Chef Nong's culinary journey began in Bangkok at age 12, when she would procure supplies from the corner market and cook for her family. She spent her adolescence perfecting her mother and grandmother's recipes, and then gained extra practice when she started a family of her own.
At age 35, Nong decided it was time to share her culinary flair with members of other families. She progressed through restaurant jobs in Thailand and Malaysia before landing a gig in Minneapolis, where she earned her sriracha-soaked stripes by cooking at a number of area restaurants before opening her own eatery, Nong's Thai Cuisine.
In her own kitchen, Nong relies on her stockpile of inherited recipes to create a menu of authentic, homestyle Thai fare, which earned the eatery the distinction of Best Thai Restaurant 2010 from City Pages. Featured in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, the "perfectly timed noodles" of the pad thai carry al dente firmness, and the "high quality" curries stimulate taste buds in a more refined manner than chili pepper stimulates the eye. Flavors of tamarind and papaya infuse salads and stir-fries, and crisp veggies top noodle dishes, all calibrated to customer-chosen levels of heat.
Osseo's Reuan Thai Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Whether you are looking for a healthy or gluten-free meal, you can find both at Reuan Thai Restaurant.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Reuan Thai Restaurant.
You can also serve food from Reuan Thai Restaurant at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Or, take your grub to go.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Reuan Thai Restaurant.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Reuan Thai Restaurant serves up all three meals.
At Thai Cuisine, there isn't a smorgasbord of dishes from all across Asia. That's because Master Chef Fimon Song doesn't cook dishes he hasn't mastered. Instead, the menu is populated with carefully crafted Eastern Thai dishes that Fimon learned while training in Thailand. His signature dish is the duck laab, which features a slightly bitter and sour taste courtesy of the sauce's orchestration of lemongrass, cilantro, mint, and garlic. Most dishes rely upon fresh seafood, which chefs toss with aromatic sauces and herbs to create plates of curry crab and pineapple and tomato shrimp. Meals are paired with creamy glasses of Thai tea and bubble tea that's more fun to drink than a fire hydrant filled with chocolate milk.
Minneapolis' Kindee Thai Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Those who avoid gluten or animal products will still find tons of choices on Kindee Thai Restaurant's menu.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Kindee Thai Restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
With its kid-friendly vibe, Kindee Thai Restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
On warmer days, take advantage of Kindee Thai Restaurant's outdoor seating.
Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at Kindee Thai Restaurant.
Dress is typically casual at Kindee Thai Restaurant, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Kindee Thai Restaurant as well.
In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue for drivers dining at the restaurant.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Kindee Thai Restaurant running under $30 per person.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Minneapolis' Amazing Thailand offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Amazing Thailand, though, so plan to indulge a bit.
Amazing Thailand also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
At Amazing Thailand, kids of all ages are welcome.
Big family? Tons of friends? Bring 'em all to Amazing Thailand — the restaurant has an awesome layout for large parties and groups.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Amazing Thailand's al fresco patio seating.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Amazing Thailand's free wifi.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Amazing Thailand — attire is casual.
Call Amazing Thailand for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Those driving to Amazing Thailand can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
Prices at Amazing Thailand typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Minneapolis' Ginger Hop offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit.
Be sure to complete your meal at Ginger Hop with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Grab the kids when you head to Ginger Hop — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Ginger Hop, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at Ginger Hop.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Ginger Hop.
Ginger Hop is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.