Gourmet Friday: Thai Thai Coffee


I have often boasted that Thai cuisine is superior to traditional Chinese cuisine. It’s not that I don’t like Chinese food — I love it — but there’s just something about Thai food that feels a little healthier, refreshing… less heavy.

It turns out that Thai food is often healthier according to researchers. The reason is that it emphasizes balance and variety. Thai cuisine uses less sauces and heavy oils than Chinese cuisine, or even no oil.

San Marcos is blessed with some excellent Asian restaurants in a predominantly Latin American city. Among them is the Thai Thai Café.

Because I like things spicy, I chose green curry, my protein being chicken. The meal consisted of carrots, broccoli, peppers, snow peas, onions, basil, bamboo shoots, all mixed with green curry and coconut milk.

The meal was accompanied by a bowl of rice. The idea is to combine the two by creating a mosaic of delights. Believe me it works. The combination of flavors and spices will make me a regular at this restaurant. To top it off, customers also get a crispy fried egg roll which is just as delicious. The portion was generous and the service perfect, all for only $14.39 at lunch.

A typical Thai meal includes five main flavors: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy.

That said, my dining companion opted to take the spice out choosing broccoli and beef. The dish came with fried rice and a spring roll. The beef was tender and there was a generous helping of broccoli, carrots and onions surrounded by a savory sauce. The fried rice went well with the meal and the spring roll was a great addition to the plate.

Thai Thai Café offers a variety of other lunch specialties, such as the Thai chef’s favorite dish, the special lunch rice. It’s a spicy dish with your choice of minced meat, onion, basil, over steamed rice, served with a fried egg and a special soup. $14.39

Or maybe the Thai Hot Basil Pepper Rice Lunch Special. A spicy Thai dish stir-fried with chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, celery and basil leaves. $14.39

Interestingly, common chilies used in Thai cuisine include Bird’s Eye chili (prik kee noo), Spur chili (prik chee fah), Karen chili (prik kariang), Serrano chili (prik kee noo kaset ) and sweet pepper (prik yuak).

IF YOU ARE GOING TO:

Thai Thai Cafe

Address: 1104 Thorpe Lane, San Marcos.

Telephone: 512-395-8424

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week

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