Listen, if youre in the mood for a dan dan noodle bowl, Im not going to cry foul. But its inexplicable when you consider that good, authentic Thai food is available pretty much everywhere in Oklahoma City.
One of the oldest names in OKCs Thai food community is Sala Thai. And although the business has changed hands over the years, its still making great food.
I went with a large-ish group of people, not because I like the company, but because I needed a table large enough to accommodate everything I ordered. And while it may have looked fine to the other diners, our waitress knew and (rightfully) judged me.
But, hey, am I supposed to actually choose just one entrée? Thats unheard of in my Overeaters Anonymous meetings.
Lets start with my favorite dish: ginger Thai-style chicken ($8.70). Ask for it hot. If its not hot enough, ask for it to be hotter. Then soak in the sweet, slightly sour burn of delight. While the big pieces of chicken are great, I mostly was taken by the abundance of sweet, crunchy onions.
If you get a to-go box with leftovers and Im not saying this happened to me at 3:45 p.m. or anything dont expect them to make it all the way home. Like a lot of spicy dishes, the flavors pleasantly intensify over time.
For those who like fish, there are a few excellent options. For those who dont like fish: Grow up and eat some fish. Its good for you.
My favorites are spicy trout ($8.70) with bamboo shoots in red curry, which soaks into the
rice and delivers a big punch of flavor, and the similar, but crispier,
chile fish ($11.70). Chile fish forgoes the curry sauce for pure,
unadulterated awesome heat. Lots of sweet, hot chiles on top of thin,
fried rainbow trout. Im about 95 percent sure this is what John
Mellencamp sang about in Hurts So Good.
those who like pho which should be all of you theres a Thai cousin
you ought to try: Boat noodles ($8.70). Combining tender cuts of beef
with rice noodles and bean sprouts, its a cinnamon-packed soup that is
at once familiar and very different.
one simply cannot talk about a Thai restaurant without mentioning pad
thai. One has enjoyed this dish many times at Sala Thai. One doesnt
feel that it stands out from the pack as a particularly different pad
thai, but one isnt particularly looking for a dish to be strange, so
long as its good. That one is me.
Sala Thai has been around for a while for a reason. There are dishes I
like more (chile fish, for instance), but I havent had anything there I
wouldnt gladly eat again, so long as youre paying. Are you paying?
Dont leave me hanging here.
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