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Tod Man Pla - Thai Fish Cake

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It's pretty hard to find good Tod Man Pla let alone any type of good fish cake in the US. Luckily, I just ordered them at Bangkok Inn on Oram and was very pleasantly surprised. While speaking to the owner, I was not surprised to hear her tell me that she makes them from scratch. She stated multiple times that because she's a "country girl" she knows how to make them unlike most Thai restaurants. Country or otherwise, I know they were very good and highly recommend that you get an order when dining at Bangkok Inn. They're pretty much worth the trip on their own.

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Bangkok Inn
6033 Oram St, Dallas, TX 75206

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  1. demigodh,

    Appearantly you ahve travelled to Thailand and know your way around a good menu. What are dishes you look for that displays how authentic a restaurant is or can be? Tod Man Pla and most of the appetizers I never really pay attention to becuase I usually order two entrees and split them. I have been several times to Bangkok Inn but was kinda peeved at the crowd of take-outers. I knew that place was authentic when I stepped in and could smell the fish sauce that was in a Tom Yum soup.

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    Bangkok Inn
    6033 Oram St, Dallas, TX 75206

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    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

      Thanks for the compliment LH. I have in fact been to Thailand and so I was very pleasantly surprised by the fish cakes at Bangkok Inn. When it comes to determining authenticity, I just go off what I know from TV, travel, other restaurants etc.... For Thai, it ranges from region to region. Some dishes that I love and rarely see (and if I do see I assume the restaurant is legit) include: Khao Soy, Thai Sausage, Nam Prik (I don't love this at all actually but if it's on a menu than you know the place is authentic). The best signal, other than being filled with Thai people, is if they have the standard condiments (sugar, fish sauce, peppers and vinegar) on the table.

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      Bangkok Inn
      6033 Oram St, Dallas, TX 75206

    2. Thanks for the post, I'll give it a shot.

      And I was actually thinking about you as I'm planning to collaborate with a local Thai restaurant to have them prepare off-menu dishes in a similar vein as the lunch LH threw together at Andaman. This would be a group meal with me and a few others on the forum (y'all know who you are). Please add me on twitter or shoot me an email (in my profile) as I'd love to have you there as well as hear your input towards putting the menu together.