Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sodium City

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President Thai was our lunch destination today with Mr. Monkey's family. We go there often because it is close to where Little Monkey Niece lives, and, as you know, Mr. Monkey's relatives are creatures of habit. No matter. It's a fine place for kids because it's fairly noisy, so thumbs up for appropriateness on that front.

Whether or not President Thai is authentic, I have no idea. I often judge authenticity by clientele. I know this may sound terrible, but, if there are a ton of white people eating at an ethnic restaurant, I pretty much write it off as fake and not worth my time. President Thai is split fairly evenly between white and Asian patrons, so my normal method of assessing authenticity was somewhat thwarted (albeit it should be noted that many of the Asian customers are Chinese and not Thai, making it even more difficult to judge).

Non-sequitur: I was disturbed to see the unnecessary Halloween-ifying of the usual decor.

We ordered a number of lunch specials to share. Lunch specials cost between $7 to $9, are available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (including weekends), and include a main dish, soup or salad, rice (white or brown), and fried wontons.

I didn't take photos of everything, but our order included garlic pork (very good, tender, and juicy), chicken with baby corn and mushrooms (boring and bland), green curry sole fillet (smooth and creamy with just the right amount of kick), duck noodle soup (great rich broth), and three flavors fish fillet (quite possibly the best lunch special there is).

In addition to the lunch specials, we had some Thai iced tea and Thai iced coffee, as well as a few so-called "recommended" dishes, including ong choy ($10.95), President's Crab ($12.95), and fish cakes ($8.95). These dishes were especially strong choices.

Overall, President Thai is a reliable choice for a simple lunch. It is far from rave-worthy, but you won't go away disappointed, nor will your wallet be unnecessarily emptied. I do, however, always find that I am extremely thirsty for hours and hours afterward. I think the title of this post says it all. I ate over four hours ago, and I'm still detoxing from all the salt. Blech.


  1. the ong choy and fish cake look authentic, not that i'm an expert (but the bear is training me...or i'm absorbing his thai food snobbishness by osmosis).

    that mask on the statue is horrible! wtf.

  2. oh, and yay for tonight! so fun. thanks again for organizing.

  3. I started to look at your pics, then I realized that I've been there before. . . it's right down the street from DH's church :)

    I <3 the mask. Totally random! Oh, and the food seemed authentic when I was there, but who knows?

  4. authentic or not the food still looks yummy!

  5. Isn't it funny how after you've purged your system of stuff like that you really 'feel it' the next time?

  6. looks tasty. i think we need a field trip to saladang in pasadena --- one of our thai secretaries accompanies us ocassionally for lunch and it is suuuuper tasty!


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