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For Thai to die for

EATTV | Jun 1, 2007 08:45 AM

Well maybe not die for but in a town where the Thai Cuisine runs toward a neutral American palate I am excited about Coconut Cafe. The owners used to own The Bangkok on Mass Ave. That was my first Thai cuisine experience when the Hub had only a few Thai restaurants. A painting of an old man smoking a bong survives the old restaurant on the wall of the Wellesley location. (There a Coconut Cafe in Newton center too.) Sit up straight and smile because this little gem is as they say in Thailand "Aroi dee"; Yummy the most. No Singha beer alas but great Thai Iced Tea. Curries are excellent, som tam (papaya salad), tom yum noodle soup, larb kai (spicy minty chicken salad) and lots more that will draw me back. Nua Yang Nam Tok was tasty but no authentic "waterfall-beef "of Bangkok street cart legend. In Thai nua is beef, yang means broiled (over a charcoal burner), and nam tok is a waterfall. The name comes from the sound the juices dripping from the beef onto the open charcoal brazier make. Satay needed better marinade and spring rolls/popia tod were boring. the menu is extensive and there's lots I'll be back for. I've been twice this week! Be sure to order it spicy if you like the heat. The Thai people never believe that us Farang (foreigners) can handle the kick. I order it "the way the Thai people eat it". How bout a little Pad Thai country style? This is my new #1 Thai take out. Now if I just could keep a case of Singha on hand.

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