Just so you know, I am a huge fan of Brown Sugar Cafe on Comm Ave (over Khao Sarn), and was not particularly impressed with my first visit to Dok Bua a few months ago. However, I decided to give the restaurant a try again last Friday night, this time armed with suggestions from the chowhound fundraiser last Sept & yumyum's recent chowhound request.
Overall, my three friends and I were suprised at how the food at Dok Bua was anything unlike our expectations of Thai food. Perhaps it was the dishes we ordered, but the food was more like Chinese food, but lighter and with more cilantro. Here's what we ate:
Peek-Gai-Tod (Deep fried chicken wings prepared Thai style): Wings were hot out of the fryer. Ultra-thin batter, crispy skin, juicy meat. Went well with the accompanying sweet sauce.
Larb-Ped (Chopped roast duck with chili and lime juice): a favorite among the group. The duck meat itself was tender - so how can you go wrong? Predominant flavors were cilantro and mint, with a hint of lime - not much chili.
Poo-Nim (Crispy soft shell crab with house special sauce): Other favorite of the group. Made me think of popcorn shrimp, but with very tender interior. Nice contrast with the batter. Yummy (currylike) sauce.
Pla-Rad-Prik (Deep fried red snapper with chili and basil): Fine, I think we should've gone instead with the steamed red snapper, which looked really good on another table.
Pad-ka-Na-Moo-Krob (Fried crispy pork with Chinese broccoli): Fat was good, but the meat was a little tough. Bright, green, tasty broccoli.
Spare-ribs stir fried with garlic sauce: The only disappointment. The sauce was tasty, but the meat was not the excected melt-in-your-mouth.
Desserts (Tea cups came in handy for splitting some of them):
Sweet rice, coconut milk and mango: A favorite - lived up to the hype. Mango ripe, but not ultra ripe - went well with the nicely sweetened rice. Yummy.
Thai Chandol in coconut cream: My other favorite. We were told that chandol is a fruit, but we couldn't figure out what part. Not that we cared because it had a funky, almost doughy texture. Plus the coconut cream tasted like condensed coconut milk. Yum!
Honey banana(?): banana wrapped in egg-roll-like wrapper, and fried; served with (mild tasting) green tea ice cream. Fine, but didn't blow my mind.
Sago (like tapioca) and black beans in coconut cream: Coconut cream not as sweet. I can imagine having this for breakfast.
No drinks ordered. Total price (minus tip): $77 plus some change. We were suprised to be able to roll out of the restaurant.
Thank you, chowhound, for the feast!