August 23, 2012
What to eat: In a city long underserved by Thai cuisine, Robert Zapata has taken the food truck world by storm with a Thai and Mexican lunch fusion. There may not be a more original dish in Philadelphia than Cucina Zapata's Cap'n Crunch-crusted tilapia burrito. If you aren't a fan of the flaky white fish for its texture, the Cap'n makes it crunch with an unmistakable childhood flavor before it is piled with avocado, a mild pico de gallo and a tangy peanut sauce. Insane value: Two juicy Thai short rib tacos ($6)
November 25, 2010 |
Since meeting in the Bronx as teenagers, Suad Hadzovic and Lalitta Ardhan have dreamed of opening their own restaurant. Money was an object. So was deciding on the concept. He is from Kosovo and her family is from Thailand. After years of saving - and marriage, three children, and a relocation to Pleasantville, N.J. - they have taken the plunge in a Cherry Hill strip center with Umpasri . Thai cuisine won. Ardhan's father, Joe, a 30-year kitchen veteran, and his wife, Bowe, are cooking.
September 17, 2005 |
From Baltimore to Woodland Avenues, and squared off by 43d and 45th Streets, Clark Park's nine acres of green are where University City residents and beyond have come to feed the soul for years. Today's Clark Park Fall Festival, organized by the Clark Park Music and Art Community and Vitamin D productions, offers sustenance of all kinds with musical acts, arts and crafts, food from local vendors, and plenty to do for the kids. Held for the last 35 years to welcome autumn - there is also a festival to mark the start of summer - the Clark Park fete has a unique, spiritual feel.
January 23, 2005 |
Sabai Thai, an authentic Thai restaurant in Newtown Square, is named for a decorative sash typically worn with a wedding dress. It's an appropriate name for a close-knit family establishment owned by a woman. Toi Ken, who runs the Sabai, a BYO, with the help of her husband, sister and daughter, grew up in the restaurant business. Her family owned a restaurant in Thailand, and she worked in various cities, including Boston and San Diego, before settling in the Philadelphia area.
July 6, 2003 |
To truly appreciate Thai food, you need to take your time and savor the aromas. I thought that was especially true during a meal at the Royal Thai Orchid, an elegant BYO that defies its commercial surroundings in the Westgate Plaza. Our appetizers - the aptly named Steamy Crepes and Tulip Dumplings (for their decorative shape) - each sent up a waft of aromas. For the next few minutes, my table delved into the delicate rice-flour wrappers of the crepes, releasing the scents of a dusky ground chicken, sweet turnips and meaty peanuts.
January 19, 2003 |
The new chef-owner of a longtime French restaurant, the Black Walnut, is not the only chef in the kitchen of what is now called Siam Cuisine at the Black Walnut. Chum Long is willing to share this small townhouse space along the so-called restaurant row so he may bring diners, he says with pride, French-Thai fusion cuisine. In the kitchen, Long oversees Chris Smith, the Black Walnut's former sous chef, and Peter Phetpha, who once made signature Thai dishes at Long's first restaurant, Siam Cuisine, still on Arch Street in Philadelphia.
October 24, 1999 |
Even among Thai restaurants, Silk Cuisine in Bryn Mawr stands out for the sheer delicacy of its food. Considering the competition from the many good Thai restaurants throughout the suburbs, that's quite an achievement. Silk Cuisine is a branch of another superb Thai restaurant, Silk of Siam, which is just a few doors away at the southern end of the 600 block of Lancaster Avenue. Silk Cuisine is at 656 W. Lancaster Ave., its parent at 614. While both are excellent, Silk Cuisine is larger, brighter and a bit more attractive.
September 1, 1999 |
A lot can happen in two years. That's how long it had been since a visit to Siri's Thai French in Cherry Hill. Chef/owner Siri Yothchavit did more than just renovate the restaurant. She took over the storefront next door, adding a patisserie and another dining room. The change is a good one. From the outside, Siri's Thai French, located in a strip center across from the Garden State Racetrack, doesn't look impressive. But come inside, and the restaurant's handsome interior is an oasis of calm and good taste.
June 7, 1998 |
New York couldn't handle another Thai restaurant. The market for Southeast Asian food was becoming so saturated in the mid-1980s that it was no longer confined to Manhattan's Chinatown. By 1984, someone could order some tilapia in red curry sauce in any of the five boroughs. Sompong Pongsi, a recent Thai immigrant and budding restaurateur, saw this and knew if he ever wanted to open his own eatery he would have to move on. So Pongsi packed his bag and headed down the Jersey Turnpike.
January 21, 1998 |
Somsak Pramojanee and his wife, Pam, spend a lot of time on the road - driving between their two Thai restaurants, the original in Voorhees and their second location in Cherry Hill. Both restaurants have the same menu and chef Pam's commitment to preparing authentic Thai cuisine, without the use of MSG or other artificial flavor enhancers. A recent visit to the restaurant's newer location delivered a first-rate experience, rich with the flavors that dominate Thai cuisine - basil, curry, coconut, garlic, lemon grass and plenty of chili.