Thai dishes similar to Pad Thai
I'm going out to a Thai restaurant with friends tomorrow and I want to try to order something new. I absolutely LOVE Pad Thai but I also like to force myself to taste different dishes in a cuisine. Any suggestions?
In terms of spicy food I have a low to moderate tolerance, so I'm somewhat open to curry dishes too. This restaurant is pretty straightforward and traditional, they have a lot of dishes that I've noticed on other Thai menus too.
If you like pad thai because of the peanuts, you might also like mussaman curry, which is also big on peanut flavors. If it's the rice noodles and you've got nothing against basil, I like pad kee mow. As for spiciness, just about every place lets you pick your own, though it can take a visit or two to figure out just what your view on their 'American medium' is.
Typical Thai curry spiciness and their colors:
- Green - the spiciest.
- Yellow - spicy
- Red - mild
There are water-based curries and coconut milk based curries -- I find the coconut milk based ones a little sweeter, so you won't feel the burn of spices as much.
You may not see curry on the lunch menu. There's a Thai restaurant near here that has a lunch menu that consists of just Thai street food - “Aharn Jahn Deow” (one plate food) - stir-fry over white rice or a noodle stir-fry. I look on the lunch menu for curries, but they just list dishes like Pad Kratiem Prik Thai and Pad Thai.
cnevertz, I feel the same way about pad thai and also have to force myself to sometimes order something else. One girl I know eats thai for dinner once a week and she always gets pad thai.
I applaud your spirit of adventure and like others recommend the drunken noodles. But let us know how you make out, if you were in fact able to order something different, and how you liked it.