Had dinner last night at Aroi Thai in Rhinebeck and considering a few favorable posts re: this place it was terrible. We were greeted by the matriarch of the family, a very nice lady and put in our orders. For starters I ordered mee krob as an appetizer and a tom ka gai soup, two of my measuring sticks for Thai cuisine. The mee krob came out first and I looked at it in disbelief, there was only plain cripy rice noodles with no coating or garnishes and a dish of peanut sauce with a tiny bit of tamarind buried in it somewhere. When mee krob is done right the noodles are stir fried with the tamarind paste and shrimp, scallions and coconut are added. In response to my complaint the daughter? came out and told me that this recipe was obtained by her mother from someone who was a chef at the palace in Bangkok and that it was authentic and very popular. I was not convinced and she promised to remove it from our bill. A little while later the mom came out again and told me that the cook came up with the mee krob recipe and that she didn't like it herself.
The tom ka gai soup was pretty anemic with almost no coconut milk and no slice of galagna. My masaman curry was pretty much along the same line, chunks of undercooked potato and many pieces of canned pineapple with a little bit of sliced chicken.
I won't be back.