Monday, July 13, 2009

The national dish of Thailand

Either Frugal Danny or Frugal Roxanne just posted in their Frugal Danny and Roxanne's Good & Plenty Cheap Eats Restaurant Guide about True Thai's Ultimate Pad Thai (#53).
Friendly helpful and reasonable for some really tasty good Thai food - Wins awards for best thai restaurant. i think the owner was an english major - the menu has some of the best short punchy creative writing i've read this year.
They were very nice but I feel I must correct the record. No, I am not an English major! English is my second language. But I will admit that when I was putting together True Thai's menu, I did spend a lot of time consulting a thesaurus. Here is how our takeout menu describes our Ultimate Pad Thai:
Try this legendary and gloriously addictive noodle dish, and learn why it is Thailand's gift to the world.
Pad Thai on the patio

Wikipedia has a helpful description of Pad Thai:
Pad Thai (or Phad Thai, ผัดไทย, Thai style frying") is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce (น้ำปลา), tamarind juice, red chili pepper, plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, garnished with crushed peanuts and coriander. It is normally served with a piece of lime, the juice of which can be added along with Thai condiments. Pad Thai is one of Thailand's national dishes.
Well, since Wikipedia just told you one of our secret ingredients (tamarind sauce), I might as well let you know the other ingredient that will make your Pad Thai taste like it came from Thailand: pickled radish. Also known as pickled turnip, pickled radish is very important to good Pad Thai. When you eat Pad Thai and you bite into a tiny piece of something chewier than rice noodles but tangy? That is pickled radish.

Tamarind sauce and pickled radish make Pad Thai uniquely Thai. When you go to a mediocre Thai restaurant and you find yourself thinking, hmmm, this does not taste as good as Anna's Pad Thai, that's because cheaper restaurants often cut corners and leave out the most flavorful ingredients.

Pad Thai is the national dish of Thailand, and many people eat it for lunch every day. I know we have customers who never order anything else and there are many Thai who would agree with them.