Archives for: November 2002, 07
Hey there! I hope this column hits in time for your reunion! :-} Basically, there are only two cuisine-specific items to watch out for ~~ but they're in everything ~~ namely, coconut milk and peanuts.
There's little wheat in the joint, other than the clearly described egg noodles or green onion pancakes -- "saigon pancake," my local place calls them -- and some spots offer a few pork dishes, while some don't. Predominantly, the noodles, roll wraps and dumpling covers are made of rice (although, yeah, it always pays to ask).
Other than that: it's chicken, seafood, beef, raw salads, spicy thin soups and astonishing fresh flavors!I'd be inclined to choose lemongrass/chili sauces over the marvelous red curries (the coconut milk), but once won't kill ya! :-D Basil, peppers, fish sauce, ginger, chives all play their part in Thai delights. You can always have the beef satay (thin skewers of marinated meat) without the peanut sauce... the Pad Thai (lovely fresh-and-dried shrimp/noodle dish) without the peanuts... but hey, I'll look the other way. It's your reunion: Enjoy yourself!
The smallest Thai eatery serves everything from green papaya salad to steamed whole fish, and the menus are quite informative as to their ingredients.
I adore Thai cuisine... and pretty soon you will, too. :-D Have a great time!!