Tuesday, March 23, 2010

True Thai is not cheap! (just inexpensive)

I will admit to something many people do not like to confess to. I google myself. Not just me, but True Thai Restaurant. I google a lot. It feels good to read what others have written about True Thai.

Minnesota Monthly mentioned us a couple of weeks ago. We're on page six of their Cheap Eats story about "the 99 best splurges in the metro under $10."

No one likes to be thought of as cheap, but it's true — you can order our vegetarian red curry with Kabocha squash for only $8.95. Or you can get it with tofu or mock duck for $9.95. Animal protein will cost you extra but the important thing isn't the price. The important thing is that True Thai's red curry with Kabocha squash is good for you.

For starters, Thai curries are mostly made with coconut milk. Coconut milk got a very bad rap in this country because of high saturated fat content. Now nutritionists realize that the saturated fat in coconut is made up of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). Meat and dairy products contain long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) which are not as good for you.

Too boring? Try this: "MCFAs...might help speed up metabolism and help promote weight loss." Do I have your attention now?

I thought so. And coconut milk is not even the healthiest part of this popular dish. The Kabocha squash [Japanese winter squash] isn't just healthy, it's revered as "an aphrodisiac"!

Add to that lots of beta carotene, iron, vitamin C, potassium and essential traces of calcium, folic acid and B vitamins and you have a very healthy meal.

For $8.95.