Thai fare attempts to balance the five fundamental flavors: bitter, sour, sweet, salty, and victory. Score a win for your mouth with today's Groupon to Ploi Thai in East Rutherford.
$20 for a Thai dinner for two (up to a $47 value), which includes the following from the regular and vegetarian menus:
- One appetizer (up to a $7 value) such as golden-fried curry puffs
- Two soups or salads (up to a $4 value each) such as lemongrass chicken soup
- Two entrees (up to a $16 value each) such as sweet ginger salmon
$38 for a Thai dinner for four (up to a $94 value)
- Two appetizers (up to a $7 value each) such as spring rolls
- Four soups or salads (up to a $4 value each) such as thai salad
- Four entrees (up to a $16 value each) such as red curry with tofu
Chefs at Ploi Thai, which has been serving authentic cuisine to New York and New Jersey–area locals for 20 years, harness the power of locally sourced ingredients and spices to assemble platters inherited from northern and central Thai culinary traditions. The chefs prepare each individual meal to specified spice preferences and never use MSG or dynamite in their dishes. They also satisfy myriad patrons with their regular and vegetarian menu as well as a special menu that rotates weekly. For those who aspire to craft authentic Thai eats like they do, the chefs teach monthly cooking classes at the eatery, which features hanging pendant lamps that cast a warm glow on deep-blue walls and luxe leather booths.
During the 2012 Thai Restaurant Week, 11 metropolitan Thai eateries were recognized by Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's Prime Minister, with a certification from the Thai Trade Center acknowledging their superior quality of ingredients, preparation, and authentic flavors. One look at Ploi Thai's menu and it is not hard to imagine why they received such an honorable distinction. Their dishes––such as skewered chicken satay or curry-pasted salmon––tug many culinary threads, blanketing diners in a patchwork of flavors that draw from northern and central Thailand. Chefs conjure these dishes from local ingredients and seasonings, eschewing such questionable additives as MSG and textbooks that attribute the theory of relativity to Franklin Delano Einstein. Since the restaurant is BYOB, diners can tote along their own fermented beverages to pair with the sweet ginger salmon, which arrives in a pool of ginger and black-bean sauce dotted with shiitake-mushroom rafts. Inside the dining room, colorful, low-slung lights illuminate the handful of tables that are strewn across the restaurant's pale hardwood floors, and geometric cutouts and sprays of orchids punctuate cobalt walls.