I used to post as Sasha but someone else took my name first, so now I'm Sasha1.
In any case, we took our maiden trip to Krua this weekend. All in all, I'm not sure I liked it terribly much. I had high hopes, but I found the noodles (pad thai krua thai) to be (1) low on noodles, (2) too much dried shrimp (which also negatively impacted the green papaya salad imo), and (3) too sweet. The green papaya salad was ok but not nearly as good as wat thai.
What I would love your help with is an appetizer we ordered - thai sausage. I thought it would be prepared somehow, but it was just presented cold and sliced (think hilshire farms already cooked but not warmed through as best approx of serving method, although not taste), on a plate with some roasted peanuts, several whole scallions (roots off), many large slices of fresh ginger, and one or two lettuce leaves. We could not figure out how to put this together, and just ended up picking at the sausage and peanuts. I couldn't help feeling like there was a roll or pancake or wrap missing. We aren't accustomed to just grabbing a big hunk of raw ginger or scallion and chomping down. How does one eat this? There was not enough lettuce to make wraps, and I don't think it was intended as such.
In any case, I'm not sure I'll be returning, unless the rest of their noodles (generally a favorite dish) do not resemble the pad thai. Another detractor was the dirtyness of the place. I am not a stickler for As by any means, but it was just unpleasant. The table was not thoroughly wiped off, the menus had food on them and were sticky and wet, and the floor was really dirty and scuzzy, with lint, hair, and who knows what else, right under our feet, like they might mop once a week at best. Reminded me a bit of the fraternities I frequented in college.
On a bright note, their palm juice was great, sweet, subtle, kind of nutty, and cold. And we stopped at the temple on the way home for some kanom krok and mango rice. Yummy!
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