Pad Thai Siam takes its name from a dish that symbolizes the balance of sweet, tart, and savory flavors that characterizes Thai cuisine. The mélange of noodles comes stir-fried in tangy tamarind juice, spicy peppers, savory peanuts, and zesty lime, and the rest of the menu lives up to this tradition of blending flavors and spices. Rich, piquant coconut milk curries pop with sweet basil and beds of steamed vegetables sport crowns of garlic-seasoned pork. Like a pair of tin cans connected by a long rice noodle, the restaurant unites faraway places through food, with Japanese udon soups, teriyaki steaks, and crisp shrimp tempura sharing table space with southeast Asian treats.
Thai Siam’s dishes have won numerous awards from City Weekly, including the title of Best Thai for five years running. Whether visiting the original Salt Lake City location or the brand new Draper location, Thai Siam creates mouthwatering shrimp, duck, and salmon dishes in green, red, and massaman curries. The curries and plates of duck infused with ginger and honey parade into the dining room beneath statuettes, framed artwork, and prehistoric cave drawings of Betty Crocker.
Andaman Kitchen’s chefs fill their pantries with locally sourced ingredients to craft dishes that strike the balance of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors essential in Thai cooking. They simmer tender pieces of chicken and pork in creamy red or green curries and drizzle lemony Thai-style dressing onto troops of deep-fried shrimp. Out in the dining room, sky blue walls and decorative Eastern statues surround tables scattered with a variety of noodle dishes, from plates of pad thai to bowls of glass-noodle soup that must be handled carefully to avoid shattering.
The cooks at Taste of Thai embed authentic Thai flavors into a menu of stir-fry, noodle, and curry dishes. Dinner guests can bat away encroaching hunger by merging a choice of chicken, beef, or seafood with six varieties of curry. Various meats and vegetables populate the stir-fry platters like citizens of a soy-sauce-flooded city, such as the pab gra thiam's garlic, baby corn, and green onions or the pad hin ma parn's cashews and roast chilies. For noontime nourishment, introduce taste buds to the traditional chicken or shrimp pad thai or the eatery's special broth, which ripples inside the ground-pork thai noodle soup accompanied by bean sprouts and cabbage. Visitors can signal the end of both meals by scratching plates with silverware or by feasting on desserts, such as the sweet sticky rice with sweet mango.
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Thai Garden Restaurant's chefs carefully spice a menu of Thai cuisine awarded Best Southeast Asian fare by Salt Lake magazine in 2006 and 2007. In the dining room, ornate wood dividers stand stark against exposed brick, displaying intricate carvings of animals, workers, and Judd Nelson with fist triumphantly raised. Floor-to-ceiling front windows cast light on dishes of chicken, beef, pork, or tofu coated in flavors such as red curry and spicy Thai basil sauce, and customized to one of five levels of spice. Classic pad thai and pan-fried flat noodles conveniently fill entree-shaped voids in diners' stomachs with fresh sprouts, meatballs, and ground peanuts.