Friday, April 22, 2016

yummy thai

yummy thai
서울특별시 용산구 두텁바위로 4-1; also at 서울특별시 용산구 남영동 16-1

what was consumed: papaya salad, steak salad, tom yum soup, green curry (of course, this is not what they're called in thai, but ...)

my new favorite thai restaurant! friends who served in thailand said that this was their favorite place (so that counts for a lot). so, of course, we had to go and check it out. and thank goodness we did! because 
i love thai food. the savory fish sauce, the creamy coconut milk, the spicy peppers, the papaya, the cilantro, the bamboo shoots ... all of it! 

our meal started with shrimp chips and a side of sweet and spicy sauce (sort of typical for se asia, i understand). this only whet our appetites. we quickly moved on to our favorite "appetizers" of papaya salad (lots of peanuts, lots of fish sauce, lots of spice) and tom yum soup (spicy, a bit tangy, filled with lots of shrimp, mushrooms, etc) - delicious. we then moved on to a steak salad and one of the many curry-like dishes that yummy thai offers. both were seasoned well, with just a bit of spice. i hear that spice may also be adjusted as you'd like (or can handle), but i like my thai food on the spicier side.

yummy thai is run by a thai chef and what seems to be a rotation of thai staff, many of whom are some how related to the chef. maybe that's why the food tastes so ... authentic? these dishes, the chef says, are some of her favorite, cooked in ways that remind her of home. YUM.

the main chef told us that she's been living in korea (she got married and moved with her husband to korea), with frequent trip to thailand, for the past ... 10? 15? years. wowzers. yummy thai's an easy walk from base, and an easier walk from the sook myung women's university metro station. so walk (no, run!) to yummy thai! and let me know when you go because i'm always up for some yummy thai!


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