So this is my second post on finding good ethnic food in what might otherwise seem to be the culinary wasteland of Beaumont, Texas.
OK, really, it isn't a wasteland. There's amazing southern, bbq, cajun, tex-mex, and seafood here, among other things. But we just moved back to Texas after 7 years just outside of NYC. Needless to say, we were a bit spoiled. And now we live in a town south of Beaumont where there's a real lack of interesting, ethnic cuisine.
I'd heard about Chaba Thai from a couple of people, so my husband and I got to check it out this afternoon. Going out to eat thai food is dangerous for us, as we've spent some time in Thailand and have had amazing, fantastic, fresh Thai food. So it is easy for us to be disappointed.
We most assuredly were not. For some silly reason, I always try the pad thai anytime I try a new thai place. It is my standard bearer, even though it has become a bit pedestrian. Their pad thai was quite good. And they brought a small bowl of chili pepper flakes so we could tailor the heat to our own tastes.
We also had the pla tod (pad fried tilapia) with vegetables and the garlic and chili sauce. It was delish! My husband couldn't stop eating it. It reminded us a lot of a meal we had in Ko Phangan, which was one of the best meals we've ever had. For dessert, we had the sticky rice that was also quite wonderful.
No, this wasn't as good as the food in Thailand. But it was still quite good and it was certainly some place we'd take even our foodiest of NYC friends if they came to visit. That is saying a lot.
Needless to say, we'll be back.
Chaba Thai Cuisine
4340 E Lucas Dr, Beaumont, TX 77708