The thing about Thai food is that its best enjoyed on the streets. The more expensive and posh the Thai restaurant is, the pad thai there is equally bad! Not my words, but I’m starting to believe it.
Pad Thai is a simple dish with a complexity of flavours in the form of meat, stir-fried vegetables and noodles. Known, informally as the national dish of Thailand, this dish is most sought after street food next to their meatballs and mama noodles.
New York City’s tastebuds are gradually growing, one delicacy at a time and Pad Thai seems to be an all-time favourite.
Here’s a list of some of the best Pad Thai you can get in New York:
1. Uncle Boons Sister
Here, at Uncle Boons Sister, the pad thai is served in a traditional way with DIY seasonings like crushed peanuts, fish sauce and ground chillies. The noodle is perfectly seasoned like it was hand-altered according to your taste with flecks of chillies, bean sprouts, sauces, tofu, assorted seafood, sautéed garlic cloves and scrambled eggs.
2. Pure Thai Cookhouse
Pure Thai Cookhouse further authenticates the Thai taste by adding tiny dried shrimp to the mix. Like the quintessential pad thai, a piping hot bowl of slippery noodles is brought to you and it contains chillies, scrambled eggs, a hint of sugar, fish sauce, chopped peanuts and a wedge of lime. There are other seasoning accompaniments like pickled jalapeños, chilly paste and dried chillies so you can make the already spic dosh, spicier.
3. Pata Cafe
Pata Cafe is a chilled, laid-back coffee house serving excellent bubble tea and something called Pink Milky that is a favourite among regulars. Apart from these cool drinks, they also serve up a mean rendition of the classic pad thai. A hot bowl of sweet and sour noodles is graced with shards of scrambled eggs, preserved radish, pickled ginger, shrimp and chives topped with crushed peanuts.