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Beef Panang Curry at Thai House Express

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Beef Panang Curry at Thai House Express

Dave MP | Jun 15, 2007 03:25 PM

I went to Thai House Express for lunch today. Service was very friendly and fast at 1:30 PM. I ordered the beef panang curry, over rice and I was really impressed.

I don't often order this dish, in fact I rarely order beef at Thai restaurants, but I thought it was one of the best versions I've ever tried. The curry was served in a bowl that contained only broth, meat, a garnish of Thai basil, and a sliver of red pepper (maybe chili? maybe sweet? I couldn't tell from the small nibble I took). In other words, there were no vegetables. Just lots of beef.

The beef was excellent, and given the quality of the pork dish, I get the sense that stewed meat of any kind is a really good bet at Thai House Express. The meat tasted and looked like brisket, clearly stewed for a long time, thus absorbing lots of great flavors. It was very lean and very tender. The panang curry was nice - not too spicy, but definitely some kick to it. Plenty of nice lemongrass flavor, and the thai basil garnish added a nice flavor as well. Since there were no veggies to take up space, the meat portion was really large. Really a lot more meat than I needed at lunch - but it was good so I ate it all.

Total price before tip was $7.55. Awesome. I'll eat some vegetables for dinner.

Dave MP

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