Ngam=my favorite neighborhood Thai restaurant

Pad See Ew

Pad See Ew

Papaya Pad Thai

Papaya Pad Thai

Papaya Salad

Papaya Salad

Pumpkin Red Curry

Pumpkin Red Curry

 

 

I saw Ngam opened. I saw many people going in. But I didn’t bother to going in by myself until a friend of mine who is mostly vegan and eats gluten-free and pretty picky about food said they are always very good. I already have found a couple of decent Thai restaurants in my nook. One of them is even vegetarian only. I’m glad to say she was right.

What special about this place is that they have a few interesting twists to classic dishes like papaya salad, Pad Thai or fried rice. My papaya salad was made with strawberries and kiwis. Papaya Pad Thai used strings of raw green papaya as noodles instead of flat rice noodles. Green Curry Fried Rice was unusually good, but I didn’t take a picture of it. Classic dishes like Pumpkin Red Curry and Pad See Ew were good, too. Another interesting dish I saw but haven’t tried yet is Zucchini Pad Thai. I assume strings of raw zucchini are used as noodles. Sauces are on a heavy side for all of above I tasted. Noodle dishes are on a smaller side, so that I hurriedly ordered a Chang Mai Fries. A mistake! They were huge, but paper thin sliced kobocha pumpkin and sweet potato dipped in a batter, and deeply deeply fried. M is used to having my oven roasted potato “fries” and these were not them. We couldn’t eat them.

When we go back there, and we will, we will stick to our favorites: Green Curry Fired Rice! and Papaya Pad Thai.

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Bad Dinner and Good Desert

Vegetarian Duck

Vegetarian Duck

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

Sticky Rice Mountains

Sticky Rice Mountains

I so wanted to go to this thai restaurant, Zabb Elee in East Village and I wanted it to be my favorite in my hood because I read so many good reviews about their food. Oh, how much I was disappointed, I can’t tell you. We ordered Pad Ped Proam (Vegetarian Duck, Thai eggplant, pepper, ginger with spicy curry), Pukk Boong Fal Dang (Sauteed morning glory with fresh chili), and sticky rice. The only thing we could find not to have any meat in it in the menu. Both dishes were very sauce heavy, too salty and too sweet. Everything was soaked dead in the strong sauce, and it became just texture in the sauce. Sticky rice was fine. We three people all said we would never go back there again.

Chestnut Cream Cake at Panya

Chestnut Cream Cake at Panya

Because of this bad dinner, I had to have a confirmed good desert. We headed for a Japanese bakery, Panya. I had my favorite, chestnut cream cake of course. I know, I know, it’s not a vegan bakery, but I needed something good to eat before I go to bed tonight. Otherwise I would be too mad.

Saturday’s Menu 4/21

Pink Shake

Pink Shake

Breakfast: Coffee and Pink Shake (banana, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, tofu, OJ)

Lunch: Sauteed Broccoli Rabe, Tomato and Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar, Home made Whole Wheat Bread, Butterly Spread, Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice

Dinner at Tara Thai: Grandma’s Special (Pad See Ew, Stir-fried Broad Rice Noodles with Broccoli in sweet soy sauce), Yellow Curry (potato and onion in turmeric coconut curry), Famous Basil Fried Rice, Chicken & Broccoli in Peanut Sauce, Jasmine Rice—I liked Granma’s Special the best. Yellow Curry the second. The Famous Basil Fried Rice was not as good as I expected it to be. It also had a few very spicy spots.

Broccoli Rabe, Toast

Broccoli Rabe

Pad See Ew

Pad See Ew