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Renu Nakorn vs. Thai Town

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Renu Nakorn vs. Thai Town

carnivore | Sep 25, 2003 12:50 AM

Greetings,

Thanks in advance for all the great recommendations. This being my first post, I'm gonna come right out of the box and state unappologetically that Renu Nakorn is on an equal playing field with the Thai Town greats -- not far superior as some have suggested. In fact, the green curry was outright nasty, marred by the zinc-y taste of canned bamboo shoots and bad quality canned coconut milk. Also, the Issan sausage they serve is dry and on the bitter side -- pretty flat taste. That being said, I've tried nearly half the menu by now at Renu, and I just can't see anything topping the toasted rice salad at Kruang Tedd, the blazing beef salad at Yai, the salty-crab papaya salad at Ruen Pair, the red curry at Pattaya thai, ect. Renu Nakorn generally serves pretty excellent Thai food, authentic and savory, don't get me wrong. But for those west and east-siders who haven't yet made the trip out to Norwalk, save yourself the drive and head to Thai Town for an equally satisfying meal. Caveat...any Thai restaurant including all the Palms, Kruang, Ruen Pair and the like all suffer from inconsistency in quality from day to day. Solution...for the best thai food outside of thailand and possibly better, buy the book, "Cracking the Coconut" by Su-Mei Yu, drag out the mortar and pestle, and spend a few days (yes, it can take that long) preparing some dishes yourself -- you won't be sorry.

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