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Mekong Thai (Santa Rosa)

Eat_Nopal | Aug 17, 2007 10:37 AM

This is the little Thai place next to Pamposh (Mission & Highway 12). I can't remember why I didn't try it earlier... but I really dig this place. After disappointing Thai at the place on Mendocino (near Chanate).... and the one by Whole Foods (on Yulupa)... this is the closest it quality to the Thai places around L.A. I also liked that its a very family run operation, and they barely speak any English, very humble & nice (is this place under new ownership... because I could swear these aren't the same people I remember).

> Green Papaya Salad... this was actually bleh... this dish rarely gets on L.A. menus so I've only had it twice and been very disappointed... it sounds so exotic with its unripe papaya, dried shrimp, cilantro etc., but both version have just been sweet & simplistic... I much prefer Larb or sliced beef & mint salads.

> Chicken Mint.... this was good... chicken wasn't as tender as I would like it to be... but I think that goes with the territory.. its all white meat chicken.. cooked in slices... but ah when you get bites of the mint leaves... delicious.

> Green Curry.... this was just excellent... the curry was outstanding, rich, coconuty with chicken, mint & thai green chile flavor throughout plus perfectly cooked zucchini, peas & carrots... and a bit more tender white meat chicken.

> Mango & Sticky Rice.... it was a bit sweet for my taste, the rice really lacked coconut flavor, and it was too light on sesame seeds... but the mango was perfect.... and I gobbled it all up.

Overall prices are in line with the area (salads around $7, entrees around $10), quality is close to family run L.A. Thai places, the cooking is generally a bit sweeter than I am used to or desire (but I think that is what the locals like) and I think this place has become my go to Thai.

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