Husband and I had dinner at Sri Siam last night. It was a very nice experience and we will definitely return. Sri Siam is located on a side street off of Route 20 in Rensselaer. It is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the trip. It is a casual, welcoming place. Service was friendly and efficient throughout our meal.
We started with the Larb Kai salad ($7): finely chopped white meat chicken in a dressing of lime juice chili, roasted rice powder and tossed with lettuce and slivers of red onion and cilantro. This dish was delicious. Light and refreshing. The menu doesn’t say the dressing includes fish sauce, but the dish had a pungent fish sauce-like smell to it. I don’t mind that smell, but Husband was taken aback by it, saying “It’s hard to get past the smell but once I get it to my mouth it’s delicious.” While this Larb dish was served as a tossed salad, Larb that I’ve had elsewhere has been served either with lettuce leaves/cups to scoop up the chicken or with sticky rice that you mold with your fingers into a scoop. I don’t know whether the “tossed salad” presentation is meant to appeal to American patrons or if I’ve just never experienced it before.
The stir fry, rice, and noodle entrees all come with your choice of meat, seafood, tofu or vegetables and then also offer the option of adding extra for a nominal charge. For his entrée, what Husband came in wanting was a bunch of vegetables with some noodles and a little meat. After conferring with the waiter we decided the best way to accomplish that was for him to order the Drunken Noodles with Chicken ($12) and add extra vegetables ($1.50). The dish turned out to be exactly what Husband wanted and was a huge portion. Although I’m sure most restaurants would be willing to add extra meat/vegetables for an upcharge if asked, having the option clearly laid out on the menu was very nice. And as for the most important thing, the taste, it was delicious. Very flavorful with perfectly cooked vegetables.
For my entrée I ordered the Red Curry with Chicken ($12). I enjoyed this very much. The vegetables (red peppers and thin string beans) were cooked perfectly and the sauce was flavorful. Just what I expected from a Red Curry.
The menu states that they will make your dish as mild or spicy as you would like. That kind of discussion is always a bit difficult because one person’s “medium” or “hot” is often very different from another person’s. And sometimes we will ask for our food spicy and it comes out mild anyway or just lightly spicy, as though the kitchen doesn’t believe us when we say we like it hot. On this trip, we told the waiter that “we like our food spicy”. And it was…..Spicy! Woo hoo!