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Boston Hound reports: My Thai, Sandy's Sandwiches...

joypirate | Apr 26, 2004 11:20 AM

So I don’t really know why I bothered asking about Plymouth Meeting, though they all seemed like great tips, I spent most of the trip in the city. A few thoughts:

My Thai in Fitler Square, on South Street wasn’t bad but I REALLY wanted to love it. It seemed very promising walking in until I looked at the menu and noticed a disheartening lack of Pad Kee Mao or Som Tam Thai (spicy green papaya salad) or anything at all made with squid on the menu. The new wife and I honeymooned in Thailand and are therefore utterly spoiled with regard to Thai cuisine. I noticed that one of the curries on the menu was made without coconut milk so I thought that perhaps the restaurant’s proprietors hailed from Northern Thailand and their proficiency was with Isaan cuisine. Maybe I just wasn’t used to their regionalism? To start, I ordered the sardine salad over iceberg lettuce; sardines were great, lots of fish sauce and chili sauce. I would have preferred it over green papaya or mung bean noodles instead of the iceberg lettuce though. Wife had fried vegetable spring rolls, which she seemed happy with. I tried one and couldn’t help but wish it had shrimp in it.

For entrées I had a very good green curry with shrimp, she had the ‘four comrades’ which was a vegetable dish with mushroom sauce. A bit too plain and, unsurprisingly, too mushroom-y. My curry (with coconut milk) was spot on as good as some I’d had in Thailand with subtle differences. The galangal was sliced thin here. In Thailand, you get bowls filled with aromatics like hunks of galangal and lots of bay leaves and you eat around them if you like. I liked that the galangal was sliced thin enough that it lost its harsh bitterness as you ate it. Nice cubes of eggplants (seemingly meant to mimic the itty-bitty-pea-sized eggplants in curries in Thailand) rounded out the flavors.

I ordered my curry and said, ‘pet pet’, in efforts to get the guy to bring the heat. He started laughing and he said that the menu only had 1 or 2 stars for spicy-level, but that truly they had a 5 star system for those who really wanted it. I ordered my curry at 3 stars (no need to be a hero) and it was the perfect level of spice.

For lunch the next day we hit a decent looking place called Sandy’s Sandwiches (24th & Locust I believe) and had another good meal, and a very reasonably one at that. I was gonna get a cheeseburger club or something till I noticed the place was crawling with Greeks, so I switched it up to a gyro and it was quite nice with a very freshly made pita, though the real star of the meal was Sandy’s baklava. Holy crap. I caught hints of rosewater and I asked Sandy about it and she said yup, and also, the mystery ingredient was orange zest. It was nice & syrupy (though a thinner syrup than most) and never became cloying. Wife ordered a grilled cheese w/tomato, which, though simple, was also very well done.

Between a gazillion job interviews and a gazillions appointments to see apartments we didn’t do much serious scouting, though once we land, I intend to conduct an elaborate, longitudinal study of philly cheese steaks. Part of me hopes I get a job that doesn’t start for a few weeks so I can fully dedicate myself to this task.

Out in the burbs not much else was had of any note. King of Prussia mall food is just that, despite their fancier aspirations. Had my first order of scrapple at the Eagle Diner in Warminster. Not bad. I’m somewhat less interested in doing a longitudinal scrapple study but we’ll see. We’re putting in some applications for apartments in Fitler Square so hopefully by the middle of June or so I’ll have a good HQ for Philly chowing.

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