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Lowell Southeast Asia fans -need help finding a dish

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hargau Jan 16, 2014 09:24 AM

Back in the days of the SE Asia restaurant buffet. There were a couple dishes on the buffet labelled "blazing hot".. one of them was a ground chicken with basil dish. Some days it was painful to eat, but i loved it. Cant find it like that anywhere.. From their current website, i think it was this: Phad Prig Bai Grapao
Ground chicken with Thai basil, chili peppers, onions. A real bowl of fire!

I have had Grapao at various thai restaurants but nothing close to what the SE Asia version was..

Anyone remember this?? know a place to get such a thing?

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    jfung77 Jan 16, 2014 09:53 AM

    Similan's in East Cambridge. Very spicy!

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      hargau Jan 16, 2014 11:47 AM

      Do they have that dish? I dont see it on their menu..(careful their menu on their webpage sets off my virus detector but i found a copy on a different site) It's not just a question of getting any dish that is spicy. i can find lots of spicy dishes..

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        jfung77 Jan 17, 2014 09:17 AM

        Similan's has it under their "Thai Style Dishes"

        Tl02. Kow Rad Gaprow Kai Dao choose from minced chicken or beef with thai spices and herbs over rice. served with an egg sunny-side up.

        I love spice and this dish still makes me sweat and my nose run.

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          hargau Jan 17, 2014 09:22 AM

          cool! Thanks

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      grant.cook Jan 16, 2014 12:38 PM

      Its a pretty common dish - labels can vary though. Chicken Gra Pow, for example. If I remember correctly the English version is "Chicken with Holy Basil"

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        Dinsdale45 Jan 16, 2014 01:12 PM

        Back in their heyday, I tried to replicate the blazing hot dishes at home. Most of the other phat prik bai grapao dishes I've seen use sliced chicken and long cut veggies. The dish I came up with was pretty close.

        BTW, the toughest to replicate was their version of nam prik ong (the blazing pork dish). I swear that early on, they had a long list of ingredients for that in the menu, but I've never been able to find a similar recipe, or make anything that comes close.

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          hargau Jan 16, 2014 01:55 PM

          yea their version was finely ground, not sliced... Miss that dish.. There is a spicy Cambodian ground chicken dish with basil that i get at simply khmer that is really good but different.

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          phatchris Jan 16, 2014 01:21 PM

          Khao Sarn does a good version.

          1. Luther Jan 17, 2014 03:00 AM

            S&I specializes in this kind of stir fried over rice dish

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              hargau Jan 18, 2014 04:08 AM

              The other thing i would love to find is the laotion custard cake dessert that they had there

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