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Thai Kitchen, Burbank - PING Steve Doggie-Dog

Andrew Gore | Feb 19, 200602:40 AM

This board has tuned me on to so much great Thai food locally, I've eaten more takeout Thai in the last year than any other kinda food. I had to check out the Thai Kitchen buffet in Burbank based on Steve's glowing reccs. Good, all-you-can-eat Thai? Wow! So I nade it out last Saturday. Since I was nearby, I had to, of course, stop at Chili John's on the way and get a pound or two of frozen chili concentrate to go. No matter what anybody else says, it's the best chili on the planet. It's a few blocks west of Thai Kitchen; in fact, I walked there from C.J's. Thai Kitchen is a very nice place, large, clean, and nicely decorated. Turns out they have the buffet for lunches, evenings they go to a normal menu type dinner. The buffet is quite good, real authentic Thai dishes. Good cold salads and larb, pad thai, noodle and seafood dishes. Thai fried chicken i especially liked. I like 'medium' spiciness ('pet mid moy') and I thought it wa all just right. The slabs of cold watermelon were especially welcome after some unusually 'hot' dishes; I wish i had this with every Thai meal! My waitress was a thai girl who looked about 12 years old to me, but she was sweet and attentive. I wanted to ask her about the dish Steve seemed to like so much, what he called 'Ham Yar' curry. She looked puzzled, and called another, slightly older waitress over, who I suspect was her older sister. I wrote it out for her on my notepad, "HAM YAR curry?" She wrinkled her nose. Then she seemed to understand. She grabbed my wrist and dragged me over to the buffet. "We got Nam Ya curry", I think she said, pointing out one dish I had tried before and liked. It's a sort of pink soup, thin at the top with some sort of mealy substance at the bottom. It was listed as "Peanut Chicken Curry", IIRC. I liked it, but wasn't quite sure what to make of it. It didn't seem to be a soup. I finally put it on some pad thai, and it was real good like that. I was there about 1pm Saturday. When I got there, there was only one other person there. A few more came in before I left. I like this place and want it to do well; I hope some of you will give it a try. It would be a good place for weekday lunches for those working nearby. I saw that the 'buffet room' I was in was only half the space; here's a whole other room that is much 'fancier' sit-down seating for dinner; they even have live music in the evenings. i'll go back I'm sure, but I actually think i'd rather go at night for a proper off-the-menu dinner there, and try their specialties. Recommended for Thai food fans!


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