I went back to Houston for a day last week and managed another lunch at Thai Corner. I've written about this place before and I implore you Chowhounders to go.
It is located in the new strip center behind Sinh Sinh on Bellaire Blvd. This was my 5th visit and I have to say now that it has surpassed Kanamwon and Golden Room as the best Thai restaurant in Houston.
I dared to order from the lunch menu this time. Here is what I got for $4.95:
In about 30 seconds I was served a bowl of Tom Yum soup (the one w/o the coconut milk), which comes with every lunch. By bowl, I mean bowl - the same crock that costs $4-5 per serving at any other Thai place. The soup was great, with about 5 of those juicy phallic mushrooms, tender sliced chicken breast, the obligatory kaffir lime leaf, thinly sliced (but tough) lemongrass, and a boatload of red pepper. It was the spiciest tom yum soup I've ever had.
I chose the red curry chicken as my entree. IMO, this is the dish that varies widely from Thai place to Thai place. Before I had time to finish the soup I was served a large oval plate with a molded jasmine rice mound (about 1.5 cups cooked) offset on one side, and a mound of fresh cut green beans and sliced chicken breast offset on the other side. The entire plate was ladled with the perfect amount of red curry in the coconut milk base. The curry was very good, leaning more toward the panang style red curry you find in most places.
I also ordered the Thai iced coffee which is about $1.50. If you like Thai iced coffee, this is the place to get your fix. It is about the same as every other Thai place, but it is served in a huge ceramic crock that can be described more as a pitcher than a glass. Easy 24 oz. probably a little more.
For the first time in my life I was unable to finish the Thai iced coffee, the curry, the green beans and the rice.
Given the high quality of the food, the huge quanities served, and the very inexpensive prices, I have to give this place my highest rating. Please give this a try and report your findings. I think it is a real diamond in the rough.
They had a sign on the door which said they are now open on Sundays, which makes them open for lunch and dinner every day.
Thai Corner is a small place with only about 6 tables. In the same strip center (the part of it behind Sinh Sinh) are no less than 6 other regional Chinese places, each with only a few tables, and most with no English menus. Within 100 feet you can experience a wide variety of places you won't find in many other places in the US. The strip center was recently built and I belive all of the restaurants are relatively new. I'm looking forward to your reports on the other Chinese places as well.