Starchy Marie wrote about our visit to Ruen Pair with Delicious Coma, Eat Sip Chew, and Wandering Chopsticks ages ago. What can I say? I'm a lagger.
But I have a big yellow arrow showing you which sign is Ruen Pair's at this popular Thai Town strip mall. That's got to count for something.
Just in case you forget where you are while you're eating, this back wall reminds you very clearly. Thanks, Ruen Pair!
Stir-fried morning glory with soy bean sauce (market price).
A solid version of my favorite green vegetable.
Papaya salad -- sliced papaya mixed with green bean, tomato, dried shrimp, lime juice, ground peanuts, and fresh crab ($5.95).
After having many papaya salads, I can now say this with confidence -- I don't like papaya salad. Yes, I habitually eat things that I don't really love multiple times before I kick them out of my rotation; I like to give all foods a fair shake. But, as far as papaya salads go, this one was a good and spicy one.
Salty vegetable and ground pork in clear soup ($5.95).
This reminded me of soups that my mom used to make when I was a kid. Simple but magically perfectly salty.
Deep-fried pompano with spicy chili dressing (market price).
The best dish of the night for me. It's fried fish! With a humongous dish of chili sauce! What's not to like?
Green curry chicken with bamboo shoots, basil, and coconut milk ($5.95).
Stew[ed] duck noodles ($5.95) (ordered dry).
Loved this. My second-fave dish. It has duck in it. Duh.
After dinner, we crossed the parking lot to Bhan Kanom Thai for dessert.
Ever wonder what a Thai sweets store is like? Wonder no more.
Panchi -- taro, corn, shredded coconut, sugar (6 for $2.50 or 10 for $4). Grilled sticky rice with banana -- banana, sticky rice, coconut milk, sugar ($1.25).
This is a prime example of why I try things that I don't like. I don't like taro. I don't like coconut. But guess what? I effing love panchi! Paaaaanchi! Hot and golden and crunchy and not too sweet. Super good.
The grilled sticky rice was lovely, too. Mr. Monkey was very happy that I brought it home for him.
The panchi stole my heart, though. I thought about it all night, even after all the wonderful dishes at Ruen Pair.