Last night I got seriously schooled in Thai food. My friend Sumi, who has spent a great deal of time in Thailand, took us there. We’d just come from checking out a bunch of galleries in Chelsea (and drinking a ton of wine), so let’s just say I was… ready to stuff my face inappropriately. We hop in a cab up to Wondee Siam, the restaurant that Sumi insists has been the most authentic that he’s found. Next thing I know, we’re sitting at a table drinking a beer and my friend Justin and I are just staring at each other while Sumi and the waitress are having a very detailed, very enthusiastic conversation in Thai. Next thing I know, food is just being placed down in front of us. So for all intensive purposes of this review, I actually can’t tell you what we ordered per se, but the photos should be helpful. I had previously only eaten at Khao Sarn in Williamsburg, which I now know to be Americanized Thai food, because the food we had here last night was such an improvement, I really wasn’t expecting it.
Particularly delicious was the crispy pork, which is usually referred to as moo tod, but Sumi said this was moo grup. They serve the same version at Khao Sarn, but this was probably 15 times better. Lighter, more flavorful, and way crispier. I had looked on Yelp, and saw someone say it was on the ‘secret menu,’ so when you go, maybe you’ll have to ask for it. We also had this fish here, with his eyeballs and everything. Sumi ate its cheek. It was also really, really good. The prices were insanely low; for three of us to totally pig out (papaya salad, veggie dishes, chicken, rice, pork, fish), it came to a total of $71. I highly recommend, even if this isn’t in your area and you need to hop on the subway for a bit.
Where: There are a bunch apparently, all in Hell’s Kitchen. I’m not sure which one we were even at; blame the wine. | How Much: That I can definitely tell you; it’s cheap, like $20 / person and you’re stuffing your face.