I have only had Thai food a couple times in my life. The first time I had it I was a young 20 year old when Villa de Jerez in downtown Hollister was the Thai Restaurant. Does anyone remember when that was there? The second time was in Downtown Salinas before my sister's fashion show. And so I had to make it a third! I researched all things Thai food and decided Siam Thai Restaurant located at 17120 Monterey Street in Morgan Hill might do the trick.
The entrance to the restaurant is quite welcoming, open the door and the place is PACKED! Every table is full in the front room so we are led to the back. I don't mind, it is quiet and less overwhelming. I order a glass of wine to try and decipher the menu. Hundreds of things to order! With descriptions of ingredients I had never heard of before! Oh my....
Out came the soup I ordered: Tom Ka Seafood. The serving dish sure was pretty! It was a extremely flavorful coconut milk soup with prawns, scallops, calamari, mussels, galangal, mushrooms, fresh lime juice, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, cilantro and chili paste! Between two of us we shared the small order and that was plenty. I could only stand a small bowl of this, not because it wasn't good it just was so rich! At first, I didn't think it was spicy but by the bottom of the bowl I was starting to sweat!
Next up was the Prig Khing Beef, ordered to be "Medium" on the spice level. Ok, so I learned that Thai translation for Medium = Atomic Hot! Omg. Besides the heat the dish was extremely flavorful. The beef was sauteed with garlic, roasted sweet chili sauce, red curry paste, bell pepper and green beans. Next time, I am thinking MILD! The rice selection was Pineapple Fried Rice. I chose this mostly because it sounded like it would be tasty without scorching my taste buds. The fried rice was a delicious blend of prawns, chicken breast, Chinese sausage, garlic, onions, broccoli, tofu, raisins, cashews and pineapple. What a treat! I would definitely order this dish again. A meal in itself!
All in all my Thai experience was an educational one. I learned that I cannot tolerate spice like I used to! I used to be able to handle any kind of heat, now not so. The Pineapple Fried Rice was a treat, a recommended order to Thai food newbies. The restaurant seemed like a real favorite - I mean it was packed with people! I would like to return to try out more entrees. In fact they gave me a frequent dinner card with two entrees stamped... the 13th entree is free! That is pretty cool! Melissa Good Taste says 1.75 thumbs up.
Correction: You omitted one occasion on which you had Thai food. Could have been the first time you did. In seventh grade, we had that Around the World in 80 Days-themed day on which each group made food representing one of the countries in the book. That girl Erin, who used to live in Thailand or Malaysia or one of those countries, had her mom make that style of cuisine. I can’t really remember what was involved, aside from chicken and peanut sauce. It was chilled, possibly more than it should have meant. I distinctly remember you joking that an ice chip hit your face when you bit into it.
That restaurant looks so cute! And the food looks delish -- even if it was a bit spicy! (Probably would be for me too!)
I love good thai food. I'm not in the south bay that often, but if I am, I'll check this place out!
My brother took me to this restaurant six years ago. As it was not his first time there, he ordered for me, knowing I don't like it spicy. I remember fried zucchini, and the soup (maybe the same coconut and mushroom soup) - I didn't like the smell, but the taste was amazingly delicious, and was very filling. I don't remember the rest, but everything was equally tasty and I'd love to visit it again.
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