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Rodded follow-up visit re: duck soup

Rich Gould-Saltman | Nov 19, 200306:36 PM

On Thi's rec., went there with the Chow-pup last night (we'd been to one of the other two Thai places on the same block on the same side of the street about a year ago).

Parking is a problem, particularly at near-rush-hour; three restaurants in that block, none with a parking lot; Thi's hang-out coffee place on oposite side of the side street, with no lot; NEW coffee place ("Lithium Cafe"; I didn't believe it either when the Pup pointed it out and had to go past again to read it myself) on the other side of the street; Torung a block up...

Service (we were getting take-out) was fast and accomodating.

Menu is starch-intense, even for a Thai place. Noodles, noodle soup, wonton, and rice.

We had:
glass noodle pad thai (Pup's choice; interesting texture variation, but a little on the blandish side; perhaps waitress had us pegged as gringos from our "mild" duck soup order; improved by shot of hot sauce and several squeezes of lime)

Pad see yew (pretty good; not as ily as some; could have used more gai lan though) and

the aforementioned duck soup (available with wide noodles, thin noodles, rice thread noodles, egg noodles, etc., you get the idea) which, even ordered "mild", was pretty wonderful.

$17. before tip.

Now I must go repeat Thi's A-B comparision with Ruen Pair myself, and also with duck noodles soup at Thai Wat, which in the Chinese-ness of their spicing (lots of 5-spice) invoke in me a nostalgic memory of the Far east Cafe in San Francisco in about 1966.


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