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Kristi S.

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Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 03/3/04 12:56 PM (permalink)
I've been invited to eat Thai for lunch today. Never had it. Can you experts recommend a general dish that I should look for and/or try? Thanks!
 
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    Grampy

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    • Location: Greenfield, MA
    RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 03/3/04 1:04 PM (permalink)
    Pad Thai -- a traditional rice noodle dish with vegetables and shrimp is a clear choice if you have never had Thai. You can start with a chicken-coconut soup. Satays are meats on skewers -- also very nice, and usually served with a peanut sauce. Spring rolls are usually served in fresh rice wrappers with veggies and a dipping sauce. Have it with a Thai iced tea.
     
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      Edwaste

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      • Location: Milford, CT
      RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 03/3/04 1:07 PM (permalink)
      In case I'm not too late, (don't know your time zone)

      I really like the Beef Panang, with Thai Iced coffee.
       
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        Kristi S.

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        RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 03/3/04 1:15 PM (permalink)
        quote:
        Originally posted by Edwaste

        In case I'm not too late, (don't know your time zone)

        I really like the Beef Panang, with Thai Iced coffee.


        Eastern Time Zone - and whatever that is, it sounds good...
         
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          IansMom

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          • Location: Louisville, KY
          RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 03/3/04 1:43 PM (permalink)
          Kristy,
          Pad se eew is good too
           
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            Edwaste

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            RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 03/3/04 2:10 PM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by Kristi S.

            quote:
            Originally posted by Edwaste

            In case I'm not too late, (don't know your time zone)

            I really like the Beef Panang, with Thai Iced coffee.


            Eastern Time Zone - and whatever that is, it sounds good...



            Beef with a sweet/hot sauce. Then again, the blend of sweetness and spicy flavors seems to be a recurring theme with Thai dishes.



             
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              Kristi S.

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              RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 03/3/04 4:05 PM (permalink)
              Get this: I was cheated!!! I was taken to a Chinese place instead. Nothing against Chinese food, which I love - but I'd heard great things about the Thai place down the street! Next week, I'll control my own destiny and go by myself!
              (at least he paid for lunch)
               
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                Edwaste

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                RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 03/3/04 4:25 PM (permalink)
                I hope you ordered the most expensive item on the menu.
                 
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                  Jellybeans

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                  • Location: Oxford, VA
                  RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 03/3/04 5:30 PM (permalink)
                  Pad Thai is good to start with (as Grampy suggested). I'd suggest that if you can take even more spicy stuff, noodles in Tom Yam soup would be good too. Also, Thai Green Curry is great with fluffy white rice
                   
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                    arianej

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                    • Joined: 11/30/2003
                    • Location: Dayton, OH
                    RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 03/3/04 9:01 PM (permalink)
                    Since you've still got time to explore some possible menu choices, here's a neat site with pictures, recipes and dish descriptions that might give you some ideas:

                    http://www.thaitable.com

                    I love Thai food, especially the red and yellow curries. For appetizers, see if they've got Yum Nua, a cold salad made with thinly sliced beef and lettuce, with a spicy/tangy dressing with lime, fish sauce, mint, cilantro and chilies. Heavenly!

                    Ariane
                     
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                      JimInKy

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                      • Location: Lexington, KY
                      RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 03/3/04 9:13 PM (permalink)
                      Hey Kristi, I think Grampy recommended a perfect first Thai restaurant experience to you. It's exactly what I would have suggested.

                      Pad thai can be prepared with pork, beef, shrimp, chicken, TVP or a combination of any. My favorite is pad thai made with shrimp. You can order pad thai with as much heat as you prefer. Go light the first time. Thai restaurants are serious about adding heat to a dish, but try to get a clear signal about what the customer truly seeks in that regard.

                      Pad thai is the national dish of Thailand and is also called Thailand's national snack.

                      The other Thai dishes mentioned are terrific too. Thai food is just wonderful, Kristi; I hope you enjoy and fully investigate the world of Thai food.
                       
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                        carlton pierre

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                        • Location: Knoxville, TN
                        RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Mon, 09/20/04 5:58 PM (permalink)
                        All the suggestions are superb. I remember my first trip to a Thai restaurant in Cincinnati years ago. A friend recommended I go check out a particualr restaurant and he went on and on about how good it was. When I asked what he had he replied , "I don't know, just order #35."

                        carl reitz
                         
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                          Danmel

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                          • Location: Long Island, NY
                          RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Thu, 09/23/04 10:00 AM (permalink)
                          My new favorite Thai dish is a 'salad" of ground chicken and rice topped with fish sauce and cilantro and scallions and served cold on a bed of lettuce- it is usually called a "Larb" -it is very vibrant and refreshing. My husband loves the red curry usually called Gang ped- I try to stay away from the coconut based suaces cause they kill your arteries! Basil Duck and Chicken are really good too!
                           
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                            EdSails

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                            RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Thu, 09/23/04 6:07 PM (permalink)
                            My all time favorite Thai dish is Duck Salad. Fresh lettuce, roast duck, carrots and a spicy salad dressing. Yummy!
                             
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                              BT

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                              • Location: San Francisco, CA
                              RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Thu, 09/23/04 11:05 PM (permalink)
                              My Thai standards: Yum nuer (beef salad) and red or "mussumun" (a Thai corruption of a word for Moslem) chicken curry (which is like the red version but usually a bit less spicey and sweeter). I'm also a big fan of Tom Kha Gai (the afformentioned chicken coconut soup).
                               
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                                downtown

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                                • Location: Lubbock, TX
                                RE: Need Thai suggestions! Quick!!! Wed, 10/6/04 6:25 PM (permalink)
                                so what did you end up getting?
                                 
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