Authentic and spicy Thai cuisine is now available at the recently opened Bangkok OMG Thai Kitchen in Yakima.
Located next to Five Guys at 1901 S. First St., Bangkok OMG is owned by Nick and Iris Anderson. The couple met in Hawaii when Nick, a Yakima native, was serving in the military. He and Iris, originally from Thailand, share a love of cooking, although Nick is quick to admit “she’s a much better cook than me”.
“We lived in Hawaii for five or six years,” Iris said. “My husband decided to return to Yakima and I was looking for authentic Thai food here. Nobody did it exactly the way I like it.
Iris has cooked Thai food most of her life, both growing up in Thailand and for private parties in Hawaii, California and New York. She credits her mother, who is from southern Thailand, as her biggest inspiration.
Nick has a background and knowledge of cooking in American restaurants.
The Bangkok OMG menu offers a variety of noodle, fried rice, stir-fry and curry dishes, as well as several house specialties. Iris said the Crying Tiger Steak – a marinated rib eye with sticky rice, spicy dipping sauce, a side salad and peanut sauce dressing – is a highlight on the menu.
She also warns customers that authentic Thai cuisine is spicy and encourages those trying it for the first time to choose the lower end of the 1-5 spiciness scale.
“Chilli in Thai food is different from Mexican or Chinese food – it’s hot,” Iris added. “Our spiciness is a level or two above anywhere else in Yakima.”
Bangkok OMG Thai Kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. Call 509-225-9875.