I was on my way to Pho King when the grand opening banner across the street caught my eye. This new Thai place just opened on Monday 6/30/08. There's about 10 four tops nicely spaced in the simply decorated room. They also have a flat screen TV on the wall.
When I received the menu, I recognized the familiar layout and font, and finally realized, it's the Thai House Express menu. Apparently, the chef from 'THE' on Geary & Larkin in SF had a falling out, so he's the head chef here now. He also brought his sous chef with him.
Anyway, I ended up ordering 2 things I've never tried at Thai House Express. Yum Pla Dook Foo (catfish salad) & Larb w/pork. The former was more of an airy batter with catfish bits mixed in, served over a bed of shredded lettuce and topped with cashews and red bell pepper. This was served with a delicious sauce, which was a mixture of fish sauce, lime, sugar, red onions, and cilantro.
The larb was pretty standard, but made with pork. I liked the fragrance of the toasted rice powder, and the salty/sour flavors went excellent with sticky rice. It was garnished with 3 sliced cucumbers and 2 slices of cabbage, served over a lettuce leaf.
The server said their hours will be from 10am - 8 or 9pm so I'd call ahead if you're having a late dinner (510) 832-2500. Thai House Express fans living in the East Bay will have to cross the Bay Bridge no longer.
BTW, they will indeed have the famed Pork leg stew noodle soup.
Chai Thai Noodles
545 B International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606