Epicureans eat spicy food to test their stomach's resolve, just as bodybuilders bench cars to test their strength, and nudists buy clothes to test their willpower. Leave a bare plate following the use of today's Groupon to Thai Recipes in Davis. Choose between the following options:
• $8 for $16 worth of dinner fare, served 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. daily.
• $6 for $12 worth of lunch fare, served 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday–Saturday.
In a kitchen directly overseen by the restaurant's owner and her sister, the sustenance-sculptors at Thai Recipes propagate boldly flavored dishes full of fresh ingredients and free of MSG. Start with a scintillating salad of yum tilapia, with deep-fried fish lounging beside green apples and cilantro before a curtain of sweet-and-sour sauce ($10.95). With jaw muscles warmed up, tackle a traditional entree such as pad thai ($9.95) or pad-him-marpan chicken bedecked with dried chili peppers and roasted cashews ($8.95). Customers may express their preferred degree of spiciness before sampling one of seven sizable curries, then express post-dining delight with a jazz flute rendition of Feeling Groovy. A wide range of vegetarian meals ensures that anklyosaurus wannabes never have to crawl away from Thai Recipes unsatiated.
If you ask chef Lek Saicheur where her recipes come from, she may regale you with stories of the bustling open-air markets of Bangkok, Thailand, where vendors peddle fiery noodles and sizzling fried fish. While pursuing her master's degree at U.C. Davis, Saicheur shared these dishes with her fellow students in Thai cooking classes. Their enthusiastic response compelled her to eventually open up her own Thai restaurant—Thai Recipes.
Deep in the kitchen, Saicheur and her sister whip up a variety of traditional curries and noodle dishes. The aromas of fresh basil, spicy peppers, and garlic flood the air as the sisters simmer meats in pure canola oil or liquid hot magma. They complement their plates of pad thai, green chicken curry, and stir-fried clams with bottles of imported Thai beer and glasses of cool coconut water. Thai Recipes also purifies it's water by using a reverse osmosis system.