I found a Thai place on Nangang Road shortly after I started my life in Taipei. It was in a shack at the time, and written on the sign were the words: 正宗泰國菜 (Authentic Thai foood). Seeing from its small scale, I knew that it must be run by Thais, and they probably served Thai people in the neighbourhood. But I never gathered enough courage to give it a try, until my other half and I decided to finally give it a go!
I remember seeing the original shack being demolished. I was a little worried then, but soon realised that they had moved into a proper building.
The menu was quite simple. If you feel like challenging them, you can also order things that are not on the menu.
There were pictures of the King and Queen of Thailand hanging on the wall in the AC room.
There was also a karaoke machine.
As we found this song book, we were certain that the place was, indeed, frequented by Thai people.
打拋豬肉 Khrapao Moo (Pork) กะเพราหมู
Since it was our first visit, after all, we didn't want to go out too far from our comfort zone, so we ordered a khrapao to test them out.
Yes, there was onion in it, but only a small amount to add to the flavour. It looked pretty nice, and after a bite, I was about to burst into tears! It was really authentic!!
粿條（細） kuay teaw (thin) ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเส้นเล็ก
Then comes kuay teaw.
I believe I've shared this before in my old post. See here to refresh your memory.
I'd also shared with you these four sauces that went with the noodles.
涼拌青木瓜絲 Papaya salad ส้มตำไทย
And their papaya salad? Oh my! It was truly authentic!!
The spice penetrated into the papaya, and we realised then that this was probably the only place that does this dish properly with a mortar and pestle, instead of just mixing up the ingredients without pounding them while mixing them. We reckoned that it was the only way for the spicy taste to penetrate into the papaya!
泰式奶茶 Thai milk tea
Not quite done yet! There was also this amazing milk tea. Thanks to this, we survived the spicy papaya salad!
A reminder: don't ask them to leave out the ice. The ice, when melted, dilutes the milk tea, making it perfect to drink! (Otherwise you might find it too sweet)
The best thing of all was the price was extremely affordable! Very high cost performance!!
You can also watch some Thai TV shows while you're here!
During our second visit, we decided to try some different dishes. Firstly, because we were curious. Secondly, because I wanted to collect more pictures to post!
泰式酸辣鮮蝦湯（苳茵湯）Tom yam goong ต้มยำกุ้ง
The tom yam goong was quite nice. But this soup is not difficult to make, so it was hardly a surprise.
粄條 Kuay teaw (thick) ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเส้นใหญ่
Last time we tried the thin noodles, and this time, I decided to try the thick noodles.
The soup was very Thai, of course, but the noodles themselves was a little disappointing. I think they were trying to save the trouble (or money), so they used Taiwan noodles instead, which was quite different from what I was expecting...
豬肉炒飯 Pork fried rice ข้าวผัดหมู
We had tried both pork and beef, and I thought that their pork fried rice was a little better. Once, I had my other half take home a box of fried rice, and when we opened up the box, we were surprised!! The box was so full that the rice was about to fall out! I told my other half that Thai people are quite simple minded... giving us so much fried rice at the same price... how exactly do they make a profit???
醬油炒粄條 Pad see ew (Noodles fried in soy sauce) ก๋วยเตี๋ยวผัดซีอิ๊
Note that this is quite different from pad thai. This is actually fried in soy sauce (see ew). The taste was great, but as I said earlier, they used Taiwan noodles instead, which was still a little disappointing.
涼拌冬粉 Yam woon sen ยำวุ้นเส้น
Finally, this was a dish that I used to try my luck. I asked randomly if they could make me this dish, and luckily, they had all the ingredients needed. I know I can make this dish, but because the process takes so many steps, it's so much easier to just enjoy what others' make for you!
The owner of the shop realised that I had stayed in Thailand before, so when she asked me if I found the food spicy enough, she was extremely surprise when my answer was "a little too spicy". I didn't bother explaining to her that actually, Taiwanese people didn't eat very spicy foods during pregnancy...