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posted March 10, 2016 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A new Thai restaurant opened here recently. Just wondered what to expect there.

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posted March 11, 2016 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a very nice place, too.

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posted March 12, 2016 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Enneline     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have tons of Thai Restaurants (incl massage studios) here in Germany.
Thai food is particular spicy n hot, they use huge amounts of chilis. They will probably amend the amount for Western guests, i guess though; nonetheless it's really really spicey and hot, even Indian food is quite a joke comparing to Thai food.

They use a lot of coconut milk, fish sauce, Koriander and galangel and of course chilies.

I would recommend the following Thai dishes (apart from the notorious but tasty curries):

- tom khaa gai: delicious soup with coconut milk and galangel and herbs.

- glass noodles salat with Shrimp Pulp (?)

- Massaman curry: a special curry imo. Very tasty, not too spicy and peanuts

Have fun! Bon appetit

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posted March 13, 2016 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds interesting.

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posted March 13, 2016 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Enneline     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you want to be a tough guy, tell them to use as many chillies as they use at home. Hahahaha

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posted March 14, 2016 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No way!

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posted March 15, 2016 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Less is more!

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posted March 15, 2016 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PlutoSurvivor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Haha, reminds me of the time I dined with my brother at an Upscale Thai restaurant, not the authentic ones I prefer. He ordered Hot. There were beads of sweat dripping from his forehead onto his plate. I laughed so hard but he was so red in the face I thought he would burst open. It was unbearable and he's the type of person that adds hot pepper to everything he cooks.

Play it safe and order mild. You can up the heat as you go.

Thai food is tasty and fresh, but I'm always still hungry because the portions are not huge. I guess there is a reason for that, to save room for desert, homemade coconut ice cream. Don't pass on that, Randall

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posted March 15, 2016 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PlutoSurvivor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Enneline:
If you want to be a tough guy, tell them to use as many chillies as they use at home. Hahahaha

Hahahahaha.....

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posted March 16, 2016 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liliya     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I looove Thai food mmm unfortnately, in the country where I live now it's not as popular. I haven't had any thai in 3 years

I remember when I took my husband to thai/singapurian restaurant for his birthday. They had little peppers by each dish to show the level of spiciness, from 1 to 5. My husband, being the typical Leo Mars conj Regulus "I can do it!" and ordered the one with 5 peppers. Waitress was like "ARE YOU SURE???????" hahhaaaa omg I think he drank more water in one sitting that he usually does in a whole month

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posted March 17, 2016 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted March 17, 2016 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Enneline     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A little advice in case itís too hot despite ordering it Ąmildeď: Eat plain white rice, this helps; donít drink water, this would worsen anything

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posted March 18, 2016 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 12muddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The best Thai food I've had was in Thailand. Or maybe it was the novelty that made me feel that way.

Anyway, my experiences are mixed. Some places looked nice but the food was below average. Some places made really nice dishes that kept me coming back for more.

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12muddy; that's awesome! I've stayed there for a bit myself. I've enjoyed the food before and currently also.

Something like Pad Thai usually tastes better at home, but is a good one to try in general.

Coconut shrimp soup is amazing, as is duck soup(not sure how many will have the latter). Thai's are especially known for their soups as far as food goes and you can't go wrong.

Mango/and or papaya salad is also really good and a really unique taste- a blend of sweet and spicy.

Rice with anything and with added fried egg on top to it you can eat at literally any time and is very common and safe, as well as filling.

And personal favorite is deep fried octopus or beef, or such with whole peppercorn and garlic[the kind that is really hard and crunchy].

Oooh, and while not particularly just Thai cuisine, but a whole fish on a bed of rice and numerous sides is also awesome!

Also as others have noted it is a lot about the sauces!!!!

Happy Eating and do spill(the food you had, not the drinks!)

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posted March 31, 2016 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will check out their soups.

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posted April 02, 2016 02:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PixieJane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I went to one Thai place, I ordered "hot" as that's what I usually do at other places. But Thai hot is different from Mexican hot.

Perhaps it was that everyone else at our table had Asiatic features that the one who took my order assumed I knew what I was asking for...or maybe it was just funny to the one who took my order to give me what I asked for without making sure I understood what "hot" meant here.

Thing was...it was SO good that I couldn't really stop. I'd have ordered rice to help but dishes took so long to arrive that I didn't want to do that as my prawns would've been cold and they were so delicious while hot. I drank the Singha (Thai beer) and then ended up ordering more...I left with a very strong buzz.

What happened after was funny, but too OT, though I'll add that the ice cream I had when we got home was very helpful.

Btw, many Thai dishes are delicious vegan dishes with plenty of filling protein (since I recall that's an interest of yours). Back when I used to go to a veggie potluck, none of the vegans knew how to make good dishes and all the vegetarians used lots of cheese so I took it on myself to make vegan dishes that were both filling and tasty, usually some Thai dish (and given that they were popular so that the vegans had to hurry if they wanted any, I was doing something right--did have to watch how spicy it was an I usually brought condiments so they could spice it up more if they wanted). I almost added it to the vegan recipes thread but problem is those that were scrupulously vegan were intended for a potluck than a regular meal, and it's been 10 years or longer since I stopped going to that potluck, so my memory is vague on the details.

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Love Thai food- the hotter the better. Yes, they do do vegan food, but you'll need to be clear about not adding the fish sauce. A lot of MSG is added to SE Asian cooking, but honestly it makes the food taste THAT much better.

I usually go for a red curry with seafood or mock-meat with the hottest they can get it over steamed white rice and forego the appetizers and desserts. If I'm particularly hungry, I order the papaya salad (some places do it very poorly), or in the alternative, a vietnamese fresh roll (i.e. salad and vermicelli in a translucent rice wrapper with a sweet-salty sauce on the side).

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posted April 09, 2016 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds delicious.

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Originally posted by MinceyMouse:
Love Thai food- the hotter the better. Yes, they do do vegan food, but you'll need to be clear about not adding the fish sauce. A lot of MSG is added to SE Asian cooking, but honestly it makes the food taste THAT much better.

I usually go for a red curry with seafood or mock-meat with the hottest they can get it over steamed white rice and forego the appetizers and desserts. If I'm particularly hungry, I order the papaya salad (some places do it very poorly), or in the alternative, a vietnamese fresh roll (i.e. salad and vermicelli in a translucent rice wrapper with a sweet-salty sauce on the side).


Umm... My mouth is watering. Dammit! It's like 1:30 am in my corner of the galaxy and nothing reasonably close and vegan-friendly is open at this time. Well, peanut butter sandwich will have to do for now.

Yum Thai food, me craves.

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posted April 17, 2016 01:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for StarDustStuff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by PixieJane:
When I went to one Thai place, I ordered "hot" as that's what I usually do at other places. But Thai hot is different from Mexican hot.

Perhaps it was that everyone else at our table had Asiatic features that the one who took my order assumed I knew what I was asking for...or maybe it was just funny to the one who took my order to give me what I asked for without making sure I understood what "hot" meant here.

Thing was...it was SO good that I couldn't really stop. I'd have ordered rice to help but dishes took so long to arrive that I didn't want to do that as my prawns would've been cold and they were so delicious while hot. I drank the Singha (Thai beer) and then ended up ordering more...I left with a very strong buzz.

What happened after was funny, but too OT, though I'll add that the ice cream I had when we got home was very helpful.

Btw, many Thai dishes are delicious vegan dishes with plenty of filling protein (since I recall that's an interest of yours). Back when I used to go to a veggie potluck, none of the vegans knew how to make good dishes and all the vegetarians used lots of cheese so I took it on myself to make vegan dishes that were both filling and tasty, usually some Thai dish (and given that they were popular so that the vegans had to hurry if they wanted any, I was doing something right--did have to watch how spicy it was an I usually brought condiments so they could spice it up more if they wanted). I almost added it to the vegan recipes thread but problem is those that were scrupulously vegan were intended for a potluck than a regular meal, and it's been 10 years or longer since I stopped going to that potluck, so my memory is vague on the details.


Hi PixieJane,

I have been vegan for like a year now, before that I was vegetarian. I've been tempted to go to one of those vegan potlucks, but I feel a bit intimidated because I've never been to one and I'm the only vegan I know in my (very small) circle. So that means I would have to go alone. What are they like? I've seen them posted on MeetUp all the time.

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posted April 19, 2016 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PixieJane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
^^

The veggie potlucks I went to were hosted by UUs (Unitarian Universalists) and would feature a topic for discussion and sometimes even a speaker. This is what drew me (and I was neopagan back then and plenty of neopagans showed up for this). Because of this, they were frequently attended by odd and curious individuals (myself just being another one). We weren't all vegetarian (I even once interrupted a discussion by some hunters there who were being too graphic on killing animals, and the context was such that I perceived it as a passive aggressive dig at the vegetarian requirements, but they listened to me), and we came from a variety of religious and social backgrounds who were open-minded enough to usually get along (though sometimes people present could take offense at what I considered the most trivial things, and get all huffy about it rather than discussing it, but this was relatively rare).

This means that it will probably be different from say a "vegetarian meetup."

For whatever reason, the UUs insisted the potlucks be vegetarian. Most vegetarian dishes seemed to have been made with the philosophy that a dish could not filling and tasty without a lot of cheese...and the cheese that was in almost everything made it difficult for the vegans to partake, and unfortunately the vegans seemed to lack imagination (makes me think most of them hadn't been vegan or vegetarian for very long or with consistency), so I came up with dishes they could eat (and the vegetarians and omnivores also liked them, which meant I quickly learned to make a lot so that there'd be enough, otherwise the vegans were once again SOL).

I also had spices brought in so people could add what they want, and no one was mean enough to dump a bunch in my dishes or anyone else's, but some of my condiments were stolen once (after which those who attended started to keep an eye on them which may be why it only happened once).

But again, the vegetarian aspect was a secondary aspect, with the primary aspect being the topics of discussion which were often metaphysical, ethical, or about various religious beliefs and practices (though any speakers knew they better expect questions so there was very little preaching or attempts to gain converts, it was more in an academic way). I'm sure a meetup or potluck in which vegetarian diets are the primary rather than secondary aspect will be different (though cheese will probably be common).

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posted April 20, 2016 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used to go to those UU potlucks.

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posted April 21, 2016 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A professor at my university was a member.

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posted April 22, 2016 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And this branch was just about all atheists!

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posted May 15, 2016 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Still haven't gone. It's called The Lemongrass.

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