Do you like Thai food? is one of the test questions police ask when youre hooked up to a polygraph machine. Its easy because everybody likes Thai food. If somebody says no and the machine doesnt go crazy, somethings wrong.
Or God help you maybe you really dont like Thai food. In which case you should turn in your teeth and tongue so someone more deserving can use them.
Few Thai restaurants in Oklahoma City, however, inspire such fierce devotion as Thai Kitchen Cafe, 327 Dean A. McGee Ave. It is home to an excellent lunch buffet and a menu of dishes that will be your new favorite thing shortly after you taste them.
A quick word about ambiance: Its nonexistent.
OK. Moving on. If you go at lunch, the buffet is an excellent value. There are usually a couple of menu item dishes available, as well as a host of other favorites. Get a banana to-go. No kidding.
But if you have your heart set on something specific, its probably the pad thai. Why do I know its the pad thai? Because if youre 99 percent of the people who know a dish at a Thai restaurant, its probably pad thai. Good news: Thai Kitchen makes great pad thai!
Chicken is a fine protein, but dont fear the shrimp, especially not here. These are good-sized, well-cleaned shrimp. And shrimp, unlike chicken, tends to soak up the flavor of the dish around it.
Do you like basil? Of course you do, which is why youre ordering the phat khee mao ($6.99 at lunch, $8.99 at dinner). Also, its so much fun to say.
Phat khee mao is a big stir-fry of rice noodles, onions, peppers, broccoli and Thai basil with chili paste. The broccoli is crispy tender, the noodles are meltingly soft and the basil provides an experience so delightful it will turn your taste buds into taste bros.
Next up, treat those bros to phat pak ruam mitr ($6.99 lunch, $9.99 dinner) if youve got some vegetarian bros who still want to bro out Thai-style. Its a lot of vegetables stir-fried with some deep-fried tofu.
At lunch, all entrees come with either spring rolls or soup. I like soup as much as the next guy, but you want the spring rolls. Dont bother denying it. We know. We knew the second you walked in. Because these are those perfectly delicate, greasy little spring rolls that shatter in your mouth. If you get them at dinner, theyre called popia thod and you get four for $4.99.