Ok, so it's been about 4 mos. in my new home of Santa Cruz, and I've been reveling in all the great organic produce and fresh meat/seafood that are abundant and affordable here. I've made some of my best home-cooked meals in the past few mos. However, when it comes to most Asian food, I prefer eating out. Been having a serious hankering for Thai food lately...
Decided to risk going to Real Thai Kitchen on Soquel in the Seabright Plaza the other night. For a Tues. night, they had 4-5 tables filled which seemed like a good sign. Didn't feel like sitting in their dingey dining area on a rainy night, so got take-out. Duck curry, coconut chicken soup, and white rice. Total was $18+.
Got home (we live 4 blocks away), opened up the containers, and immediately knew it wasn't going to be good just by the looks of things. Soup looked like they mixed water w/ coconut milk, threw in a bunch of canned straw mushrooms, and pieces of overcooked chicken. No red-streaks indicating any heat. Taste was unidimensional, more sour and sweet, no spice, chicken was stale. SAD. Duck curry had some spice, but duck didn't taste that fresh. No question, the worst meal I've had in SC thus far. Real Thai was, frankly, real bad.
I know there are a few other Thai places in town (Sabieng, Bangkok West), so was wondering where I should go to get my GOOD (great might be overshooting) Thai fix? I like lots of spice, curries, soups; don't like pad thai. This makes me miss LA more...
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