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Chai Thai Noodles (Oakland) Thai House Express chef alert

DezzerSF | Jul 2, 200802:10 PM     53

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.

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Chai Thai Noodles
545 B International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

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