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Lemongrass…It’s OK

30 Apr

Lemongrass

20 Kainehe St

Kailua, HI 96734

Hours: Closed Monday / Tues-Sun Lunch: 11am-2:30pm & Dinner: 5pm-8:30pm

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His & Her Size Pho

Lemongrass was one of the first restaurants my fiancé took me to when I arrived here. I have tried their grilled pork, pad Thai, rare steak pho, house special wings, and spring rolls.

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Rare Steak Pho

Their grilled pork and noodles was the first dish I had here. The pork was tender and flavorful and the portion size was good.

My fiancé’s go to dish is their pad Thai, but I’m not sure if that’s for the flavor or the varying  degrees of heat they offer. I personally find the pad Thai unmemorable, but my fiancé likes making it unbearably hot.

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Pad Thai

Our go to order at Lemongrass is pho and spring rolls, like with most places. The pho is ok, most times, inconsistent flavor has varied almost every time we go, but the best thing about Lemongrass pho is their sizes. Unlike most pho places where their small, medium and large are all about the same size, at Lemongrass their small is little, and their large is huge. I always struggle to finish my pho, so their small is perfect, while my fiancé, at most places is left hungry, he loves their large.

Their spring rolls are ok, a slightly stronger taste than I prefer.

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Spring Rolls

Their house special wings are supposed to be their hot chicken wings. They were different and juicy, but not necessarily flavorful or hot.

An always redeeming quality for Lemongrass is their exceptional service. Their wit staff is always helpful, kind, and welcoming. Service is pretty quick and normally very attentive.

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West Covina Thai Cuisine

17 Sep

West Covina Thai Cuisine

106 N Grand Ave
West Covina, CA 91791

Hours:
Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm / Fri & Sat 11am-9:30pm / Closed Sunday

**Minimum Purchase for Credit Card**

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West Covina Thai is a cute little Thai placed tucked behind the 10 Freeway in the same shopping Center as the Denny’s that all Mt. SAC student’s know well. I only ordered my usual pork pad Thai, which was good, not great not bad, just good, so I can’t really say too much. The place however was adorable and even though my order was to go, the service was amazing. The food was done quick and while I waited the women working the register was super friendly and just chatty enough.

Koi Thai

21 Jul

Koi Thai

Location:
1429 N Hacienda Blvd
La Puente, CA 91744

Hours:
Mon – Fri 11am – 9pm / Sat & Sun Noon – 9pm

**Delivery Available**

Soup - Koi Thai (Photo by G Hurtado)

Shrimp Tom Kha

Walking in, this place was not what I was expecting. I had never seen a Thai place set up like a Chinese food fast food joint, big menu up on the wall and steal countertops, the usual, but Koi Thai delivered amazing food and over top amazing service. Nothing like a fast food joint.

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Empanadas

My boyfriend and I ordered pork pad Thai, shrimp Tom Kha soup, and an empanada trio. To drink we had Thai tea and Thai ice coffee. Everything was amazing!

Koi Thai (Photo by G Hurtado)

Thai Ice Coffee & Thai Tea

As we ordered my boyfriend and I began to argue over which empanada we wanted so the woman working offered to give us one of each. Everyone was hot, crispy, and oh so flavorful. Neither my boyfriend or I had ever tried Tom Kha so I have nothing to compare this soup to, but we loved it. So much shrimp and packed with so much flavor. Didn’t hurt that the dish was beyond beautiful. Now for the pork pad Thai. If you follow me you know I have been on the hunt for the perfect pad Thai since my favorite closed down. Well Koi Thai is a front runner. Good portions, good price and really good flavor.

Pork Pad Thai - Koi Thai (Photo by G Hurtado)

Pork Pad Thai

The food was great, the prices were awesome, the table settings were so cute, and the service set everything over the top. The woman working was so attentive without being overbearing and made us feel so comfortable. One of the best services I have ever had.

Thai Food and Records on the Ceiling

3 Dec

Location:

11891 Euclid St
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Hours:

7 Days a Week 11am – 11pm

*FREE ITEMS!!!*

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How can I not rave about a restaurant that serves free drinks, free salads, and from what I’ve read, I’m pretty sure if I was able to stick around, free dessert!?! Top that off with quick, polite service and pretty awesome food, and I have found a new favorite Thai place. If only it wasn’t 30 minutes from home.

Since I’ve been working in Anaheim for the last few months I decided it was time I start trying the local dining options and Thai Famous Cuisine was one of my first hits, and wow was it a good one.

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Thai Ice Tea

I hadn’t had Thai for a few months and couldn’t get the craving out of my head so I decided I’d try the closest one to work. Sadly there are two Thai places right across the street from each other with about the same rating on Yelp. I randomly picked and ended up at Thai Famous Cuisine.

Walking in I was immediately greeted and informed of their free drink policy. Free drink includes their Thai ice tea, Thai coffee, and sodas. I went with the Thai ice tea and if you are a regular reader you know that is not my regular drink or choice and either my taste buds have done a sudden shift (which they are known for) or their Thai ice tea is exceptional. Either way it is a win for me.

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Papaya Salad

I ordered their pork pad Thai. Before it was delivered I was offered their complimentary papaya salad. Not my kind of dish, but it was fresh and refreshing. It was nice for a few bites and I’m sure it would be enjoyed by others, just simply not my preference.

The pork pad Thai was served quickly and very hot. I couldn’t help myself and inhaled it quickly. It had amazing flavor and enough sauce that all the noodles were nicely coated and not sticky at all.

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Pork Pad Thai

I had to get back to work and as I was leaving I was offered a Thai ice tea to take to go. So nice. From reviews I have read it seems as if I would have stayed I would have received a free dessert. I must return to see if that is true.

Besides the amazing food Famous Thai Cuisine has a very fun atmosphere. Nice decorations hinting at its Thailand foundation, as well as baseball decorations, we are down the street from Angel Stadium, and my favorite part, albums on the ceiling. As clashing as that sounds it all worked and was in no way cheesy.

More From Pho Ha

20 Jan

Pho Ha was one of the first places I ever tried pho and recently I had the opportunity to go there again with some of my boyfriend’s family and got to experience a few more dishes.

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Pad Thai

This time round I decided to try the house special pad Thai. It was really quite yummy, not like any pad Thai I have ever had before. Red pepper flakes gave it a strong kick, at least for me. Despite the heat I still loved it.

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Steak Plate

My boyfriend’s cousin’s boyfriend ordered one of their steak dishes. I didn’t try it, but it looked amazing and smelled even better.

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Egg Rolls

We ordered some egg rolls to share. Sadly I have to say this is where Pho Ha let me down. Everything else I have ever tried from their has been wonderful, but the egg rolls were dry and flavorless.

Thai Basil

18 Dec

Location:

2431 E Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831

Hours:

7 Days a Week 11am – 10pm

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Normally when I have to eat alone, I’ll opt for a fast food place or simply get it to go, but recently I found myself with a lot of time to kill between classes and in the mood to treat myself to something nice. I decided to try another place near campus, Thai Basil.

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Since I was alone I did not get to try as much as I usually do, but I got to enjoy their pork pad thai which was really good. Nice flavor, not too dry, and the noodles did not all stick together. My only two complaints were very minor, as usual I wish there had been more vegetables and there were too many green onions. I will be back though. Service was quick and polite and everything I saw come out of the kitchen looked and smelled amazing.

Chillin’ Thai Cuisine

22 Nov

Location:

11020 Lower Azusa Rd, Ste B
El Monte, CA 91731

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Pork Pad Thai Plate

I have talked about my favorite Thai place, now I’ll cover my boyfriend’s vote. One of my boyfriend’s co-workers took him here and he decided to share it with me. Although split between being a quick stop tea place and a restaurant, Chillin’ Thai Cuisine has a much more formal dining style than Krazy Noodle Thai BBQ, serving all your courses individually, (that is if you have multiple courses). I will start my description from the main dishes and work my way back.

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Pork Pad Thai

If you read my last Thai post you know I love pork pad thai, so of course one of orders was pork pad Thai. It was pretty yummy. The noodles were well cooked, and for a nice change, were not super sticky, only slightly. The sauce had nice flavor, not so much the sweet and sour taste that I am used to, but still nice. Rather than being topped with fresh veggies, the vegetables are mixed into the pad Thai before serving. Still raw from what I could tell, but tenderized by the heat a little.

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Sweet and Sour Pork

The other main dish we ordered, which I actually liked more than the pad Thai was their sweet an sour pork. I am very used to the fried versions you find at many fast food Chinese places, so when I received this fresh dish it was a wonderful surprise. The dish is comprised of lightly cooked veggies including tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and squash. Mixed in with the veggies is chunks of pineapple and pork. The dish is held together with an amazing, hot, sweet and sour sauce. It was hard not to devour the entire dish (we were sharing.)

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Lunch Salad

We had ordered their lunch special which comes with a soup and salad. I hated the salad, but it was a personal problem on my side. The lettuce was fresh and crisp, but I absolutely hated the dressing. It was a peanut sauce and it tasted like liquid peanut butter. I am not a fan of peanut butter and was not happy to have it slathered on my lettuce. That being said my boyfriend loves peanut butter and loves the salad.

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Lunch Soup

I am really not sure how to describe the soup. It is very thin with chunks of chicken in it. It has a sour taste with a hint of sweet. I have never really had anything like this so I am at a loss for descriptive words. It was an ok soup, in my opinion worked well as a palate cleanser before the main dish.

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Fried Calamari

Now onto appetizers. We ordered two, their calamari and their spring rolls. The calamari is the best I have ever had, such big, tender, chunks, with amazing flavor. Their dipping sauce was sweet and spicy, but not over bearing. I couldn’t put them down! A nice surprise, along with the deep fried squid was deep fried broccoli, oddly satisfying.

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Deep Fried Broccoli served with Calamari

The spring rolls were served piping hot with the same sauce as the calamari. They were pretty traditional, stuffed with carrots and cabbage. Sadly they were a little greasy.

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Spring Rolls

I am not a boba fan, but the day we were there that had a special so my boyfriend convinced me to give it another shot. He got the classic milk tea with boba while I went with a Jasmine tea. I still didn’t like his, but mine was nice. Very subtle flavor and the boba wasn’t too bad either. The texture still creeped me out, but I was able to drink most of it.

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Boba Tea

I do recommend trying Chillin’ Thai Cuisine, although be forewarned, they are not an in and out place. If you plan to eat there, expect to enjoy your meal. It is not that their service is slow, but if you have multiple courses you will almost be done with one before the next comes out. It is a nice place to unwind.