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They might specialize in Thai food, but Bangkok Classic certainly pulls culinary influences from throughout Asia. It's apparent from the first glance at the appetizer list, where guests will see egg rolls filled with glass noodles, wontons with sweet chili sauce, and curry puff pastries. Curry reappears later in the menu, in seven varieties such as an eggplant-salmon blend with coconut milk and bell peppers. The specialty entrees are steadfastly Thai, including pad palam, a choice of stir-fried meat mixed with peanut sauce and a blend of carrots, zucchini, and steamed cabbage.
Kulnapa Siripong learned to cook Thai cuisine at a young age alongside her mother in the kitchen. Now she shares those recipes at Bangkok Terrace, an eatery she opened in the Gallivan Center in 2012. Marinated duck served with her special honey sauce, fresh papaya salad, and Thai-style barbecue are a few of her specialties. She also simmers seven types of curry, infusing it with the piquancy of curry pastes imported from Thailand. After the main course, diners can sweeten palates with housemade coconut or coffee ice cream.
Lacquered tables lit by sunlight from expansive windows gleam in Rice's modern dining room. Spicy aromas waft in from the kitchen, foretelling the arrival of entrees that blend the culinary traditions of Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Some of these flavors meld within the dishes themselves: combining grilled steak, asparagus, and eel sauce, the Cowboy sushi roll melts away boundaries between East and West, much like a blast furnace full of old compasses. But chefs also cook traditional Asian recipes, such as a Thai curry with coconut milk or Japanese udon noodles with tempura shrimp. And they're accommodating of other diets, too. Several vegetarian dishes incorporate soy chicken substitute, whose tender texture pleased the writer of a 2009 In This Week review.
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.
Executive chef and owner Jitrada Dreier creates signature Thai dishes using the same techniques she learned in her native Thailand while working in catering for government officials. Using fresh ingredients from local suppliers, she makes thai squid salad, Tom Kha coconut soup, and an array of stir-fry, noodle, and rice dishes.