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Chai Yo--cheap, delicious Thai on Polk


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Chai Yo--cheap, delicious Thai on Polk

sweetfang | Aug 31, 2005 02:00 PM

Recently I visited and fell in love with Chai Yo, a restaurant on Polk Street near Bush that has been recommended before on this board. Delicious and fairly inexpensive Thai. The first time I went I had the Yum Yai, a salad of steamed chicken, shrimp, lightly fried tofu, tiny hard-boiled eggs, and iceberg lettuce with a chili lime dressing. It was amazing, it was delicious, it was $6.50. I could eat it every day.

For the next visit I tried the Tom Kha soup, which I've loved at other restaurants. The Chai Yo version was a bit too lime-y and acidic, though. I ordered a cup for dinner and finished only half. For appetizers I've tried the chicken satay, which was good, though pretty standard, and the soft spring rolls. The wrapping on the rolls was thicker than any I've tried before, and the tamarind sauce was drizzled over top instead of included alongside the dish. The rolls were unexpectedly warm and savory, less salad-like than I imagined, but quite good. Each time we've gone my boyfriend has ordered the Cashew Chicken, so I suspect that the dish meets with his approval.

Prices are very reasonable. Ordering two entrees and an appetizer, we usually pay about $20.

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