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Authentic Thai Food? [Jan. 6th, 2008|11:19 pm]


Greetings all!
I am happy to be a (new) member of this community. :)

I have a problem.
I was born & raised in Michigan, home of the famously delicious Sala Thai restaurants owned by Arkom Pradithavanij.

Recently, I moved to the west coast (specifically, Seattle).
I never thought in a million years I'd have trouble finding authentic thai food here, and that I'd be confused about why it was better back in Detroit. Here, the thai chefs put ketchup and peanut butter in most of the dishes, and the menus contain things like "cashew chicken" and "garlic beef with broccoli!" :(

I've done a lot of research, but every thai restaurant I visit out here makes their curry the way I do (read: not authentic, I have no idea how to cook thai food, and it tastes horrible)!

Please PLEASE help me! Anyone have any idea why the cuisine differs so much out here? Anyone have any recommendations for REAL thai restaurants??I feel like I'm starting to go nutso. I'm dying to get my hands on some good Gaeng Gai!

Thanks in advance! <3

[User Picture]From: realkatharine4u
2008-01-07 07:59 am (UTC)
I KNEW IT! so I refuse to eat phad thai that is a redish color because it tastes like ketchup! I asked a waitress once if they put ketchup in their phad thai and she acted like I was completely nuts; not to mention my friends were in hysterics laughing at me. Anyways I'm from a suburb of Seattle but I've never actually had Thai downtown. If you're willing to drive 15 minutes google Thai Rama, they have more then one location but they are all in the family. If you want phad thai don't order southern style becuase thats what I consider the ketchup-y kind. Their Panang Curry is tastey too.
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[User Picture]From: queenspaz
2008-01-07 06:41 pm (UTC)
I will try Thai Rama, thanks.
Do you think the problem I am having is due to all the thai restaurants in Seattle cooking southern-style??
Could I be used to dishes from another region of thailand?

Thanks for your help!!
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[User Picture]From: david_anderson
2008-01-07 08:09 am (UTC)
I don't have much experience with Thai restaurants in the city, one was about like you described, and another that might have been on Eastlake was OK. There were two very good ones up in Lynnwood. Talay Thai had some very good flavor, but was inconsistent, sometimes being excellent and sometimes ending up as only good. There was also a Thai restaurant in the shopping center across the street from Talay Thai that was consistently excellent, but didn't have the same variety as Talay Thai.

The best Thai curry I had in the area was a little Thai restaurant in Bothel. It was on the ground floor of an office building. Their other dishes were mediocre to good, but their curry was excellent.

If you end up down at southcenter mall, avoid the one in the stripmall near Stanford's, I told them 7-star thai hot and it was barely medium heat. There was one on 99 near the airport that was good, but They moved, and I don't know where they ended up.

I now live down near Oly, and there isn't much good Thai down here. The best on that I've found has good flavor, but they ALWAYS screw up the heat levels on the orders. Someone else gets my Thai-hot dish and mine comes out with almost no chiles. I've resigned myself to just making my own.
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[User Picture]From: queenspaz
2008-01-07 06:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am willing to drive pretty much anywhere in the Puget Sound area to find really good thai food. I will try your recommendations. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: jubelaite
2008-01-08 06:04 am (UTC)
i'm 1000% sure cashew chicken is a real thai dish. i've lived there for 12 years and have eaten it many a time.. but i do agree there are tons of crappy thai restaurants out there.
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[User Picture]From: queenspaz
2008-01-08 10:07 pm (UTC)
Do they serve General Tso's Chicken and Mandarin Orange Chicken salad? Because the places I am talking about serve this kinda stuff, too.
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[User Picture]From: jubelaite
2008-01-10 05:14 pm (UTC)
Big no to that. But a lot of people are Thai-Chinese in Thailand. I'm just guessing though they are trying to appeal to a wide variety of people by adding practically any asian dish they can think of.
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[User Picture]From: jubelaite
2008-01-08 06:05 am (UTC)
ah and also, ketchup is added to fried rice in thailand sometimes. that style of fried rice is called "american fried rice" on the menus. its usually served with an egg on top. i dont know about pad thai though.
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[User Picture]From: queenspaz
2008-01-08 11:20 pm (UTC)
It's probably called "American Fried Rice" because putting ketchup on food did not originate in Thailand, hence my complaints about the pad thai not being authentic.
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[User Picture]From: jubelaite
2008-01-10 05:15 pm (UTC)
All the same it was a thai creation. Call it fusion food if you want to.
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From: watch_gg
2009-03-02 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thai Tom in the University District is a favorite among UW students

Chantanee's in Bellevue (New location by Bellevue Transit Center)

Thai on Hi-lands in the Renton Highlands is the one I frequent because it's closest to home

My personal favorite, though, is this Thai restaurant in Long Beach, WA. There's probably only ONE Thai restaurant in the entire area (in and outside of Long Beach), but it serves incredibly delicious food on extra huge plates for cheap! Long Beach is about 3-4 hrs from Seattle, though...
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[User Picture]From: jamescuck
2010-12-29 12:01 pm (UTC)
Spice up Your Holidays with Bright & Flavorful Thai Food!
Tourism Authority of Thailand
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