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Yum Thai--first visit with the "secret" menu

Ann Fisher | Feb 15, 2004 09:43 PM

We stopped at Yum Thai tonight--of course on the way home from a long day so I hadn't checked the archives for menu suggestions. But I did know to ask for "the other menu" and was given it with an apology that they only had one copy, since someone last night absconded with the other one (anyone out there fessing up?). We ended up with the pierced shrimp, which I now know have been previously reviewed. We loved them and the sweet dipping sauce they came with. We were talked out of the tiger cry on the grounds that it would be too fatty (maybe next time) and had our usual beef salad instead. No difference that we could see ordering it off the Thai as opposed to the regular menu, but we've always liked it either way. (Though it is true that when they ask you if you want it medium hot you should probably say a little hotter than that. I found it perfect, but Bill would have preferred more heat and I think most chowhounds would as well). But the real highlight, that I don't see previously mentioned, was the soup. Of course, being the unreliable reporter than I am, I can't tell you the name, but it's the third one down in the list of soups, with the notation that it's more sour than the tom yum soup. It is more sour, but in a wonderfully delicious way--one of those new flavors that just wakes you up and puts a smile on your face. Filled with shrimp, mussels, surimi, and squid, and lots of whole leaves of Thai basil and Indonesian bay leaf. (thank you, whoever referred us to Gernot Katzer's Spice Dictionary recently--very handy link). The whole meal came to $23 with a couple of diet cokes and maybe 500 calories each tops so we didn't even feel like we'd blown the diets. There's no excuse for staying home anymore.

Yum Thai
7748 Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130
Tel: (708) 366-8888

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