I went to Sripraphai with 3 of my friends who have never been. This was the first time I'd been back since their renovation.
First I got the beef jerky from the rack for later. (Still delicious)
Then I was glad that the waitress seemed to remember me despite the long absence. When my two vegetarian friends started ordering though, I wanted them to be able to try some of the dishes that I like. So I asked for the Fried Watercress salad vegetarian, as well as the Tom Zap.
The fried watercress salad was a hit, although I think at the bottom of the dish the sauce was a bit too sweet. The Tom Zap was not spicy like I asked, but was very sour. It wasn't as herby as I remembered..ah well. I think maybe it's just difficult for them to cook these dishes without meat or fish. I appreciate them for the option, though. Otherwise, according to the menu, the two vegetarians got the garden salad that was not very interesting and was definitely not something you'd want to come to Sripraphai to get.
Then the vegetarian Jungle curry came, as well as the Green curry chicken for the other non-vegetarian. I ordered the chili basil ground pork over rice for myself. All ready to eat I dug in and ate my chili basil pork - delicious! Even better than I remembered! When I looked up, though, I saw some somber expressions. It looked like they had just cried. "Uh oh, they actually gave us Thai spicy", I realized. I also realized that aside from one of the vegetarians, my friends' heat tolerance wasn't quite high. It was almost painful for them to eat.
Then the vegetarian drunken noodles came. They loved the smoky flavor of the noodles. Because of the nature of the slow-build-up burn, however, they couldn't eat much of it at the time.
Ah well, what's the bottom line? It's nice of them to offer vegetarian options at Sripraphai, but next time I'm going to get mine just the way they come. And if it still taste too sweet then I'll know for sure that it's not the vegetarian aspect, but that the kitchen is uneven.
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