So I've already eaten at this place several times and, although it is the most recent Thai addition to an already crowded field in Fremont, it has been around for I believe more than a year now. I've always enjoyed dining there, but it's definitely the furthest away from where I work and there's so many other Thai choices closer by. However today I decided to take a bit of a walk and head down to Chillie's Paste for lunch. I was again rewarded with a satisfying, extremely quick, and quite inexpensive meal.
Lunch always comes with a soup and today I was treated with a wonderful tom ka tofu. The soup was full of plump, juicy straw mushrooms and had a wonderful flavor, though I thought it could have used a little more lime juice to pick up it's flavor and really make it dance on your tongue.
My item of choice lately has been pad kee mow and there version had a lot of qualities that I like. My first bite introduced me to the egg noodles which were wonderfully soft and surrounded by a deep smoky chili sauce. That's one thing that I really appreciate in a pad kee mow, a deep smoky flavor. The chicken was tender and well-prepared, but what really caught my attention was the brocolli. Now, I know that might sound strange, but too many places I've been either under or overcook the brocolli or it's this light shade of green that lacks real flavor. These little tree-tops were young, fresh, bright green, perfectly cooked, and very flavorful. My one complaint would be that the scrambled egg in the dish ended up with some large, somewhat chewy pieces. The lunch items also come with spring rolls, which were not especially remarkable, but good nonetheless.
Some other comments is that they've always been extremely fast - I had my food probably less than 5 minutes after ordering it. Also, their dinner menu looks interesting and I keep telling myself I need to go back there at night to give it a try. Overall, I'd say Chillie's Paste might not be *the* best Thai in town, but it's one of the best choices in Fremont.
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