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ISO fresh rice noodles in Boston

Fresh rice noodles are found in bags both
wide and thin at HMart and the 88/HK

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Regarding Thai North the Khao Soi and Haeng Lay IMHO are the best versions at hand and I would say are not spicy dishes. Wait no longer. Go eat these pls.

Nov 16, 2014
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I never ask about the heat. Maybe they size me up. Spicy is so subjective even in Thailand. Some Kon Thai "can't eat spicy". Certain dishes are mean to be very hot but in those cases it seems appropriate. When cooks and hosts in Thailand have suggested a dish would be very hot (phet mahk) I have not found it overpowering. On the other hand I have been asked about spicy over here and dismissively said phet mahk and have gotten schooled with inedlible heat. Any Thai Thai kitchen will have a caddy of chilies to personalize your plate. Sugar, fish sauce, peanuts, dry roasted chili and thin soy are usually in reach. You can always ask for "not spicy" (Mai phet). Here a link to a conversation with Joe Distefano and Andy Ricker re spicy ordering: http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/2013/0...

I think you'll find Cha Yen a refreshing departure from the pack with nice clear notes. Walk don't run with your big bag of Thai take-away!

Nov 16, 2014
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On my third stop by no less than eight hungry Chinese students had taken over the table meant for four. Three Thai kitchen helpers behind the counter responded to the very busy and happy Khun Jeemui who was ordering the kitchen in running shoes and orchestrating a Saturday lunch time rush ballet. Corn cakes, satay, crunchy popia rolls, mushroom/chicken larb w/sticky rice and pad see ew moo all rolled out with me although the crunchy yummy corn cakes didn't make it down Mount Auburn. A sweet surprise of Khanom Foy Tong/ ฝอยทอง/Golden Egg Yolk Threads dessert made my day. Still smiling.

Nov 15, 2014
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The corn cake didn't survive the trip. A point of purchase deep fried friend. I ate it in the car. It was crunchy and delicious with a milky corn center plus the pea nutty sauce. The Foy Tong (a gift from the Chef) was a delightful sweet surprise. I will return.

Nov 15, 2014
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Cambodian Markets of Lowell

Thx. This experience is so rewarding. Great variety and wonderful people. Very much like being there and only a tank away.

Nov 09, 2014
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Cambodian Markets of Lowell

Good tip Thx!. I'm going back on the 19 and 20 for work and I'll make it a point to check it out.

Nov 09, 2014
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A very cool, in fact cold, scented rice dish with time consuming to conjure savory and aromatic accoutrements. Iced rice is nice. Props to Kitty's article which makes it clear.

Nov 08, 2014
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w/blood.

Nov 08, 2014
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boat noodles is correct.

Nov 07, 2014
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My favorite cookbook!

Puya: TempleofThai sells em online. There are from Mexico and I've seen them at Patel Bros in Waltham. Like an Anaheim or "Finger Pointing" Chili. Puya seem to have a roasty musty complex flavor dried

S&I Pad Kapao Moo Krob / Holy basil stir fried crispy pork belly
Thai North Kaeng Hang Lei/Pork Curry
Rod Dee Kuay Teow Moo nam tok/River noodles with the works (longest name on the Thai menu
Cha Yen Sukhothai Noodles
Khao Sarn Miang Kham, Isaan sausage, Ya Dong; (at the bar)
Bangkok Blue Yam Pla Dook Foo/Catfish foo on green mango salad

Nov 07, 2014
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"What's up?" in Thai is "Gin khao" meaning "Have you eaten rice?" Back in the day Royal storehouses tallied it down to the kernel. It's the staff of life over there. I love sticky rice but the khao suay (jasmine) rice is the edible palate they paint on. Khao Tom, juk, fried, in desserts etc. the stuff is vital for me.

Rice is a dear food diary day with the Thai hot weather masterpiece "Khao Chae: rice, jasmine-scented water and crushed ice. The rice is parboiled with its husk in tact to keep its shape so it doesn't get mushy when immersed in water, making it chewier than regular cooked rice.

The side dishes are the real star in this meal. young green peppers stuffed with minced pork, which are then drizzled in egg and fried, deep-fried kapi (shrimp paste) balls, which are rolled in ground coconut, kra-chai/fresh Chinese ginger, cucumber, spring onions and strips of raw mango.

Shredded sweetened pork or beef and Chinese radish (chai pow) are also important. In most khao chae sets, the radish is caramelized to shine."

Gotta have rice. Just sayin'

Nov 07, 2014
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Cambodian Markets of Lowell

Thx! I've been hibernating and now hungry again!

Nov 05, 2014
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Cambodian Markets of Lowell

Next time you're hungry in Lowell or nearby, or out of your way bypass the sit-downs and visit some of the to-go's. Wise cooks and excellent eaters have steered me to Lowell for a while so yesterday on the way to NH I detoured. Tasty fresh, fast, healthy and cheap these Southeast Asian eats I sampled are hard to find gems this far from their origin. If you cook like me the markets here have what you need including all-the-parts butchers and fantastic fish mongery. I was shopping for Thai ingredients and found most and more than I was looking for although this community is primarily Cambodian. (The word for "thank you" in Khmer is Awkoon.) I was amazed to find tiny pea sized eggplants which I've never found in the States and will have them swimming in a curry later today. I visited Bangkok Market, Pailin Market and Phnom Penh Market as well as Yummy Express. Pailin was the best organized and had a tremendous deli style to-go up front. Hard to find fruits with small bags of sugar, salt and chili are reminiscent of everyday treats from far away happy memories. Kitchen tools are available as well and I got a shredder for som tam. I was delighted to find coconut custard studded with jackfruit in banana leaf cups. At Bangkok Market a patient Khmer cashier led me thru the vast fresh herbs and gave me the Thai names for the Kmer labels. In English: Holy Basil, cilantro with roots, sawtooth herb, pennywort, and fish foil were just a few. Galangal, turmeric, kaffir, chilies and small purple shallots are an everyday thing. At Phnom Penh Mkt I bought a bottle of Healthy Boy nahm pla , palm sugar in tablespoon size portions and dubious packets for instant Thai Iced Tea which I could not resist. The buried lead is just across the parking lot from the Phnom Penh, Yummy Express. Banh Mee type sandwiches, Cambodian steam line, pre packed lunches like salad rolls with pork and shrimp and desserts in abundance and spectacular variety are cranked out. A plastic sachet of ground peanuts with dry chili dust and make perfect the nouc chahming dipped delicate see thru salad rolls. Paired this with a Mangosteen drink and as scores of freshly fried pork and veggie popia popped up next to the register well I had to score some for me. Soon all this was doing a crumby lap dance onto a napkin drop cloth bib setup as I got back on the highway. Dessert here from many tough choices was marked "Gropkeow, yep and bakeng". I'm thinking Foy Tong, ginkos and a custard cake and pronouncing all this delicious.

Bangkok Market 179 Chelmford St, Lowell
Pailin Market 6 Branch St, Lowell
New Phnom Penh 37 Branch St, Lowell
Yummy Express 21 Branch St, Lowell

Nov 05, 2014
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Have not tried the Tod Mun Khao Pod yet but very excited about the Foy Tong and the Khao Kaa Moo that has been troubling my dreams since Khun Jeemui mentioned it. I have great respect for your food knowledge especially Aharn Thai. (insert Wai) Have you seen the Parts Unknown in Chiang Mai ? : http://www.cnn.com/video/shows/anthon...
or the Andy Ricker bio: http://munchies.vice.com/videos/faran.... Worth the couch trip! Chun gao kap!

Nov 04, 2014
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Tony Russo is the best go-to for Thai ingredients in the city area. Usually he's got fresh holy basil (ka pow), galangal and turmeric plus Thai chilies. I wish he could get sator beans and those pea sized eggplants. Khun Jeemui promises to teach me about Thai desserts and that's something to look forward to! The Thai pig trotters is on my list for next time. Really need to take a chow crowd and eat Thai style. (A great recipe for that mushroom salad (Het Pa Nam Tok) pict belo, is in the PokPok Cookbook which someone should stuff in your stocking! Check out http://munchies.vice.com/videos/faran... I think you will like it!

Nov 04, 2014
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Just had a touch and go for Larb Moo. The khao niaow powder involved calls for dry frying the sticky rice with galangal and kafir then makes tiny flecks in a miniature wood chipper I'm guessing and gives this pork salad a special mouth feel that crackles the harmonious sweet spicy dish. Run don't walk. (I hear tell of Foy Tong/Golden Threads dessert of the Thai Gods to come and there's the legendary stewed pork shank of Krung Thep to be had...)

Nov 03, 2014
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You are of course so right. I'm hoping as I get to know the Chef I can work off the menu.

Oct 27, 2014
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Lunch near Symphony Hall?

Moby Dick for sure.

Oct 24, 2014
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A self described "human truffle pig".

Oct 23, 2014
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There's skill, honesty, integrity and hard work in this food. Not so much about upcountry authenticity as ambassadors of Thai Thai taste. When great cooks from other cultures really understand us that can crack the culinary code and make something way more than fuel. (Is that too much? ....Naw^_^)

Oct 23, 2014
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A great experience. Give em some love. They're definetly putting it in the food. I would go out of my way even if Arax and Sevan weren't right there.

Oct 23, 2014
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True thing. But I've found that Aharn Thai is dynamic and the soulful carefully crafted fare here is much like the Thai street hawker who specializes in one or just a few things well. Even without the tasty bits the Thai Thai taste shines thru here. A gem!

Oct 23, 2014
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Tatsu is there right now. Third time since Saturday. Cooking Armenian smorgasbord tonight. #multitasking

Oct 22, 2014
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Woke up hungry to a photo of Thai noodles on my feed. A 'perfectly timed egg" was crowning a bowl of Kuaytiaw Sukhothai. Shot by a good eater who'd been there more'n once and knows a thing or two I figured I'd better get over to Little Armenia and experience Cha Yen Thai Cookery.
When someone is a naturally talented cook you can taste it and when you add culinary school training, 5 star pedigree and charm you'll be back for more. Chef/Owner Manita Bunnagitkarn conjured me Suhkothai noodles with an ethereal soft egg and the Thai kitchen sink including premium fish cake, fish ball, peanuts, par-boiled green beans, bean sprouts, scallion, cilantro, dry roasted chili and a little pile of sugar. In Northern Thailand you might find additionally pork rinds, liver and intestines as well as sawtooth coriander, lost on the tummies of Farangia and not missed on this occasion. I gave it an additional dusting of roasted chili powder and anointed the lot with chili laced vinegar and nahm pla. So good I had to take a moment. Suddenly I felt as though I was sitting on plastic furniture too close to a busy road. Porcine, herbal, pea nutty, sweet and spicy it rocked my Wednesday into gear. Khun Manita's four month old 12 seater on Mount Auburn does a brisk take away business and is found just to the right of the Town Diner and as close to Bangkok as you're gonna get. House made over-the-top ice cream includes flavors like red bean, green tea and Cha Yen (Cold Thai Tea). There's roti and curry puffs ahead as well. The Chef recommends the grilled squid and I must sample the Massaman curry although the fried corn cake (tod man khao pod) beckoned and needs to be had next time! The chalk board menu has modest prices and no lines...for now. This occasion's big delicious bowl of noodles is the best thing I've had in a while. Gotta go back and try the everything.

Cha Yen Thai Cookery
613 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 393-0031

Sell outs/things that sell out fast

Just thought of Hartley's Pork Pies in Lincoln,RI. Be there by 2 wed-sat or be 2 late. Lots of filling beside pork and some frozen.

Mar 09, 2014
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Sell outs/things that sell out fast

Nice.

Mar 09, 2014
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and Katz's in Chelsea even weirder hours

Mar 09, 2014
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Union Sq donuts has denied me. Early bird bakers!

Sell outs/things that sell out fast

If you don't get in gear early you will miss the chilled Xian noodles at Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Chelmsford. Everybody knows that if you don't beat the long line at Galleria Umberto on Hanover the chance of getting an arrincini evaporates by 2. (You still can't get near a cronut at Dominique Ansel in NY unless you get in the queue by 0 dark 30).

What sort of delectable commodities do we have that are in demand and short supply in our neck of the woods? Tell me your go to's, hideaways, keepers of culinary flames.