We went to Sriprabhai in Queens Wow!
Great bare bones place. Packed with people waiting at 9:00 Pm, but then it was empty and they kicked us out at 10:05. We didn't care. We must have ordered more food than anyone else. Completely dug the menu with the pictures of the dishes. this is not like any Thai food I've ever had in SF. More homey feeling. Definitely no pretentions to fanciness that you sometimes see in the most humble holes in walls.
Spicy ground pork salad. One of three standouts. Onions, chilis, noodles, basil leaves, mint. Quite spicy (for real) tart and super yummy.
B-Bque beef salad. red onion, crispy sweetish beef, basil leaves, lime, mint. Being fat shy, I like a leaner version, but the flavor was great.
Noodles with basil, chili and seafood. Another standout. Wide soft delicious noodles soaking up the delicious sauce. Shrimp, squid, mildly spicy,
Green duck Curry. This was our favorite. Very spicy with pineapple and slices of roast duck. Perfectly balanced flavors. Couldn't get enough of it with the sticky rice (which you almost never see in Thai places on the West Coast)
Fried Whole Fish. This was the only disappointment. The fish was fried too long and was dry, and the sweet sauce was cloying and oily.
Fish Cakes: Ok version. Similar to all others I've tried.
Interesting but weird. We had to try them as we've never seen a Thai bakery.
Shortbread like cookies with a smoky caramely topping and a cashew on top. These I liked and enjoyed in the Hotel for days afterwards.
A rice dessert with salty dried shrimp and sugar. While a appreciate the salty sweet thing in general, this one was a little to weird for my palate to like.
green rubbery jello-y squares. I actually liked the texture. comforting. I kept wanting it to taste like lime and be refreshing, but they were merely sweet.
The Arepa Lady The Arepa Lady The Arepa Lady:
After reading the special report, we couldn't leave Queens without finding her. We found her (at least I'm pretty sure it was her). She was in the right place at the right time and had the beatific smile. I almost wish we hadn't found her cuz now, what are we supposed to do with those cravings? Everything you said and more Jim. Buttery cheesy feathery salty sweet delicious addictive pillows of corn stuff. We had the yellow and the white versions.
Thanks Again Jim!!