Pan-Asian cuisine combines multiple traditions to create something new, much like a romantic comedy, rock opera, or monster-truck ballet. Fuse culinary customs with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Thai and pan-Asian fare at Rice & Spice in Holland.
Rice & Spice compiles a greatest hits menu of classic fare from a host of Asian countries, and the restaurant specializes in Thai dishes. Rev up digestive engines with an order of crispy crab rangoon ($3.95) or spring rolls ($3.25) before attuning taught jaws to a mountain of phad thai ($8.95 with beef, chicken, pork, or tofu; $9.95 with shrimp; $11.75 with seafood). The phad phed squelches the temper tantrums of hunger pangs with a spicy red curry and constellations of bamboo shoots, long beans, carrots, lemongrass, and eggplant swirling in a coconut Milky Way ($8.95 with beef or chicken; $10.95 with shrimp). Like ornately decorated cauldrons, bowls of pho noodle soup and lemongrass-laden tom yum soup ($7.95+) billow steam, doubling as an effective smoke screen for aspiring ninjas.
Nalee Manosack, or “Grandma” to regulars, rules as queen of cuisine at Rice & Spice. Gold serpentine dragons and gilded pheasants encircle an ornate mirror hanging on the crimson-walled dining room, bestowing good luck and sending a terrifying, if enigmatic, message to real-life pheasants.
301 N River Ave.
Holland, Michigan 49424Get Directions