Yes, diehard fans of Indian cuisine as we are even yours truly occasionally tires of desi food and craves a change.
So, off we headed to a Thai restaurant for lunch today.
Of course, we’re not complete strangers to Thai food since we’ve had Pad Thai noodles on several occasions (both the restaurant variety and the grocery store version).
Plus, with the Border’s liquidation sale in its final phase we decided to pick up some books and kill two birds with one stone.
Thai food is often touted as spicy, well at least some items.
But like most ethnic restaurants in America, the restaurant we visited also bastardized the food to suit effete American palate (dunno why the Thai kitchen did it to us because our accents and appearance make it unmistakable that we’re Indians).
With the result, the food was not as spicy as we’d have wanted.
Still, it was overall pretty flavorful and made for a welcome change from our usual staples of Idli, Sambar, Chapati, and an Aloo Curry.
Besides the the three bags of books we got at Border’s (at 70%-90% off), we also got the following Thai food items for lunch today:
Yummy Tom Yum Soup – Right Stuff on a Rainy Day
Spring Roll with Hot & Sour Thai Sauce – One More, Please
Spicy Tofu with Rice – Alas, Not So Spicy but Tasty
Pad Thai – Deeelicious, More So with Some Red Chilli Sauce
Hot Green Curry with Chicken – Not So Hot but Flavorful
Mango with Sticky Rice – Well, Let’s Say Interesting!
Thai restaurants are like Indian restaurants in one respect.
Yes, you guessed it. When it comes to service, just fuhgeddaboudit.
That is the case with more than 95% of the Thai restaurants.
The only Thai restaurant chain that I have seen make things spicy is called Dusita, which has a few outlets in the Bay Area. If you ask them for spicy food they warn you that it is “Thai spicy”, not “American spicy”, and what you get is true to their warning: stuff that sets your internal plumbing on fire.
Alas, no Dusitas here.
We’ll give the cold shoulder to Indian food and hit a Thai restaurant the next time we’re in NYC. Let’s see how it turns out.