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Return to Ruen Pair, Albany

Melanie Wong | Nov 27, 200401:32 PM

Thanks to patrick's "all clear" post, I knew where I wanted to have lunch when in the neighborhood a couple weeks ago. My lunch mate likes to order the pad si eew whenever he tries a new Thai place. The good quality fresh rice noodles cut in wide ribbons were dry-sauteed with broccoli florets, beef and sweet soy sauce. He seemed not so taken with it at first, but then pronounced it "just fine". The seasoning was a little too sweet in the balance for me, and I was surprised that it did not use Chinese broccoli at this time of year when quality is so high, yet I liked it too.

I ordered the crispy rice salad, one of my favorites here. The mound of lettuce and sandy-textured ground pork tossed with a gingery and chili-laden dressing was topped with roasted peanuts and separate individual grains of crackly crisp rice. In the past dishes ordered "medium" have been on the edge of being too spicy for me - this time I could have used more heat.

If you go there soon, take note of the big bunches of bananas ripening on the banana palm next to the entrance.

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