Monday, August 25, 2014

Thai Salad Special

 -Grubbing in Chicago
Where the Thai Salads at?

Today's post is a tribute to the country which I feel makes the most tongue tingling salads. I'm not big on raw greens and diced veggies and thats ok because the salads of Thai cuisine are hardly just that. Wikipedia states that Thai salads fall into four categories - Yam, Tam, Lap and Phla - with each one having a different flavor, texture and preparation profile. I still consider myself a novice with this as I'm learning much of it as I type. That said I became much more experienced in the eating of them department this past summer. Here are 17 Thai salads I've tried  from some of Chicago's best Thai restaurants. They make for the perfect snack on a hot summer day. I wont waste your time trying to describe each and every one because they should all be tried as they're each unique and tasty in their own ways. That said some of the many words that can be used to recount them are comforting, exotic, lip-smacking, tangy, sour, succulent, and just plain good.
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Spoon Thai

Larb Kor Moo - sliced pork neck grilled to perfection and flavored with chili powder and tossed with cilantro, onion and roasted rice powder in spicy lime dressing
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Thai Valley

Spicy Rice Namsod - tasty Thai curry rice mixture combined with ground pork, red onions roasted peanut ginger in tasty spicy sauce served
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Siam Country

Thai Crispy Egg Salad - crispy egg, cucumbers, red onions, carrots with sweet and sour dressing and ground peanuts
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Silom 12

Silom Salad - fried papaya, green beans, grape tomato, peanut, dried shrimp, and spicy som tum dressing

Yum Pla Duuk Fu Salad - crispy catfish, peanut, green mango and spicy sweet salad dressing
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Opart Thai House

Miang Sa-Wan - dried pork, peanuts, lime, fresh ginger, onions, cilantro and thai hot peppers, served with green lettuce leaves to wrap
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TAC Quick 

Crispy On Choy - tempura Chinese watercrest, shrimp, ground chicken, mint leaf and onions with spicy chili paste lime dressing
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Sticky Rice 

Larb Catfish - chop fried catfish, cilantro, onion, basil, mint, roasted rice powder mixed with lime sauce

Tilapia Apple Salad -  deep-fried tilapia topped with onions, ginger, apple, pineapple, cilantro and mint mixed with Thai spicy dressing
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Nine Classic Thai

Catfish Salad - deep fried pieces of catfish topped with shredded carrot, green onion, chile and Thai Spicy Dressing
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Andy's Thai Kitchen

Yum Woon Sen Salad - glass noodle, shrimp, ground chicken, peanut, fried garlic, onion and cilantro with a spicy lime juice
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Aroy Thai

Grilled Pork Neck Salad - grilled pork salad with red onion, green onions, roasted rice powder and thai chili
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Siam Noodle & Rice 

Bean Thread Salad - tossed, seasoned clear noodle with minced shrimp, ground pork, red onion, celery and chili over a bed of fresh lettuce
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Spicy Thai Lao (Burbank)

Laotian Jackfruit Salad - young jackfruit, rice powder, fish sauce, onion, cilantro, basil, tamarind, lime juice and dried Thai chiles
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White Pearl (Elgin)

Northeastern Spicy Chopped Beef Salad - As rec'd by Leela of SheSimmers which you can learn all about HERE
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B&V Market (Elgin)

 Nam Kaho Tod - a deep-fried rice salad with northern Thai-style pressed ham tossed with ginger, peanuts, onion and cilantro in spicy lime dressing
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LTHforum Picnic

Grilled Beef Heart Nam Tok - as made by @brbinchicago for the LTHforum Picnic. Get the awesome recipe HERE
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Spoon Thai
4608 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 769-1173

Thai Valley
4600 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 588-2020

Siam Country
4637 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 271-0700

Silom 12
1846 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-1212

Opart Thai House
4658 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 989-8517

Thai Quick
3930 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 327-5253

Sticky Rice
4018 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 588-0133

Nine Classic Thai
2349 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 360-7087

Andy's Thai Kitchen
946 W Wellington Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-7821

Aroy Thai
4654 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 275-8360

Siam Noodle & Rice
4654 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-6694

Spicy Thai Lao
5357 State Rd
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 424-1758

White Pearl Restaurant
265 S McLean Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 695-3399

B & V Asian Market
347 N Mclean Blvd
South Elgin, IL 60177
(847) 931-7188

LTHforum.com

1 comment:

Jen Berman said...

Great list! Surprised no entries from Rainbow--and the Naem Khao Tod from Thai Valley looked a tad burnt...

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