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Sri Thai in Huntington, NY

sbp | Apr 23, 200809:08 AM

Had first time take out from Sri Thai in Huntington last night. It took some coaxing, but I was finally able to convince the order taker that I wanted the food "pet pet" -- spicy. And everything did indeed arrive with a pretty intense but not unbearable level of heat. This is no small feat, since often I'll be assured my food will be spicy, and it appears someone just waved a pickled jalapeno over it.

Food was uniformly very good, and each dish was distinctively seasoned. Started with Naked Squid -- steamed squid salad with a chile/scallion/vinegar marinade. Very fresh, though I could do without the bed of iceberg lettuce it sits on (which is pretty standard for this dish). All it does is wilt on the way home. Also had Mock Duck Curry -- something I haven't seen on a Thai menu. It was a more or less "dry" curry, in a predominantly chile oil and tamarind (I think) based sauce (no coconut milk). The tofu duck absorbed the seasoning well -- again, a success. Rounded it out with a couple of standards to judge them by: Pad Thai and Panang Nua. Both very tasty.

My only quibble -- portions were pretty small for the cost ($14 or so per dish). The Panang Nua, in particular, came in a small round plastic takeout container and had about 5 thin bite size slices of beef in it. Maybe 1/2 ounce total (I'm not kidding). I'm not insisting on meat being the predominant ingredient, but here it was used more as a flavoring. Don't the owner's understand that another dollar's worth of beef would create a much more positive impression?

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