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New Thai in San Mateo

Mike Duigou | Dec 1, 200312:01 AM

We tried a new Thai restaurant on 3rd Street in San Mateo Sunday night, Thai Ploy. It's across from the Franklin Hotel almost to El Camino.

We started with chicken satays and crispy prawns. The chicken was beautifully marinated and grilled. Very tender and delicate spicing. The peanut sauce was warm and oily, a great match for the chicken. The crispy prawns were very very (bears repeating) fresh and the fried wrappers were not oily or heavy at all. The dipping sauce was sweet and tangy. We really enjoyed both appetizers, things were looking good!

We next had the Tom Ku Gai (spelling?) soup, it was deliciously hot and loaded with tastes of lemon grass, kafir lime leaves, galangal and chunks of pork. Really got the nose going on a rainy night and I had to order another Singha!!!

The main course was Panang pork curry, mixed seafood and Pad Thai. The Panang came with fresh beans, broccoli, carrots and zucchini, all still slightly crispy. The curry itself was not hot and had a subtle taste of ground peanuts. The pork was the same as that in the soup, perfectly sized pieces with no trace of fat or tough bits.

The mixed seafood was squids, scallops and prawns with vegetables and thai basil. Again the freshness of the seafood was very noticeable. Nothing frozen here. Perfectly balanced flavours and fish sauce and soy sauce that seemed to really accentuate the basil's flavourfulness.

The Pad Thai was also very good with an excellent quantity of shrimp, tofu and chicken amongst the noodles. We tried it with a squeeze of lemon over the noodles, which was new to me, and I think it really added something. The peanut sauce on the noodles was similar to the one with the satays and again stuck out this time due to it toasted peanutty goodness. :-) A really well done pad thai.

Desert for me was sticky rice with ice cream. I really like sticky rice and this was a good one. I think its all in the texture and mouth feel for me. It wasn't really sweet and it went very well with the mango ice cream. My dining companions really enjoyed the deep fried bananas with ice cream.

Dinner for four was $79 including a couple beer and a few thai iced teas and sodas, but most people probably don't order quite so much as we did. Definitely we will be going back to try more of the menu.

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