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Pig "Products" soup at Wondee Siam

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Pig "Products" soup at Wondee Siam

Tolstyak | Aug 27, 2003 11:09 AM

Yesterday I went to the WS on the east side of 9th Ave. It was my first trip there, after being down on Manhattan Thai restaurants and deciding to go after reading positive posts on this site. I sat next to someone who could have passed for a Thai kickboxer on a lunch break--dressed in gym duds and all muscle. He was hunched over a bowl of soup that looked and smelled wicked. I asked him what it was, and he paused and said, it's a noodle soup with pork. I looked on the menu and saw a noodle soup on there and asked for it, but the waitress said what he was having was different and asked if I want what he was having. I said yes. He was still struggling to find a better description of the soup after I had ordered, and finally said it is a soup with pork "products". I said that sounds just fine to me. What came was an incredible pork offal soup--replete with what I believe were intestines, pig ears, and cubes of jellied blood. This soup is on my short list of best soups in the city. I told the waitress that this is amazing and asked whether it was on the menu. She said it was on the "Thai" menu. Sad to think that so many great dishes may only be listed on the Thai menu at this place. It appears the thing to do is order what other Thais are eating or ask the waitresses (who seemed very nice indeed) for suggestions off the Thai menu. I'll need to go a few more times, but I have a feeling this place aspires to Sripraphai greatness, and clearly is the best Thai restaurant in Manhattan.

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