after a great outing to pilsen we went to yum thai last night for dinner and I wanted to add to our knowledge base of the thai menu there.
Yam bplaadyk foo ("exploded" catfish salad)
this fish had been exploded almost out of existence, all that was left was a crunchy honeycomb like matter of fish taste (made me wish we had our digital camera enthusiasts around so you could what had happened) dressed with lime and peanuts- not bad.
Gong krabawk (shrimp cooked in hollowed-out bamboo)
Either we have this mistranslated or its misexecuted, no bamboo is present, instead this is the shrimp in blankets dish we had at yum thai. But i liked this version better, the shrimp are wrapped in minced prok and herbs before being put in the spring roll wrapper and fried
Muu bping (BBQ pork)
simple, savory and slightly sweet very good, I highly recommend this as an alternative to satay (though its dipping sauce is the standard red sweet one)
Phad phrik king muu(pork w/ginger & chili -often chili paste -usually w/long beans)
this was very good, and the dish to ordr if you want something spicy at yum thai. pretty simple mostly red curry paste and long beans and pork (dry, no cocounut milk or broth but very good)
Gaeng lyang gong sot (Mon-style yellow curry)
this was good but not nearly as good as at the chowhound dinner-I think the reason is that last night the proprietress mom wasn't there and you could tell (the dried shrimp were not as pounded and incorporated in the broth rather little chunks)
Gaeng som gong sot (orange curry w/fresh shrimp)
This soupy sour curry was also hat thai aree but was much different even though the main ingredients and tastes (shrimp, cauliflower, sour) were in common. Yum thais version also included cabbage and was much less orange - also the predominant note was of an intense fishiness, rather than the underlying sweetness at thai aree. I do not know which is more indicative of what you might receive in bangkok but this one was too "earthy" for me.
we also had the chinese broccoli (good) and the custard (I always like theirs)