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Delicious Thai at the Berkeley Farmers' Market

Morton the Mousse | May 10, 200601:12 AM

This was the best $20 dinner for two I've had in a long time.

Some of you probably remember the Vanni stand that used to come to the Farmers' Market but has been on hiatus. The nice couple who ran it branched off and started their own booth: Andy and Cindy's Thai Cuisine.

The stars on the menu are the chicken satay ($2/piece when you order an entree) and the vegetable spring rolls ($6 for two large ones). The satay is tender and juicy, with a beautiful char and delicious peanut sauce. The springs rolls are bursting with sprouts, carrots, and jicama and are very refreshing. The steamed red snapper ($5 a la carte) is also excellent.

The menu is similar to the old Vanni booth but more flexible: you can order everything a la carte, which is great because the sides are so-so. They've also added chicken and vegetable egg rolls to the menu but they were sold out today. You know it's a good sign when the chef says they keep trying to make enough but sell out every week.

They use organic produce from the Farmers' Market, organic tofu and rice and Fulton Valley chicken. All the prices are very reasonable considering the quality and portion size. No wonder they had a constant line the entire time we were there.

Finished the meal with half price end of market risotto pastries (incredible!) from Frog Hollow and a basket of perfectly ripe Swanson strawberries.

Delicious, balanced, satisfying, organic and well priced. I'll be back next week.

Andy and Cindy's Thai Cuisine is at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market every Tuesday from 2-7 on Derby between MLK and Milvia. They may also sell at other markets, any sightings?

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