It sucks. Am I wrong? I've been there now thrice and each time the thing was mild even though I asked for FIVE LIONS--that is, hot hot hot hot hot. And when I ask for something to hotten it up, I get crushed red pepper (a la the pizza joint) and only crushed red pepper. And good lord, the #60 (Chicken Laab) tasted like spicy cat food. Yuck.
Incidentally, since we're on the subject of thai food, am I right that chicken at a thai restaurant is universally a mistake? Those so and so's cook the #%*& out of chicken so that it resembles a flavorless beef jerky. I suppose that gives meaning to the existence of peanut sauce, but if that's so then the existence of peanut sauce is no less contrived than the alleged existence of original sin.
I have friends who swear by Taste of Thailand, but I suspect that's because they live right down the street. So it's like defending your turf. I'm happy to say, though, that there's nothing really good to eat in uptown which wasn't also cooked by me.
Incidentally, I paid for the cat food laab even though I didn't eat it and then went to Pho Ca Dao. In my humble estimation, though it's tasty and you can get an extra large pho, the pho itself isn't in any clear way superior to the pho at Quang. It's no worse, of course, but I hardly see it at as laying an unproblematic claim to "best pho in the twin cities".
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