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.