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Tuk Tuk in LIC

SparklieGirl | Sep 21, 2005 10:53 AM

Ate at Tuk Tuk a second time last night and have to say I'm glad to see the new addition to the neighborhood. It's no Sriprahphai, but the food is solid and they seem willing to serve fairly spicy food.

The waitresses are friendly and our waitress from last time came over to give us water and recognized us from our last visit and ran off to the kitchen to make sure they made our food well :)

Our first visit we found the appetizers to be passable, but not worth ordering again -- we tried the papaya salad and spring rolls. The Tom Ka Gai was tasty though and a decent portion for $4 (we each had a bit).

The second time we got the chicken satay ($6) which was moist, but for $2 more, I'd rather get another main dish.

IMO, the main dishes were better overall than the appetizers. We told them we like our food spicy, and while it wasn't sweat-inducing-spicy, the food tasted balanced and bright.

On our first visit we had Duckaholic($14), Pad Kee-Mao($8) and Chicken Green Curry ($9). I can't remember much specifically about the dishes, but they were all tasty and I would feel confident ordering them again.

On our second visit (there were just 2 of us the 2nd time, vs. 3 the first time) we had the Chicken Green Curry again and had the Pad Gra-prow($8). The Curry was loaded with basil, bamboo shoots and moist pieces of chicken and a bit of heat. The Pad Gra-prow had lots of fresh vegetable chucks with plenty of chili and basil making the tender chicken pieces flavorful and spicy. Yum!

With the BYOB policy (at least for now), Tuk Tuk makes for an affordable, quality option in the 'hood -- dinner for 2 last night was just $31 with tax and tip.

Best,
SparklieGirl

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