Thai Kitchen Alternatives: Tom Kah Soup

Wow the last few posts seem to have flown right by! Here we are at the final of my 4-part series on "Thai Kitchen Alternatives". Overall my experience trying some different dishes has been very positive. I will likely continue to indulge in their delicious Traditional Pad Thai in the majority of my visits - but I will be sure to mix it up once in awhile!

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.

Which was your favorite? Take the poll below and let me know!
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Chicken Katsu with Curry

Close to our office is a fantastic restaurant for lunch if you want to taste some Japanese dishes. Kiku Sushi offers an assortment of dishes including sushi, an ever changing bento box, and one of my favorites - chicken katsu with curry, white rice, and miso soup.

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.
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Chicken and Broccoli on a Bed of Quinoa

Not all of the best food is found in restaurants. Sometimes the most awesome delicious meals are home made as is the case with today's post. Lately I have been trying to eat a bit healthier and so it's important to focus on lean proteins and vegetables.

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.
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Tasty Pad Thai

One of my favorite types of foods that can be found in abundance in the Pacific Northwest is Thai food. No place does Thai Food better than Thai Kitchen in Bellevue, WA!

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.
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