A few weeks ago James organized a food blogger dinner at SriPraPhai, surely New York City's most famous Thai restaurant (and I had only eaten there once before—I fail). Ye know what that means: SO MUCH FOOD, OH MAN.
Here's what we ate. By this point I unfortunately don't remember much besides that I ate too much, and while coddling my distended belly I thought, "I need to do that again." To help pare this down to the good stuff I added a * to my favorite dishes (aka "dishes I'd like to order again").
BBQ beef: with chili, mint, onion, and lime juice. Those four ingredients make everything taste good, as long as you are a fan of tart and spicy.
*Ground pork: with ginger, chili, peanut, lemon juice, and onion. Another tart and spicy combination. I liked it more than the BBQ beef, probably because it's pork-based.
*BBQ pork: marinated with honey and served with chili sauce. More pork-based power.
*Papaya salad: shredded papaya strands, green beans, and carrots with dried shrimp and peanut. Multiple kinds of crunchy in one salad.
Pad-See-Ew: sautéed wide rice noodles in soy sauce with chicken and broccoli. I love just about anything in the "rice noodle" category (aka "my favorite type of noodle) for that bit of chewiness and elasticity not found in wheat noodles.
Pad Thai: sautéed rice noodles with bean sprouts, egg, shrimp, and peanuts. I don't remember much about this dish; certainly not the most exciting part of the menu. You probably don't go to SriPraPhai for the Pad Thai.
Green curry: with duck, bamboo shoots, and coconut milk. ...And other stuff the menu doesn't mention.
*Sautéed Chinese broccoli: with crispy pork. That's how you make broccoli better. With pork!
Nur-Sub noodles: sautéed noodles topped with ground beef and onion. I might have the wrong description seeing as I don't even remember the noodles, but there was definitely beef and onion.
Sautéed eggplant: with ground pork, garlic, chili, and basil leaves.
Kang Som: sour curry with shrimp and cha-om omelet. Yay omelet chunks.
Kao-Soy: curry egg noodles with chicken.
*Fried red snapper: topped with green mango sauce and loads of shredded green mango and red onion. THIS IS SO GOOD. Had that tangy spicy thing going on, and whole fish is my favorite kind of fish.
*Fried soft shell crab: with side of green curry sauce with pineapple, pumpkin, and long bean. I'm not sure I even tried the curry; I went straight for the fried little crab bodies, soft on the inside, lightly crisp on the outside. Easily my favorite form of crab. They have a few dishes with soft shell crab; I shall try all of them.
So my favorite dishes are generally fried, porky, or appetizer-y. Along with...
*STICKY RICE!!! It goes well with appetizers and salads. Or everything. I love sticky rice.
Out of the three desserts we picked from their refrigerator case, my favorite was the one with *tapioca pearls, coconut milk, and corn. Not knowing there was corn in it when I took my first bite, I was surprised to taste globules bursting with sweetness, yet "corn" didn't cross my mind until I looked more closely at what I was eating. That is, a bright corn kernel here and there, nestled among the soft lime green tapioca pearls. It's a good combination.
Thanks to Talida for being the scribe of the night! Or else I would've forgotten what we ordered.