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Zabb- Esan Thai in Queens

The Rogue | Apr 9, 2005 03:57 AM

So tonight we stopped by Zabb Esan Thai in Queens. We had:

Tom Yum Soup with crispy fish- $7.50 (all soups are for two)

Som Tum Seafood (Green papaya salad with raw salted crab, lightly steamed shrimp and raw squid) $8.50

Yum Sram Krob- Fried Fish maw (fish air bladder), crispy fish, and crispy pork with green papaya, chilis, and other veggies herbs and spices $8.00

Red Curry with chicken- chicken, small purple eggplant, and other stuff in a red curry with coconut milk $7.00

Jungle Curry with pork- pork and Thai eggplant in a sour/hot tangy tamarind broth $7.00

Kee Mao Noodles with pork- Sauteed Drunken noodles with meat, chilis, basil, and pork (wide noodles and thin noodles) $6.50

Jasmine Rice $1.00

Sticky Rice $1.50

Thai iced tea- $1.50

Longan Juice- $1.50

They have a very long list (28) of Yam / Yum the pronunciation is halfway between the two spellings (spicy salads), something usual in Thailand but not seen very much in the US. Maybe because they think we can't handle the heat.

Everything was perfectly in tune and authentic with what I ate in Thailand and what I learned taking courses in two different Culinary Institutes in there last fall. One Northern Thailand and one Southern Thailand. The chili level was a tiny bit low but not enough to be inauthentic. Some people would have found it plenty hot. I did get a bit warm. Very, very tasty eats. I couldn't stop nibbling until my belly was stretched so tight I thought I was going to get stretch marks or even possibly explode. It's been a long time since I had a meal so good that I ate way past the full point.

Make sure you ask for the hot and fish sauces if they don't bring it for some reason. They have a large selection of all the typical and authentic ones that you don't always see here in the US.

Here are links to several reviews:

Village Voice


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