The translation is that I finally tried some dishes from Khao Sarn. I have made a few lightening raids in Coolidge Corner, and this was the latest. So many choices! I got the miang kum, yen ta fo noodle soup, and Thai custard and carted them home to the 'burbs. Even though I had read repeatedly how good the miang kum was, I had my doubts. I intended to eat ONE and then progress to the soup. Well. The miang kum were astonishingly good! I could very well have just stood there at the counter scarfing them all down and never progressing to ANYTHING else. Yum. And, except for the sauce, one could easily make these oneself. What IS the sauce? It seems to have a slight fishy undertone.... Or maybe I'm hallucinating.
The yen ta fo noodle soup was wonderful. It would make a nice meal.... Interestingly, I was thinking about making a fusion dish of oden-type ingredients and shirataki in a tom yum base, and this was almost like that fantasy. I can see that I am going to have to explore this category more thoroughly.
The Thai custard was the tiniest bit disappointing, perhaps only because by then I was not very hungry. Or maybe it is because I had Southeast Asian Restaurant's very coconuty saku yesterday, and little can match that as far as coconut goes. It was interesting, but the rice base was very hard (maybe because it had been carted home), and there weren't many fried shallots.
I might as well add my other take-outs from this area.... The first occurred semispontaneously when I had to go to Coolidge Corner one evening. I scooted up to Rod Dee to get their famous pahd Thai (veggie version). I also got the chicken coconut soup, and some Thai pearl tea. (Thank goodness, that is proliferating.) I liked the pahd Thai but thought the veggies detracted from the noodles. (King & I makes GREAT tofu pahd Thai--or it did. The last time I had it, it was not good at all. I hope it was just an off day....) The chicken coconut soup was not very good. The tea was wonderful, although the pearls were a bit soft. I'm in withdrawal, so it tasted fine to me.
The next time, I got tod mun and chicken coconut soup at Dok Bua and had them make a squid pahd Thai at Rod Dee. The tod mun were very tasty, and the chicken coconut soup was vastly superior to Rod Dee's. I was hoping the pahd Thai would be like char kway teow, with more interesting seasoning. However, the squid pieces were rather large, so the texture was not as good as CKT's. Sniff. I also, of course, got Thai pearl tea again, and the pearls were VERY soft.... I might have tried the Thai pearl tea at Dok Bua, but the sign was the same as the one at Viet's Cafe in Arlington. And that Thai tea just seemed to have copious quantities of cinnamon ground up in it--not like any Thai tea I have ever had--so I refrained.