Thai Spice, we keep coming back

Sushi at a Thai buffet? Pot stickers? What is Thai cuisine exactly, besides not this? Wikipedia has a good description of the different regions, emphasizing the centrality of rice and the importance of aroma and fragrance. I like the coconut-based soups, the grated papaya salads, the spicy curries, basil leaves. Of the easily accessible Thai restaurants in Houston, Thai Spice in the Village is my favorite. The lunch buffet wanders much more than the menu does, and you can craft a meal the Wikipedia description of Thai would match. It would be very picante and fragrant.

We ate here once with Paul Harcombe before he retired, and he described a very hot, delicious curry he had a previous time. Today, we ran into Owen and Courtney, out for lunch, Owen with his just-finished Ph.D. from our group. This is a favorite place to take seminar speakers, because it is good, close, and open on Mondays.

The best Thai restaurant I’ve ever eaten in was in Zurich, when we were there for the Behavioral Ecology meetings in 2000, right after our first Dictyostelium meetings. Fearless Critic says there is a good Isan (Northeastern Thailand – lime-based cooking) restaurant somewhere far outside the loop we’ll have to try sometime (Vieng Thai 6929 Long Point Dr.). But for now, we’ll stick with Thai Spice, and try to order judiciously.

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Not sure how much of this past the chicken satay is actually Thai.

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Pad thai,, several curries, some vegetables, more Thai.

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That tofu dish on the left was excellent, spicy hot, fragrant with coconut.

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This Thai iced tea was also delicious. Cool picture of Dave.

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This sweet dessert had a lovely mild taste, and the rice grains had just the right amount of give.

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About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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