Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Yes, you read that correctly. True Thai Restaurant will be open all Labor Day weekend. Thanks to our successfully hooking up with GrubHub and Bitesquad — not to mention True Thai's own intrepid delivery team — True Thai will remain open all weekend so we can deliver food to your Labor Day weekend party.

Or you can stop in and enjoy a tasty break from the heat with some iced Thai lemonade and spring rolls. We will be open regular hours all weekend.

Big order? Call it in now to make sure it's delivered to your doorstep at just the right time. The rest is up to you. Should True Thai be open on more holidays? We'll find out this Monday!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

True Thai: Now Delivering to the Twin Cities!

True Thai's delivery team is still making deliveries to customers who live within five miles of the restaurant, but if you're outside our delivery area, you can now go to Bitesquad to order your favorite True Thai dishes!

Delivery fees vary depending on how far Bitesquad has to go to deliver your True Thai order.

Just one more way in which we're making it easier for you to ensure your next Thai meal is True Thai.

Monday, August 12, 2013


This news story out of Thailand will probably not mean much to you, but it means a great deal to me!

Rules issued in 1972 compelled Thai pupils to have identical hairstyles — a trim not below the earlobes for girls and a maximum five-centimetre length for boys — until the end of high school. 
But students are now hoping to flaunt their individuality after an edict by Thailand’s education ministry in May scrapped the measure. 
The issue, in a nation which emphasises collective culture over individualism, was sparked by an anonymous complaint by a 15-year-old student to the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand in 2011, saying the strict rules violated human rights and freedom. 
“It made adolescent students lack confidence and lose concentration in studying,” the student said in the letter, which won mass support across social media among teenagers.
The letter stirred debate in a country where the education system often faces accusations of promoting rigid conformity over creativity and independent thought. 
Under the new rules, girls are able to grow their hair long — although they will have to wear it tied back in matching ponytails — while boys can grow their hair to the nape of their neck.

Yes, when I was going to school in Thailand I had to wear a pudding-bowl bob. No, oddly enough, I do not have any pictures of me wearing my hair that way, but here is an example:

When I was young, I asked Sister Joan of Arc (yes, that was her name and you had to say all of it!) why I couldn't wear my hair long like Jesus. Sister Joan of Arc told me to go stand in the corner with my arms straight out, just like Jesus on the cross. Even in Thailand nuns are very tough.

Growing up in Thailand children were not allowed to speak when they got their hair cut. You sat quietly in the salon chair because there was nothing to say. Every young girl got the same pudding bowl hair cut (a student style haircut), and every boy got his hair cut short. The barber shops and beauty salons had no choice in this matter. Even students from private schools like the Archdiocese of Chanthaburi had to wear their hair the same way.

It was not until I moved to this country that I got to tell my hairdresser how I wanted my hair done. That's why I love this country very much.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Free Stir Fry Sauce!

Did you know that when CNN created a list of the World's 50 Most Delicious Foods, Thailand's Masaman Curry was voted #1? Of course if you have ever eaten Masaman Curry, this does not surprise you.

What may surprise you is that the next time you buy curry sauce from True Thai, you may get some free Stir Fry sauce with your order. True Thai sells curry sauce by the pint ($5.00) and quart ($8.00). Take it home, add the protein and veggies of your choice, make some jasmine rice and you're all set to impress your family and guests.

From now until Labor Day, if you buy two quarts of True Thai curry sauce, you will get one pint of True Thai Stir Fry sauce for free. You have many flavors to pick from: Masaman, Red, Green, Yellow or Rama Peanut. Feel free to buy four pints if you prefer, but so long as your order adds up to two quarts of curry sauce, we'll throw in a free pint of True Thai stir fry sauce.

True Thai's prepared curry sauces have always been a good deal, but throw in some free stir fry sauce and you get a great deal!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Best Deal Ever!

Really, it does not get any better than this!

We have never offered a better deal and I doubt we ever will again. Certificates are only on sale for a short time so act now. Whether you use it yourself or give it as a gift, $75 gift certificates for only $50 is the best deal you'll find anywhere! Buy now and use whenever you like.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Chosen by diners everywhere!

Thank you to the readers of Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine for picking True Thai Restaurant to be their 2013 Diners Choice Best Thai Restaurant.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine has been a good friend to True Thai over the years. Their critics and readers alike have been some of our biggest fans and we are grateful for their support.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Closed for the Fourth of July

True Thai Restaurant will be closed Thursday, July 4th. We will be open regular hours Wednesday, July 3, and Friday July 5.

Yes, we have a 4th of July in Thailand, except we call it July 4th, and no, we do not celebrate it. No fireworks or firecrackers.

Our July holidays are Asalha Puja (วันอาสาฬหบูชา) and Vassa (วันเข้าพรรษา), which are the Buddhist observance of the Buddha's first discourse (the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta), and Buddhist "Lent." These are lunar holidays, so they are celebrated on different days each year.

When I was little, sometimes we would try to say Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta three times really fast, but you did not want to stand in front of someone when they did this.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Best of voting open is taking votes for Best Spa, Best Live Bands, Best Radio Stations, Best Place to Get a Tattoo and Best Thai.

I think you know what to do.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Father's Day is this Sunday!

Father's Day is Sunday, June 16, this year. 

Have you made your reservations yet?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Closed Memorial Day

True Thai will be closed on Memorial Day, May 27, in honor of those who gave their lives in service to others. We will be open Saturday and Sunday, and will re-open at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 28.

Enjoy your time with friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Raised on Rainwater

NOTE: I have been holding this post since late February. I wanted to post this on a rainy day, but instead we kept getting snow! I think spring is finally here and now is the time to share this post with you.


A friend told me that Thailand is promoting Rainwater Jar Culture. This is an old tradition in Thailand that had started to fade away, then was revived about the time I came to the United States. Rainwater is pure water, and that's a good thing since much of the water in Thailand is not safe to drink.

My friend was surprised to learn that I grew up drinking nothing but rainwater. Chanthaburi is by the ocean, and by the time river water reached us it wasn't fit to drink so every family had at least a dozen rainwater jars for collecting rainwater. You could tell how many kids were in a family by how many rainwater jars they had. The Prasomphol house had two dozen jars like these.

Rainwater is good for you but if you drink rainwater it is important to use fluoride toothpaste because there is no fluoride in rainwater. Also no arsenic, animal waste or other contaminants.

Rainwater jars are a very old tradition in Southeast Asia, but I do not think they would work so well here in Minnesota because they work best where there's lots of rain.

Update: My apologies. I thought I had waited long enough but I was wrong. Parts of Minnesota south of the Twin Cities got up to eight inches of snow yesterday. I do not think rainwater barrels would work very well for Minnesotans.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Deliveries are back!

I took time off from the restaurant in February and March and only recently came back. I was surprised to find out they had stopped making deliveries while I was gone!

If you live or work within five miles of True Thai and order $25 worth of food, we will deliver it to you. Just call 612 375-9942 to place your order.

And thank you to everyone who's been coming in recently. Seeing a crowded restaurant was the best welcome back gift I could have ever hoped for.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Thank you!

Another year, another City Pages' Readers' Choice award for Best Thai Restaurant in the Twin Cities. Thank you to all our loyal customers for voting for us again.

True Thai doesn't spend money on advertising or marketing, so I keep thinking each award will be our last since so much of the "Best of" phenomena is tied in with how much you advertise and where. That does not seem to be the case in Minnesota. We have won so many awards from publications we don't advertise in, and so much of that is driven by you, our customers.

Thank you for choosing True Thai, again and again.

Monday, April 15, 2013


I wrote a special post about rainwater for this year's Songkran post, but since all the rain in Minnesota is still frozen, I am saving it for later.

Instead, check out Bob Collins' post and photos on this year's Songkran here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Student Unrest?

I made a rare trip to south Minneapolis yesterday and when I drove by Washburn High School, I doublechecked my watch. It was after 1 p.m., but hundreds of students were walking around, many leaving the campus.

Today, in the Star Tribune, I read that the students were protesting the school district's investigation of their athletic director. I think those students must really like their athletic director.

When I was young, there was a very big student protest against the government of Thailand. All my classmates and I cut classes and took a six-hour bus ride to Bangkok for a big rally at a stadium. We had barely arrived at the stadium when the Army came in and announced that they were giving us five minutes to disperse or they'd release thousands of cobras into the stadium. Five minutes later we were all back on the bus heading back to Chanthaburi.

The Army officer who made up the cobra threat was promoted, the government was preserved and I moved to the United States as fast as I could. I do not know who will win this fight between Washburn students and the school district, but I do know that years from now each of those students will remember this walk out long after the school district has forgotten all about it.

I just wish I'd known what was going on. Probably not, but I like to think I might have parked my car and marched with the students for a while. At least until the cobras showed up.



Friday, March 29, 2013

Closed Easter

True Thai Restaurant will be closed Easter Sunday, March 31. We will resume regular hours Monday, April 1.

Have a happy Easter!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Even fake Thai condiments are better than ketchup!

I think Americans are most fascinated by foreign food when it is foreign food that was created by Americans. When I came to the USA, your average American thought Chow Mein was the most popular dish served in China. Fans of this blog know better, but did you know that Wikipedia's article on Chow Mein lists it as a regional dish popular (in this order) in American, Canadian, South Asian, Caribbean and Nepalese cuisine. Please note that China is not on that list.

Sriracha sauce is another good example. Yes, there is a Sriracha, Thailand. No, they don't make hot sauce in plastic bottles with a rooster on the front and a green cap on top. The Huy Fong Foods factory that makes Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce is just outside of Los Angeles. California, not Thailand or India.

When True Thai opened, only our Indian customers asked for Sriracha sauce, but we have lots of South Asian customers so we kept it on hand. I think of it as Tabasco sauce for Asians, but now even Tabasco is working on a Sriracha sauce! Over the years, we have noticed more and more American customers asking for it. Now there is a video of 27 ways to cook with Sriracha.

The truth is, Americans are crazy for Sriracha sauce. College students put it on potato chips which, in my opinion, would make the chips taste better but really you're better off not going there. Order some Palace Style Wontons instead: "fried wontons hand tossed in a sassy, sweet and tangy sauce, then drizzled with fiery Sriracha sauce." That's item number A5 on True Thai's appetizer menu.

So feel free to ask your server for Sriracha sauce, we'll be glad to bring you out a bottle — you betcha!

P.S. I do not think I could walk in these Sriracha Stilettos from HOT Couture, but I would still love to have a pair. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kiss Kiss

Any hour now several Thai couples will set the world's record for the longest kiss. I think maybe the Guardian is being a little sarcastic in this video report, but I think all of the contestants are very sweet.

You can be in love without setting a record for longest kiss, but you cannot stay in love if you don't take your sweetheart somewhere nice on Valentine's Day. True Thai is there for you and your loved one! Call 612 375-9942 for a reservation now.

UPDATE! The new kissing record is 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Top Ten

True Thai just made another Top Ten list, but not one you'll read about. We just signed up with Living Social to take online takeout and delivery orders. We did not publicize this other than to put a small link on the True Thai Restaurant front page but already we are getting dozens of orders a day through this system and, according to Living Social, that puts us in the Top Ten for Twin Cities restaurant orders on their website.

So in addition to making deliveries, True Thai now takes online orders. Or, if you like, you can come in, sit down and we'll serve you food and beverages brought directly to your table.