Well, I finally made it to Bangkok Taste in Santa Ana.
The menu contained everything you would expect including satays, curries, boat noodles and rice dishes. There was also a white board displayed on the wall with the daily specials scribbled on it. Despite the lengthiness of the menu, I didnt see the one dish I was really cravingchicken with basil with fried egg. When I asked whether they had it (trying my hardest to pronounce it in Thai), he smiled broadly and said Oh yes. Either chicken, beef or pork. Basically, it turns out the dish is not on the menu, but he assured me its a special of the house, and the pork is his personal favorite. Well, it would be an insult to not order it after this recommendation, so I ordered the pork with basil (it doesnt take much convincing for me to succumb to pork). We also ordered fried tofu as an appetizer and the obligatory pad thai.
The tofu was nicely fried, with a crunchy exterior and a molten interior. You could tell they fried it at the right temperature since despite being deep fried, there was no trace of excess oil on the skin of the tofu. It came with the standard sweet chili dipping sauce with peannuts and cilantro mixed in. Very good.
The pork and basil with fried egg, was my favorite dish of the day. A generous amount of ground pork, nicely seasoned and thick with sauce, all on top a mound of white rice. The best part was the fried egg, crispy on the edges and super runny in the middle. Yum
The pad thai was fine, just not great. The noodles were nicely cooked so they werent clumpy or soggy. The sauce was not the hideous red color and it wasnt too sweet. My main complaint was the lack of peanuts and meat. In fact it was only dark meat chicken and no tofu. A little disapointing but good none the less.
Overall, a great value for about $20, not to mention that the server was very friendly and pleasant. I will definately be back to try more of their dishes.
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