I had dinner with 3 friends at Thai House Express on Saturday night, we had a good meal. The menu is very interesting and there are dozens of things that aren't on most Thai menus.
We started with two appetizers. I really enjoyed the chive cakes, though some in the group liked these a bit less than me. Nice crispy outside (well and freshly fried) with a soft doughy inside, and filled with lots of bright green chives. Served with sweet soy dipping sauce. Less popular was the bamboo shoot salad. I convinced everyone to order this mainly because Robert Lauriston said it was so weird and I wanted to see for myself. Boy is he right! This dish was really different and a bit too weird for me. I *almost* liked it and ate my share of the plate (two of my friends stopped eating after one bite) but I wouldn't order it again. The bamboo shoots tasted fermented and the whole dish smelled sort of bad to me. It tasted better than it smelled, and overall it wasn't so great for me and also it was quite spicy and left my tongue burning. Imagine a spicy papaya salad, but instead of papaya, stinky bamboo shoots.
One of my friends (who has lived in Thailand) was excited to see Kao Soy on the menu, since this was one of her favorite dishes to order in Northern Thailand. She ordered this with tofu (it wasn't truly vegetarian since the broth was made with chicken) and I had it with chicken. I thought this dish was very good, but rich. Very fragrant yellow curry with soft noodles, crispy noodles, chicken, scallions, fried garlic, lime and a few other veggies. Generous serving; I was pretty full after eating this.
Another friend had vegetarian kee mao, which I tasted and wasn't so impressed by. It was fine but nothing too special.
Fourth friend got Kao Pad Ka -na Pla Kem (fried rice with egg salted fish and chinese broccoli). I thought this dish was kind of boring. The bites with salted fish were fine...basically what you'd expect. Not bad, but not interesting to me. I guess if you like salted fish and are really in the mood for fried rice (which I never am) this would be good. Might be a good addition to a family style meal too.
While I liked many of the dishes described above, I didn't think anything was as good as the pork leg stew that I had at Thai House Express last week. That's still my favorite and I'll probably stick with that next time I'm at T.H.E.
For dessert, we shared one plate of coconut sticky rice and mango. The rice was very good, mango was just pretty good.
I can't remember for sure, but I think that the total bill, including tax, one thai iced tea and a 20% tip was 64 dollars.
Service was friendly and fast, we enjoyed this place.
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