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Eden Center's only Thai restaurant is hidden inside the interior corridors of Saigon West. It bills itself as Thai Street Food, though almost all the offerening are dishes that you can find in every Thai place. The major exceptions are the Boat Noodle Soup and the Kao Soi. As where most of the interior places in Eden Center look rundown, the design of the place is downscale urban sophisticate.
I tried only the Boat Noodle Soup ordered with beef (pork is the other choice). It was very good certainly, though folks in Maryland have a more potent, thicker, and complex version at Nava Thai to enjoy. I was offered either spicy or a spice level above spicy, and I took the latter. It was hot, but not searing, and after a while I felt like I needed more heat and maybe another level of flavor. From the condiment tray on the table, I added a fish sauce with lots of fresh hot chilis floating on top. It was the perfect addition. To drink I ordered a black Thai tea with lime - I have had this at Thip Khao as 'sour iced tea.' An awesome drink, now a new favorite. Where have you been all my life?
After Kao Sarn I popped into Kung Fu Tea next to the old grocery store in the middle of Eden Center and got an oolong milk tea. It was very sweet, rich, creamy, and had a nice floral kick which proved a good foil to the soup.
I will go back to try the Kao Soi.
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