The tongue is one of the body’s hardest-working parts, tirelessly articulating consonants and discouraging bicuspids from dropping everything to track down their biological parents. Show your official food taster a little gratitude with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 of Thai cuisine at Racha Thai & Asian Kitchen, located in the Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila.
Racha Thai’s world-traveler chef revamps traditional Thai dishes with a twist of French, Vietnamese, and Peruvian motifs. The culinary commander’s menu conquers appetites with an expansive arsenal of noodle dishes, curries, and seafood. Teach your taste buds a few basic phrases in Thai with a starter of moo ma now—a grilled marinated pork with spicy chili-lime-garlic sauce and shredded cabbage ($6)—before plugging stomach caverns with the jungle curry, which puts your choice of chicken, beef, pork or tofu atop a sweltering underbrush of Thai eggplant, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, carrots, oysters, mushrooms, and wild ginger root ($12.50). But to experience the peak of the chef’s culinary sorcery, run your chopsticks through a special such as the lamb panang topped with artichoke, kaffir lime leaf, and coconut milk ($29) or Thai coconut nam yum, which juxtaposes a black cod with king of oyster mushrooms, lemongrass, and coconut meat ($25). The diversity of dishes will appease omnivores and still allow vegetarians to eat freely without fear of finding an animal part or a Pac-Man ghost amongst their meal.
Open seven days a week, Racha Thai’s modern but authentic setting balances saffron chandeliers and filigreed Thai wall art with exposed ductwork and sleek surfaces. When the weather’s nice, diners can also take refuge in an umbrella-shaded seat on the side patio, where they can practice their outdoor breathing techniques and watch the mall’s stampede of shoppers go by, followed closely by its stampede of bulls.
Racha Thai & Asian Kitchen
Many restaurateurs defer to their chefs’ better judgment when devising their menus, but Punya Tipyasothi wasn’t content to sit on the sidelines. Before opening Racha Thai & Asian Kitchen, he embarked on a two-month culinary tour of Thailand, stopping to sample dishes from street carts, esteemed restaurants, and vending machines throughout the country. From this trip, he gleaned enough recipes to craft a versatile, exciting menu of Thai fusion cuisine upon his return to the States.
Chef Deang works to match this remarkable commitment, crafting five styles of curry from scratch and with varying levels of spiciness. When he isn’t cooking traditional Thai entrees such as duck in ginger sauce or pud thai, Chef Deang fills his wok with Asian dishes inspired by the lands that border Thailand.
1150 Southcenter Mall
Tukwila, Washington 98188Get Directions