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Gin U Dee - Thai in Stoneham

davis_sq_pro | Jun 24, 201506:50 PM

This place seems to have opened sometime in the past few weeks. Tiny place on Main Street (intersection of Franklin) in Stoneham, geared mostly for takeout and delivery.

I've now had takeout twice and both times I've been quite happy with what I've received, which is in my opinion far superior to the other Thai places in the area -- including my usual standby, Taste of Siam.

Both times I've had the Som Tum, which on one visit was very spicy and on the other was extremely spicy -- just as it should be. Unfortunately although the papaya was properly pounded on one visit, on the other it seemed untouched and overly crunchy. None the less the salad was nicely dressed both times so I was happy. Missing both times was the dried shrimp promised on the menu, which would have been a nice touch.

For entrees, so far I've tried the Kao Nar Ped and the Kao Soi.

The former is composed of chopped up roast duck in a sweet sauce, served over rice with some Chinese broccoli and a hard boiled egg. Simple but very tasty.

The latter is two kinds of egg noodles (soft and fried) served with a mildly spicy thick curry "soup" (sauce vs. soup is an interesting question here) and some chicken (boiled, I think). A very satisfying dish, though a bit overly filling if you drink the soup/sauce as I did. (They call it a soup, and I figure any excuse to over-imbibe on curry sauce is a good enough one for me!)

Several other interesting looking things on the menu, so I'd say the place has quite a bit of promise if the area is willing to support it. In other words, it'll last 6 months, tops, before they either close up shop or convert it into a yogurt place.

Anyone else give it a shot yet?

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