Don't like spicy? Try the Thai
June 11, 2008 · Updated 12:27 PM
Some people shy away from Thai cuisine.
They cant tell if its Chinese or Indian. And besides, its too hot and spicy.
Thai food is interesting because it draws influences from everywhere, said Thai Express co-owner Joe Suwandichit. Thai has a rich coastal and seafood influence... while at the same time a strong influence from India there are lots of curries.
Some people avoid those curries. But they dont have to avoid the new Thai Express at Kitsap Mall.
The beauty of Thai food is that it can be as hot or mild as you like, he said, while still retaining its unique international flavor.
He said house specialties include a teriyaki sandwich with poached salmon and ginger, and a pan-fried rice and noodle dish with eggs, scallions or peanuts with a sweet tamarind sauce, he said.
Suwandichit and his mother, Som Si, co-own Thai Express, the latest restaurant to open in the Food Court at Kitsap Mall.
Though it looks like a fast-food outlet, the quality of the cuisine is rich authentic. Both owners were born in Thailand, with Si learning to cook there. Son Suwandichit, 19, was brought to the United States as a young child. He was raised in America and attended local schools. Hes a CKHS grad. The restaurant has one employee in addition to the co-owners, Delia Bennett. The last place the family had a restaurant was in California, said Si.
The menu is headed by the restaurants combo special which gives a taste of several things. Appetizers include spring rolls or chicken satay with peanut sauce.
Soups include tom yum goong, hot and sour with prawns and mushrooms; and tom ka gai, hot and sour with coconut milk and chicken.
Vegetarian dishes range from veggie fried rice to tofu with cashews. Noodle dishes include pad Thai jay with rice noodles, tofu, egg, turnip and bean sprouts. Other specialties include ginger chicken, pork or beef with veggies; showering Rama chicken, beef or pork with mixed vegetables and peanut sauce; and spicy prawns with vegetables, chili paste and basil.
Customers get a choice of how spicy they want their food. Theres no MSG added. Beverages are also available.
Thai Express replaces former tenant, Edo Japan. Call 698-8700.