My friend and I decided to take a trip up the 605 to have dinner at the Golden Triangle tonight and I can confidently say that I'm definitely going back for a return visit.
First, I couldn't believe how extensive their menu was. There was so many things to choose from that we had a hard time picking what to eat. Of course, the one thing that immediately came to mind was the Ginger Salad, which I kept reading about on this board. All I can say is Wow! The combination of flavors and textures was just amazing. Even if everything else was horrible, which it wasn't, I'd go back just for the Ginger Salad.
We also ordered the Burmese Dai Kon Vegetable Sour Soup, which is actually very similar to a Filipino type of soup, so it was very familiar to me. Generally, I liked the soup, except for the fact that I felt like the vegetables were cooked for too long. I like my veggies with more of a crispness to it.
Other entrees we tried were the Ohn Nooh Kaukeswa Noodles (egg noodles, chicken curry, onion and soupy coconut milk sauce), the Burmese Ngapi Kyaw (dried shrimp, fried garlic with crushed dried chili) and Praram (spinach sauteed with fried tofu, red onions in peanut curry sauce). By the way, I have a menu in front of me or else there's no way, I would have remembered all the names of the dishes we had.
I didn't care too much for the noodles in the coconut milk sauce, although my friend enjoyed it immensely. The dish was like a soup, yet, the sauce was too thick of a consistency to really be soup. It just seemed like an odd combination to me.
I did enjoy mixing the dried shrimp with my brown rice and eating it along side the sauteed spinach. The "spice" of the shrimp and the "sweetness" of spinach's peanut curry sauce harmonized together really well, like yin and yang.
We finally ended the dinner sharing Pandan and Durian ice cream. Pandan, explained by the waitress, is some kind of herb or leaf??? The ice cream had the flavor of a particular kid's cereal though and of course, the name escapes me. The taste a bit sugary sweet, especially in comparison with the pungently flavored Durian ice cream. Having always loved Durian candy bars growing up, the Durian ice cream was definitely a treat for me, although I know that for many, it's an acquired taste.
By the way, when I saw that the front of the menu depicted the a picture of a golden triangle, with each side representing Burma, Thailand and Laos, I did ask the waitress if there were any Laos entrees represented in the menu, she replied with a "No" since currently, they do not have a Laos chef.
So one question I did have to those of you in the know is "Was Laos cuisine ever served at the Golden Triangle?" Considering the name of the restaurant, it would seem like that would be so, but I don't want to assume.
Overall, I really enjoyed dining at the Golden Triangle and look forward to introducing this restaurant to my friends and family.