Its hard to be the first one in a restaurant. You look around at all those empty tables and you begin to wonder, What do other people know that I dont? I have eaten in empty restaurants and regretted it. Sometimes, those places have no business because they dont have any business being in business. (Can I say business again? I just did. Business.)
So when I ate at Moon Thai and there wasnt another occupied table in the place, I was a touch worried. But imagine my relief when the food was good.
We started with pad thai ($7.50) because pad thai is where everybody starts. A Thai restaurant that cant do a good pad thai doesnt last long in this world. Moon Thais version is excellent noodles with body and a sweet, slightly sour sauce that is engaging. Also, the chicken looks like it came from an actual chicken.
beef panang curry ($7.99) was a fan favorite, as well. That sweet,
creamy, pink sauce could have used a little more heat for my taste, but
when it melted into the rice, I looked forward to every bite.
right, Pad thai at Moon Thai
server was very careful when we ordered the jumbo shrimp massaman
($12.95) to tell us that the shrimp, while a pretty good size, were not
really jumbo. It was kind of nice, really, although he neednt have
worried. They were big enough for me and more important they were
perfectly cooked. No rubbery chew to these shrimp. They were tender and
tasty, especially in that curry sauce. Paired with potatoes and cashews,
it was a very satisfying bite.
were out of duck for the duck curry that day, so we settled for chicken
chili paste ($7.99). Personally, Id swap the order of those words a
bit. Maybe call it chili paste chicken. Because the chicken was
definitely not served as a paste (thank goodness), but rather in nice,
big chunks with eggs, peppers and scallions. Outside of the pad thai.
I thought it was the prettiest dish of the day and the one Id most like to try again with a little extra heat.
Thai operates, as many other Thai restaurants do, on a five-star scale
of heat. Im generally a three-star guy, which is hot enough to feel it,
but not so hot that youre sweating. At Moon Thai, Id go at least to
four stars. The three-star dishes are a little mild.
draw of Moon Thais menu is that it also features sushi, which you
might recognize as a Japanese dish. Japan is not technically,
figuratively or even philosophically, a part of Thailand. But, you know,
Asian food tends to get all mixed up here in Oklahoma: Land of
Tolerance, so I dont mind.
We got an eel roll ($5.50), which was fine. If you dont like Thai food, but
your friends all do, you can safely get the sushi here. I dont know
many people who are pro-sushi and anti-Thai food, but I dont know your
life. Maybe you prefer Pepsi to Coke. Maybe you thought Fletch Lives
was superior to the original Fletch film. (If so, youre wrong.) What
Im trying to say is: If you need sushi and Thai food together, Moon
Thai has you covered.
If Moon Thai is empty when you walk in, dont worry. The food is good. And the service is bound to be excellent.
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