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Skokie Thai QimSiam (could be Jimsiam)

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Skokie Thai QimSiam (could be Jimsiam)

momgray | Oct 16, 2003 05:31 PM

I've now been twice to the newish Thai restaurant on Lincoln Avenue (the little stretch where it is both Lincoln and Niles center in downtown Skokie). The takeout menu is hard to tell if its QimSiam or JimSiam.

The first time I went for a quick pick me up take out of soup and an appetizer. I settled for Tom Yum with chicken and their Khanom Jeeb "steamed shrimp dumpling with sweet brown sauce". The Tom Yum was nicely hot, with the bonus of very fresh vegetables including a few leaves of baby spinach. Fresh and tasty, a fairly good interpretation of the soup. The "khanom Jeeb" were what I usually see listed as "shui mai" at other Thai restaurant. They were nicely cooked, looked to be possibly homemade (nice chunks of shrimp) with an outstanding sauce. The dumplings were $4ish, the soup a veritable bargain at $3.

This was enough for me to venture back. This time I sat down and got the lunch special. The lunch special is an appetizer and soup that varies from day to day ... first time I was in they told me it was baby egg rolls and chicken noodle soup; today it was crab ragoon (yuch) and tofu soup. I am not a big fan of crab ragoon (let's not get into the authentic or not debate here), so I'll just say it was hot, freshly prepared and came with a nice sauce. The soup was once again chockful of quite nice and fresh vegetables. I spooned in a wee bit of red pepper sauce as I like it that way, but it was tasty with firm chunks of tofu. I had decided on the Red curry (figured it was pretty safe), and it came out in ample portion and zesty. I would say it was good but not super fantastic.

If you are looking for something in the area, I'd recommend a stop by. It's very tiny, so you could blink and miss it. Their take out menu says they deliver, if you are interested in that.

JimSiam/QimSiam
8020A Lincoln Ave
Skokie
8476777426

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