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#1 mongo_jones

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 07:42 PM

we really like bangkok thai deli and on's kitchen on university avenue in st. paul. but that's an hour each way and so we're always on the lookout for plausible substitutes in the south metro which we can combine with trips to costco, ikea and so forth. so far we've tried:

1. taste of thai yai in apple valley. never gone back.

2. spice in savage. never going back.

3. thai curry house in burnsville. have been more than once.

 

this weekend we stopped in at joy's pattaya thai in richfield. a small menu, mostly by the numbers but done better than at most places of similar, low ambition and the food was not quite as diabetes-inducing as minnesota thai can be. would go back.


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#2 prasantrin

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 11:15 PM

Do you ever mention as you order that you don't want dishes to be sweet? My sister always does that, and she gets much better food than her friends (who don't make the same request) do (she lives in New Hampshire. Very sweet Thai food seems to be more of a US thing than a Canadian one based on my limited frame of reference. https://www.nytimes....od-america.html touches on the sweetness problem)



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 02:22 AM

it's a little hard to take seriously an article about thai food in america that does not even mention los angeles' thai town (and environs), which is home to the best thai food in the country and a very concentrated thai population.


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current whisky review: balvenie 14, 2002, "peat week"

 

current recipe: mixed vegetable torkari

 

 

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#4 prasantrin

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 04:54 AM

I got the impression the author only wanted to discuss areas of which he had first hand knowledge.

Re: sweetness in Thai food, my father found Thai food (in Thailand) of the late'90s to be much sweeter than Thai food of the '80s. But Thai food made for farangs in the US is even sweeter.

#5 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:46 PM

it's a little hard to take seriously an article about thai food in america that does not even mention los angeles' thai town (and environs), which is home to the best thai food in the country and a very concentrated thai population.

very lex-like.

 

She did mention LA as an epicenter of Thai culture twice, just that she's clearly bay area based.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:31 PM

 

She did mention LA as an epicenter of Thai culture twice,

 

 

 

really? where?

this?
 

"They’re part of a sea change that in recent years has produced ambitious and acclaimed Thai restaurants around the country, particularly in West Coast cities like Los Angeles and Portland, Ore."

 

 

and this?

 

The Thai Consulate in Los Angeles estimates that there are more than 200,000 Thais in the state, enough to have restaurants that cater only to them.

 

 

 

neither comes close to mentioning "la as an epicenter of thai culture". but my point is not that l.a is an epicenter of thai culture (though it is--more thais there than anywhere outside thailand, i believe) but that if you want to discuss how thai food in the u.s is pitched and how it is changing (and has changed) referring to los angeles only in generalities is not very useful.

 

the first quote above gives the impression that the thai food scene in los angeles is equivalent to the pok pok-led scene in portland. in fact, it's nothing like that.

 

the second would be more usefully fleshed out by actual discussion of a place where there is a whole section of town catering to thais, with quite a bit of regional specificity. it's the new york times--they could probably fly the writer down to los angeles from san francisco for a day or two.


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#7 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:34 PM

ok LEX


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#8 mongo_jones

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 02:20 AM

i keep forgetting that attending your advanced tebow studies classes in college meant you had to skip the ones where you would have learnt to read.


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current restaurant review: st. john (london)

 

current whisky review: balvenie 14, 2002, "peat week"

 

current recipe: mixed vegetable torkari

 

 

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#9 Orik

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 02:31 AM

There's a better Thai restaurant in LA's Thai town than Kin Khao?


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 02:57 AM

i have not been to kin khao*. but there's a certainly a more diverse set of thai restaurants in los angeles--and has been for a long time--than in san francisco.

 

 

*though i suspect that on the basis of taste alone, there might be a few; kin khao, i'm sure, has them all beat on ambience, service and high-end ingredients and plating.


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current restaurant review: st. john (london)

 

current whisky review: balvenie 14, 2002, "peat week"

 

current recipe: mixed vegetable torkari

 

 

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#11 mongo_jones

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 03:06 AM

i mean, there are many restaurants in thai town, a large fraction of whose menu entries are "not for beginners" and they don't need to be described as such...


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current restaurant review: st. john (london)

 

current whisky review: balvenie 14, 2002, "peat week"

 

current recipe: mixed vegetable torkari

 

 

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#12 Sneakeater

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 03:39 AM

I would so love to hear what you think about Ugly Baby in Brooklyn.  Which I understand would probably, in your estimation, be no better than the upper part of the middle.

 

Unfortunately, the chances of your being in Carroll Gardens seem, um, remote.


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 03:44 AM

They do deliver.

 

But probably not to Minneapolis/St. Paul.


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 04:02 AM

have you been to fish cheeks?

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 04:03 AM

There are too many places to go.

 

Soon.

 

Thanks for reminding me.

 

(Another good post-LPR place.  Thanks again.)


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