Though the Great Wall of China has won the accolades of history, the Great Backscratcher of Thailand, built to reach any itchy corner across the nation, saved more lives than can be counted on a single hand. Feast upon equally ingenious Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai creations with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 of Asian cuisine at Bambu in Maplewood.
Vietnam native and former Hong Kong resident Yin Thong caters to pan-Asian appetites at Bambu, which fuses culinary traditions from Vietnam, Thailand, and China in its diverse, authentic dishes. Fresh ingredients from local markets enliven plates like the spicy basil noodles, where basil and chili peppers mingle with rice noodles and voice their resentment of pushy chopsticks ($7.99). For patrons who favor Chinese dishes over Thai fare, stir-fried zucchini and chicken are bathed in kung-pao sauce and showered in bell peppers ($8.99).
Vietnamese steak- and meatball-infused pho tai bo vien ($7.50) populates Bambu's extensive gluten-free menu, pleasing patrons with gluten allergies or a dislike of extraneous syllables. Consult the drink and dessert menu to pair your spicy entrees with liquid soul mates.