Normally when I visit Thai Kitchen I stick with water. That is generally due to my love of all things spice. On a scale of 1-5 stars, I eat my food at a 5 star level. During this particular visit to Thai Kitchen I stuck to a more mild temperature for these dishes.
To wash down the epic flavors of Thai food, I decided to have a Thai Iced Tea. Not only is this drink a lovely orange color, but it is very refreshing. It may look rather creamy but like the Yum Neuh Beef Salad featured in part 2 - it was very light.
While I will continue to stick with water for the majority of my visits - a Thai Iced Tea is a nice change of pace when you want something different.
Today I will cover Yum Neuh Beef Salad. Please don't quote me that I have the name correct - I was calling it 'beef salad' while I ate it (how North American of me). Generally I associate rice noodles, rice, and curries with Thai cuisine. Not often do I think of ordering a salad.
I was glad to have tried this one out. It would make a great appetizer split amongst several people for sure. It was a light fragrant meal. A bed of romaine lettuce topped with tomatoes, cilantro, mint, lime juice, and smoked chili sauce - what a great way to start a meal.
While yesterday's dish isn't an alternative I would be adding to my rotation, this salad made a great shareable portion for the next time I am out eating with my wife. Well done Thai Kitchen!
This will be the first a 4-part series on "Thai Kitchen Alternatives".
Today's entry is Panang Beef Curry. Admittedly, when I do eat curry it is almost always Green Curry. I find the flavor of the curry and the combination of vegetables to be right up my alley. This one had a much more rich flavor in the curry itself. While I didn't love that the beef came in huge blocks (I prefer thinly sliced) it did have that 'melt in your mouth' quality as it fell apart with each bite.
Served with tomatoes and basil - it almost had a soup-like quality perfect for those chilly Fall days. While not my favorite, it was still an enjoyable dish and I was glad to have tried it.
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.