The ability to differentiate between red and green curry is the mark of a good Thai chef and a common tell among children faking colorblindness to skip school. Test your rods and cones with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Thai fare at Cafe de Bangkok in Blacksburg.
Cafe de Bangkok's chefs re-create homestyle Thai dishes on a menu blossoming with fragrant herbs and spices fresh to order. Aromas of lemongrass rise from Cafe de Bangkok Tom Yum noodles, whose spicy broth mingles the textures of ground pork and seafood with crisp bean sprouts and tender rice noodles ($11.89). Nimble hands prepare thick, marinated Bangkok pork chops with garlic and mushrooms before splashing the dish with house-blended soy sauce ($12.89), and spice ruby-red coconut curries with eight different spices ($9.89). Thai basil dominates plates of jasmine rice festooned with bell peppers, tomatoes, and medallions of meat in the basil rice wok ($9.89), whereas the peanut prevails over chicken and broccoli rama ($9.89) by blanketing their contours in rich sauce before fitting them with monocles and top hats.