seems authentic to me but what do i know. at least it isn't watered down to whiteguy tastes. it struck such strong notes, though, that it might be something interesting.
small ex-chinese restaurant with four dingy booths and a big kitchen which smells right. a woman working, cutting bunches of greens in the front table, in the back a couple speaking loud vietnamese, eating some interestingly home cooked fried squid dish; in the middle table two middle aged men, perhaps from india, doing business loudly on their cell phones, eating a dish of some sort of pallid vegetables, probably a vestigal chinese item from the restaurant's previous owners. i love queens.
what i ordered: squid salad (yum pla merk) and sliced steak (beef) in lime juice (nur num tok). i asked for thai spicy ("really?" "yes, spicy." and got spicy enough but not thai so.)
the squid salad: great, perfectly balanced sauce, but the squid was as rubbery as an eraser!
the beef was interesting too. it was not a great cut of beef and not marinated until soft, and it was unbalanced, very sour. still, i enjoyed it, as it was different.
all in all -- an interesting meal, not at all like the compromisal thai food i've come to expect at most places -- but a far different animal from sripraphai. seemed more home cooked, less ceremonial, less "clean".
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