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Friday, May 08, 2009
revisited/thai:i strongly recommend THAI TOWN
at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, A9, 7th FL
9 Song Shou Road
Xin Yi District
MRT: Taipei City Hall
Kid friendliness: high chairs and children's dinnerware available.
Visit reviewed: 4/6/2009
Previously reviewed: 10/27/2006
Since my first time eating at Thai Town and writing about it's take-out almost three years ago, I've eaten there a number of times, each time being impressed by its consistently good food and ample portions. It's a great place for a lunch date or even better, a huge group lunch so that you can have more dishes to share in a stylish, modern setting.
My favorite dishes to order are usually the Moon Shrimp Pancakes, Thai style satay, Thai Fried Rice Noodle (or Pad Thai) or Seafood and Pineapple Fried Rice, Curry Chicken and Spicy Fried Greens with Shrimp Paste.
But today, we tried out some new dishes- the Spicy & Sour Shrimp Soup(Tom Yom Kum) and the Green Curry Chicken in Coconut Sauce. Both were spicy, but good.
The Green Curry Chicken was more like a sauce than a curry (as the menu states)- and you definitely need the Thai white rice to balance the spiciness. When you order your food, your server will ask if you want regular rice or Thai rice, you definitely have to pick the long grain Thai rice!
The Tom Yum Kum was sour and spicy just like its name in Chinese "Thai guo suan la tang" and had hearty lemongrass, tomato, spicy flavors. I've only recently discovered a newfound love for Tom Kha Kai which is a Thai chicken coconut milk soup (but isn't on the menu here)
While Thai Town is more a casual sit down, chain-store version of Thai food (rather than the local mom and pop shops you'd find in LA) with a large English and Chinese menu of standard popular appetizers, main dishes and even desserts. It's one of my top choices for Thai food in Taipei, my first choice being the delicious Mei Kung and third choice is the fusion-esque Patio (formely Patara)
I know there are quite a few other Thai places in town I have yet to eat at, but when your favorite places are satisfying your stomach, I don't have a reason to wander.
other THAI TOWN locations in Taipei
Zhong Shan Shin Kong Mitsukoshi
No. 15, Nanjing W Road, 7 FL
MRT: Zhongshan station
49 Ren Ai Road, Sec 2
133 Anhe Road, Sec 2
116 Tien Mu West Road
Tien Mu District
68 Tien Mu East Road
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, Building A, 7th FL
Miramar Shopping Center branch
22 Jingye 3rd Road, 2nd FL
165 Chen Gong Road, Sec 3