Every time we go to Thai House Express, we try to order different dishes and we are yet to have a dish that we did not like. Here is what 5 of us (including a sister-in-law who is a vegetarian and her friend who is a Thai food first timer) ordered on Sat. night:
#5 Tofu Tod (Deep fried tofu with sweet & sour sauce and peanuts: $5.95)
#34 Tom Kha Pak (Hot and sour vegetable soup with coconut milk & lemon grass: $6.95)
#40 Kao Ka Moo (Special pork leg stew: $8.25)
#63 Pad Thai (Substituting shrimp with tofu: $6.95)
#84 Nuer Pad Prig Pao (Sauteed beef with onions, chili paste and basil leaves: $8.25)
#72 Kao Pad Num (Fried rice with spicy cured pork sausage: $6.25)
#98 Tofu Pad King (Crispy tofu sautéed with chili pepper, ginger, onions, mushroom $7.96)
My favorites were fried rice and pork leg stew. In general, fried rice is not something I order at the restaurant, but when I inquired about the difference in 2 fried rice dishes (one with Chinese sausage vs. spicy cured pork sausage as described in the menu) out of curiosity, the waiter told me that the spicy sausage was Thai version which is sour and spicy and recommended that we try. I am glad we did because I thought that every bite of salty rice was complimented with pieces of sour sausages. As it was mentioned by other posters, the pork leg stew is not really a stew, but tender braised pork leg. The dish was so delicious that it disappeared from everyones plate very quickly. I thought that the meat itself was already very flavorful that I only used a tiny bit of the sauce that came with the dish (garlic, fish sauce, lime, etc.)
Although I think that Tom Kha Gai (coconut milk soup with chicken) is better than Tom Kha Pak soup we ordered, its still a nice version for vegetarians who would not want chicken or fish sauce in their soup. I was quite full, so I did not taste Pad Thai, but it is going to be my lunch today. We ordered Pad Thai just to be "safe" for the person who never had a Thai food before. He actually liked everything we ordered. I did not try Tofu Tod, but my vegetarian companion seemed to enjoy it.
The total bill for the meal with 5 Singha, 1 Thai ice tea, 1 mint lemonade, tax and tip was about $100. I brought a menu with me this time and am already making a list of dishes to try next.
Thai House Express
901 Larkin Street (at Geary)
11:30 a.m. 1:00 a.m. (until 2:00 a.m. on Fri & Sat)