Krua Khun Yah's vast lunch and dinner menus encapsulate the many and varied flavors of Thailand's culinary history with dishes such as massaman curry, tamarind duck, and Bangkok beef. Chefs willingly adjust the spice level of dishes based on how many ounces of sweat bead on customers' brows from just the smell. Authentic ingredients include rich coconut milk and native chilies, and fresh ingredients come from local farmers' markets. Meals are also cooked in pure vegetable oil to bring out each flavor, coaxing any shy ingredients out of hiding.
Determined to introduce the public’s collective palate to creative Asian-inspired food, the cooks at Noodles prepare their namesake dish following both traditional Thai recipes and their own unique formulas. They craft a multitude of soups ranging from the classic udon noodle soup to the unconventional nava noodle soup, which combines seafood, minced chicken, fish balls, fish cake, and crushed peanuts in a spicy lime broth.
Customers shouldn’t let the name fool them, though—the culinary team has more than noodles and broths in their wheelhouse. They also prepare six meat-based rice bowls and 10 salads that combine ingredients such as steamed shrimp, mint, crushed peanut, and carrots. The chefs also have their own specialties, including shrimp and tofu curry and Duck in Red—roasted duck simmered in panang-curry sauce and topped with string beans, bell peppers, and herbs. This is not to be confused with Duck in White—a female duck on her wedding day.
Studio lighting illuminates the colorful paper umbrellas hanging from the ceiling at Siam Glastonbury, sending red and yellow hues to the plush leather booths below. Amid this warm ambiance, waiters flit from the kitchen to the tables with heaping dishes of fresh, MSG-free Thai favorites. Dumplings and spicy soups pave the way for four types of fried rice, six noodle dishes, and seven curries, all of which come with your choice of nine proteins, including pork, shrimp, and duck.
At Mae Kong Thai—a restaurant named after the river that separates Thailand and Laos, they serve up the foods of their homeland. Mouthwatering aromas drift from Mae Kong Thai's kitchen, emerging from pans of duck stir-fry with Thai herbs and spices and coconut-milk curries flavored with lemongrass and sweet basil. Diners at the BYOB restaurant might also opt for a plate of pad thai or simmering pho, pairing the meal with a glass of thai iced tea with freshly squeezed lime. Dishes can be made with seafood, such as red snapper, or their choice of meat, and they also feature a variety of vegetarian dishes with colorful, fresh vegetables.