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Wondee's in Hackensack NJ


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Wondee's in Hackensack NJ

Jason Perlow | Jul 11, 2001 09:23 PM

Just got back from an amazing thai dinner at Wondee's on Main St in Hackensack -- I'm now of the opinion this place is one of the best thai restaurants in NJ, and even may be on the level of Sriprathai in queens.

I've been a long time patron of Bangkok Garden just down the street, a very nice and classy thai place that caters primarily to american and indian clientele, and was convinced this place was the best thai restaurant in northern nj and dismissed going to Wondee's for over a year. Boy was that a stupid mistake. We were dressed kinda schlumpy today and we didnt feel like changing, so i figured what the hell, try wondees.

I was astonished to find Wondees had a primarily Thai clientele and a very extensive menu with a lot of vegetarian options. And if you ask for something Thai spicy here, they really take you seriously. Many of the herbs and chilis used in the dishes are grown from Wondee's garden in the back parking lot (which consists of several dozen large pots and planters --- after our meal the owner and chef, Wondee, the restaurants namesake, was even nice enough to give us a tour and an education of the different chili plants, and she gave us some chili seedlings and a asian eggplant plant to grow in our home garden when I mentioned I was into growing chilis!).

I ordered the benchmark dishes for a thai restaurant --Gang Keow Warn (green curry with chicken) and Pad Thai, both of which were authentically prepared and with obvious care and love by Wondee, with lots of herbs and chilis. Rachel ordered "Ocean of Garlic" which was a mixed seafood dish with shrimps, squid, mussels and scallops in a salty and very garlicy sauce, also very good. Appetizers were thai spring rolls (very good), pork sate (heavily seasoned and not dried out, excellent) and Tom Kha Gai coconut chicken soup, which had a lot of chili oil in it, lots of basil and lemongrass -- one of the best I've had. We stuck up a converstation with a thai gentleman who lives in englewood who comes here at least once a week, he had a whole red snapper in a red curry with tamarind sauce, it looked and smelled awesome.

Like sriprathai in queens, Wondee has a large cart with all kinds of thai desserts and snackies including various dried fruits (we brought home some dried green guava with chili, dried mango and dried star gooseberrys) , other salty crunchy looking things as well as the lime green jello-ey thingies cut into diamond shapes. they had a mango and rice dessert on the menu but we didnt elect to try it, we were very full.

One thing of note is that they offer the dishes in small and large sizes, so you can try a lot more different things. We of course overordered and got the large sizes, which are very generous portions, and I ended up taking 3/4 of my curry and half the pad thai home.

I'm definitely gonna be coming back.

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