Today's entry is on the Tom Kah (coconut chicken) soup. Full disclaimer, I don't consider soup a meal. It is a side/appetizer at best. That being said, the portion they give you at Thai Kitchen is pretty impressive.
This soup contains chicken and mushrooms cooked in a coconut broth. The number of mushrooms and chicken present give it almost a hearty appearance, which helps me as far as the perception of this being more than an appetizer. Within the soup you will also find galanga (of the ginger family), lime leaves, and lemon grass. It is topped with cilantro to add to the presentation.
Like the Panang Curry in part 1, this is a great Fall dish when the weather starts cooling down. The portion is perfect for sharing if you want to split this with somebody else and still order an entree, which I am likely to do on my next visit.
Well there you have it, that concludes the 4-part series on "Thai Kitchen Alternatives". I hope it was informative and gave you a few ideas on different things to try should you be in the Bellevue area with a hankering for quality Thai cuisine.
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Every time I get this dish I think there is way more than I could possibly eat - but every time I find myself staring at an empty plate at the end of the meal. The fried chicken cutlet is expertly prepared and they provide a generous amount of curry. The fact that it is included on the side is fantastic, as it gives the diner the ability to control the amount of curry they want to put on their chicken. Me, I like mine swimming in it, so I just tip the bowl and pour it all over. I took this picture before as it looks much more appetizing from a presentation standpoint.
If you are in the Bellevue, WA area for lunch I recommend stopping by. The place is always bustling with patrons which must be a testament to the quality of their food.
The chicken was pan fried and very lightly seasoned with Flavor Gods seasoning salts. Once the chicken was fully cooked we tossed in some broccoli and quinoa and let that cook until the quinoa is ready. This meal is low in fat, high in protein and an excellent choice for those looking to eat better. It is simple to make which is extremely important to me, especially since I don't usually get home from work until about 7:00pm.
No meal is complete without a bit of spice so I always like to add a generous helping of hot sauce. The picture included above is of my leftovers the next day while at work. I keep a bottle of Tapatio Salsa Picante hot sauce at work. This added a really nice zing that brought the whole dish together to make a great lunch time treat.
My go to dish there is the Traditional Pad Thai. It's very important that you get the 'Traditional' Pad Thai. The Traditional Pad Thai is made with tamarind paste which gives it a unique and delicious flavor. The standard Pad Thai you can order from Thai Kitchen is a bit cheaper and commonly referred to as 'ketchup pad thai' as it has a brighter red color. The flavor is more red than brown and to be honest, it just isn't as good.
Other dishes that are solid include pineapple curry fried rice, Pad Kee Mao, and Pad See Ew. If you are in the Bellevue, WA area I highly recommend you check out Thai Kitchen.