I'm re-searching our Thai restaurants for authentic dishes. Some have Thai menus or can be encouraged to cook things "the way Thai people eat them". I love to travel to Thailand. Thai food for Americans is something different though imo, I'm sure you agree. Recently I ate authentic Thai cuisine at Sripraphai in New York and am encouraged to look deeper. Khao Sarn, Rod Dee, and Duk Bua have their merits but I'd been hearing about Montien's "secret menu" and S&I Thai.
At S&I warm greeting and a small space heater warms the Take Out with 4 tables. Thai Iced Tea was regular. No beer. Tom Yum Goong was a thin broth and a poor version of the national dish. Bangkok rolls were a fine popia tod with extra thick wrappers adding a nice crunch. Sauces were standard. Outstanding Chicken Satay was as you find it in Southeast Asia and had plenty of tumeric and herbal accents. Sum Tam ส้มตำ excelled with small crabs and dried shrimp, spicy hot and the breath of the sea on it. Served with sticky rice to soak up the juice this dish transported me away from the slush outside the small storefront. Roast Pork Noodle soup was aromatic with perfect Chinese roast pork but the wide rice noodle filled broth was thin. Even lots of chilies weren't bring it around. However Larb Ped was also a winner, studded with ground toasted sticky rice and galangal although mint was missing. Duck Choo Chee ordered spicy was neutral and was lacking the Thai veggies that can make it great. My kingdom for some morning glory and pea sized eggplants.
All in all an interesting foray into Boston authentic Thai possibilities. Please let me know your favorites for real deal Thai food in these parts.
S&I To Go
168A Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134