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Thai Aroy Dee, Leeds

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NorthernFood Jan 16, 2012 10:03 AM

I haven't posted on here in ages, because it's rare that I find something genuinely chow-worthy in Leeds (in the sense of somewhere undiscovered and amazing). Thai Aroy Dee fits the bill.

It's a little casual BYO Thai place on Vicar Lane in the city centre with an until recently secret Thai only menu. I had it translated but they've now done it themselves which makes ordering a whole lot easier. I've been four times, now standout dishes have been:

Noodle soup with stewed beef - great broth, good noodles, generous quantities of both beef balls and lovely gelatinous brisket.

Som tam with grilled chicken - excellent pounded salad, really zingy and hot as hell. Served with perfectly crisp skinned chicken thigh.

All the other salads - especially the laab gai and nam tok. All agressively spiced/seasoned but balanced with it.

Shrimp paste fried rice with all the trimmings - wonderful textural contrasts; sharp shattering crispy shallots, crunchy/chewy dried shrimp, chewy/nuggety chunks of pork and pork fat, crunchy but yielding cashews, soft omelette. Delicious.

Yen ta fo - fish ball noodle soup with a wonderful savoury sweet red beancurd broth.

Raw prawn salad - simple but intense fish sauce/lime/chilli/garlic dressing, wonderfully fresh prawns.

This is the best Thai food I've had in the UK, with the possible exception of 101 Thai in London (I haven't been to the Heron though).