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My Tarin Thai experience - Herndon


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My Tarin Thai experience - Herndon

Dennis S | Sep 21, 2005 09:11 PM

Thanks to Polly G for finding this one. It's in a hard to find spot, unless you already know of Pollo Real, which is my default for Peruvian rot. chicken. It is near the corner of Elden and Herndon Parkway - the corner that has the Giant. It is behind the KFC and Chipotle.

Nice interior overall, and service was very good - prompt, but also able to answer some questions about sauces used, etc.

We started with Larb Gai, which was a very quality version. There are some other apps I'm eager to return for and try. By the descriptions, I'm thinking that they are loose variations of Larb using seafood, but also with changes in some ingredients.

I had the Pad Ped Pah, which is described as a northern dish. As a side note, there is a dish at a thai place in Columbia, Missouri that is to die for, and the owner says that it is a northern dish, and that most thai dishes in restaurants are southern thai dishes. This one wasn't the dish served there, but it was good. I got it with shrimp, which were perfectly cooked, and of good size and generous quantity. Veggies in the dish were peppers and I believe something kin to tomatillos - I meant to ask but forgot. If anything it was a little too spicy, and don't get me wrong, it's hard to do that - but the wonderful taste of the sauce would get beat out by spice within two to three bites.

My mom, who is in town, got the Pad Kao Poad Onn, which boasts many veggies and a sauce kin to brown sauce. Nice and delicate, well balanced without really any spice.

If you're in the area, I recommend it for a trial and it is now on my short list for a local place.

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