BKK Thai Kitchen is at Wolf and Kensington roads in NE Mt. Prospect, and replaced Kate's Thai Kitchen in the same spot (there've been about 6 restaurants there since I moved in the neighborhood 10 years ago).
This is the first time I've dined in there, after many takeouts. Their takeout menu is pretty ordinary for thai, with standouts being the panang curry and a darn fine Pad Si Ew.
So tonight, in the restaurant, we ordered a few different things:
Tom Yum Shrimp -- not on the menu, but at a buck extra, maybe not worth it. The shrimp were small and not all that plentiful. The soup was very tasty, reasonable heat and sourness, but I have had a better one (in Morton Grove, I can't remember the name).
Northeastern Thai Sausage -- probably Issan sausage. Served with sliced onion, ginger, lettuce and peanuts. Sort of a polish sausage on steroids, lots of garlic. Made us think about making a polish sausage and sauerkraut with ginger.... hmmm...
Beef Salad -- not the best I've had: could use a little more heat, and the beef appeared stir-fried, not grilled. Very little crushed toasted rice.
Southern Salad -- Looks like a traditional western salad, with lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, hard-boiled egg, but with crunchy fried tofu and peanut sauce. Interesting, but a little too safe.
Catfish Curry -- Non-cocoanut curry with cross-cut pieces of fried catfish and eggplant. Very tasty, lighter than many other thai curries.
Mussuman Curry w/Chicken and Sweet Potato -- I didn't taste it, but P seemed to like it a lot.
Nam Prik Ka Pi -- Never seen this dish before, very unusual: a fried mackerel fillet (very dense, salty fish), served with a shrimp paste and chili sauce, fried slices of eggplant (perfectly crispy), raw green beans, red bell pepper, cucumber and cabbage. All the sweet veggies made a nice contrast to the dense fishy flavors. The smell was rather fermented and strong, but the flavor very rich. This was a winner.
P had orderded sticky rice, which they weren't able to deliver for dinner, so after we finished, they broughtout four banana-leaf packets of sticky rice with banana and red beans. This was fantastic: a reasonable-sized dessert, just sweet enough to put out remaining fires, and chewy-sticky.