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Off Campus Dining Review: Thai Kitchen

December 7th, 2010

By Jessica Currier
Human Nutrition major
Brewer, Maine

Recently, a new takeout restaurant opened up right near campus. It is called Thai Kitchen, and I couldn’t wait to try it because Thai food is delicious and good Thai food is hard to find around this area.

Thai Kitchen is located on Park Street in Orono — close to off-campus housing and two of the main entrances to campus. It’s in a residential neighborhood in a small, renovated carriage house next to a private residence. Inside, you can see the food being made because everything is wide open. It is very clean and nicely re-modeled. Thai Kitchen also delivers for free in the Orono area.T

For budget-conscious college students, Thai Kitchen runs specials consisting of an entrée such as chicken pad Thai, an egg roll, and dumplings for $5.95!

The menu has many different choices — appetizers such as crab Rangoon and vegetarian egg rolls; soups such as wonton soup, hot and sour noodle soup, and Thai tom yum soup. Dinner optons include house specials, salads, curry dishes, stir fries, fried rice, and noodle dishes. A couple of the house specials are Garlic Chicken, which is sautéed chicken in garlic sauce and broccoli, snow peas, carrots, and peppers; and Orange Chicken, which is deep-fried chicken, breaded, with steamed vegetables, topped with orange sauce. The curry dishes are served with rice and either chicken, pork, beef, tofu, vegetables, shrimp, scallops, or squid. The mango curry sounded very good — coconut milk, mango, green beans, onions, red peppers, and broccol in red curry paste.

But I decided to order traditional chicken pad Thai from Thai Kitchen’s noodle selection. This combination of stir-fried noodles, chicken, egg, bean sprouts, scallions, and ground peanuts is considered Thailand’s most famous dish  It had a bit of spice to it, and was very delicious! I also got an order of the vegetarian egg rolls, and they were great too. The dessert menu looked very interesting. There was sweet sticky rice with mango, sweet sticky rice with custard, and fried banana with honey, all considered traditional Thai desserts. I would like to try the fried banana some day.

I was impressed by the service at Thai Kitchen too, the staff was very friendly and it only took about 20 minutes. It was traditional Thai food and you can’t get it any more fresh. I’ll  be going back to try a curry dish and one of their desserts.

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