What to Order at Sripraphai (Queens)?
Headed there tomorrow for dinner with some friends, and am wondering what dishes people recommend? There will be four of us so we'll have a chance to order quite a few dishes - what are the menu dos and don'ts? We eat pretty much everything...
I think I've been to SPP more than any other restaurant in the city.
My favs are:
-Sauteed pork leg with basil (seemingly made different every time though)
-Penang curry with beef (get it with beef the way it was meant to be)
-Softshell crab with mango salad (Was $9 only couple years ago. Now it's $17)
-Any of the steamed or fried whole fish preps (not the boring filets)
-Seafood with green peppercorn dish (interesting herbal flavor)
-Green curry (roasted duck green curry is very good)
-Raw shrimp (Thai ceviche!)
-BBQ beef/ pork tenders (these are OK, not great)
-Tom Yum (don't really order it anymore but it's good)
In general, I think their fried stuff is good. They use clean oil or change it frequently perhaps. And the seafood dishes are pretty solid, though I wish they had more.
My thoughts on some of their other stuff:
-I don't think they do stir-fry noodle dishes well. The noodles themselves are almost always poorly prepared. Noodle soups I haven't explored so much.
-The som tam are prepared seemingly as an afterthought here. Not one of their strengths. Better at Zabb Elee.
-I find their larb dishes a bit too farangafied. Prefer northern style with a bit of offal, etc. If you want sort of straight clean ground meat larb, then I guess this is the place for you. Otherwise, another one better at Zabb.
-The sator beans are either frozen or made from dried beans. I don't know if they can get fresh sator beans here. They are not really THAT stinky or hard to eat. Using fresh beans makes a serious difference. Much better. So I stopped ordering this dish here.
nice list, a ton of good suggestions. But............
I have never thought much of the beef served at Srip and can't think of one dish they make with beef that is worth ordering. It may not be authentic,but to me the Penang Curry at Srip is better with pork. I think the last time the delicious Fried Soft Shell Crab has been under ten dollars was when Srip was one narrow storefront. I remember that for a long time it was the it was just about the only dish on the menu over ten dollars. I am one of the Drunken Noodle fans and though it may lack "Wok Hay" I still love the dish and when eating with a group I need a noodle dish to round out the meal. As for sator bean, my experience with durian was enough to scare me away from anything to stinky to be served indoors.
The crab was $9 when we first started going in 2005, before they opened the new wing on the right. It got bumped up to $11 a few years later. This is my wife's favorite dish. We used to sometimes double up on it...Never had any negative issues with the beef in the Penang Curry or the BBQ beef app. It's less chewy and gamey than you would get in Thailand and that's not necessarily a bad thing...Fresh sator beans cooked into a dish are not that stinky unless you really hate asparagus (smells similar) and they have a nice plump texture and mouthfeel. Shrimp with sator beans is a Phuket style southern dish.
"Sauteed pork leg with basil (seemingly made different every time though)"
Oh yes, I strongly second this.
Also, the Southern Style Curry is one of the hottest things I've ever eaten in a restaurant, if you're into that sort of thing. You'll have to ensure they don't dumb it down though. YMMV depending on your waiter.
Here's my standard list:
A6 Crispy watercress salad
A7 Crispy catfish salad
A13 Larb (pork) with mint, chili, lime
A15 Fried soft shell crab with green mango sauce
N5 Drunken noodles
N9 Kao soy
C10 Sauteed chinese broccoli w crispy pork
C16 Sauteed crispy pork
C19 Sauteed pork with string beans
C21 Penang curry
C22 Massaman curry
C25 Green curry with duck