Pasadena and environs seem to be sprouting new Thai restaurants galore. There is Tongdang on Huntington (near Oak Knoll), there is a new one that has opened next to Trader Joe's on Hungtington near Rosemead, and today we went to Nana in old town - on Holly, one block east of Fair Oaks, across the street from Tibet Nepal.
Small place with not too many tables. Lunch deals were $6.25/plate and there are several choices. Did not even look at the dinner menu, which seems extensive (from the size of the menu).
Lunch plates included:
1) Salad - this was quite refreshing - fresh lettuce, fried wonton strips, with a perky Thai dressing that woke you up with its combination flavors of sour and garlic
2) one fried spring roll - this was not very good, but tolerable with the sweet and hot sauce
3) brown rice or white rice
a) Green bean and red curry with chicken, quite good level of spiciness and flavor, the beens were done to the right degree with a noticeable bite (note to self: got to make this dish at home instead of the regular green curry or red curry)
b) Panang curry with duck - this was also quite good - the duck was not too fatty, and was very flavorful
c) Eggplant - my colleague said he never gets to eat eggplants at home, so this was a concession to him - this was OK, nothing to write home about (like the eggplant dishes at Yujean Kang's)
Overall, a good start. Got to go back for dinner. My Thai colleague says the same Thai restaurateur and businessman is opening many restaurants in this area and also owns Bobaworld. Don't know if all these are related.
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