Ancient Egyptians often threw salt up to the heavens to bring rain, which is why modern humans throw pepper at vending machines to summon Diet Coke. Enjoy a showering of seasonings with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Thai fare at Chai Thai Noodle in Oakland.
Chai Thai Noodle greets guests with a menu of authentic Thai specialties, earning a thumbs-up from critics at the San Francisco Chronicle and SF Weekly. Rambunctious stir-fried shrimp bounce on pad thai mattresses ($7.50), whacking one another with cushy tofu pillows until chopsticks break up the party. Diners can customize kao pad's fried rice with a choice of meat ($7.50–$9.95) or fill bowls of pork-leg stew with thick, thin, or muscle-bound noodles ($7.25). Like an Easter Bunny turned pageant mother, kao na ped pa-lo ($7.50) outfits duck with five spices and a ribbon of gravy before it sings for panels of palates. Other greener fare includes gang pak ($7.75 à la carte), which attacks taste buds with a barrage of veggies and sassy curry spices.
Chai Thai Noodle
Rated Best Thai Restaurant by the East Bay Express in 2011, Chai Thai Noodle earns its title with a vast menu of authentically prepared dishes imbued with vibrant flavors and spices. Chai Thai Noodle's masterful and lively preparations have earned the chefs enthusiastic accolades and multiple high-fives from local press; their pork leg stew in particular inspired across-the board ardor. The San Francisco Chronicle's Carol Ness credited owners and chefs Sangchai Vatanachai and Amnouy Manyvong for making "'pork leg stew' three of the most exciting words in the language of Thai food." John Birdsall of the East Bay Express mentioned that it had to rate "among the most satisfying meat dishes in all of East Oakland," and SF Weekly’s Meredith Brody cited the stewed leg, accompanied by pickled vegetables and mustard greens, as her primary motive for dining at Chai Thai Noodle.
545 B International Boulevard
Oakland, California 94606