We had dinner at a restaurant called Boualouang with some friends last night. They serve Laos and Thai cuisine. There were 6 adults, 2 toddlers, and 1 baby. I think we were the noisiest table there but shhhh….don’t tell anyone….teehee. The service was pretty good and I think everyone enjoyed the food as well. Between 6 adults we ordered two appetizers, one soup, one salad, six entrees, steamed rice, coconut rice, and two desserts as well. We shared everything and there was nothing left on the plates when we were done. This first plate was on the house. It was scallops and I think shredded papaya with a tangy, spicy sauce on top of some kind of tortilla chip. A nice start to our dinner.
The next dish we had was quite spicy. Actually all the dishes we had were really spicy. Any moms reading this, I would not bring my kids to a Thai restaurant again, but if you must bring your kiddies then be sure to feed them something beforehand. I brought A cause she’s pretty good at sitting still when we go out, and left B at my Parents’ house cause well, we all know how long the attention span of a one year old lasts. The only thing A was able to eat were the appetizers and Pad-Thai 😦 The soup we ordered was way too spicy for her.
TOM-YUM: Chicken breast and mushroom spicy Thai hot and sour soup with lemongrass, lime leaves and galangal.
YAW-TWAT-GOONG: Shrimp and avocado with sweet mayonnaise wrapped in spring roll paper and deep fried. Served with hot sweet and sour sauce with peanuts.
I thought that appetizer could have been much better. The avocado was a bit too mushy to my liking and I felt it was also a bit too greasy. But then again, what do you expect when you order something deep fried?
Papaya salad. I really enjoyed this dish. The Vietnamese version is quite similar except it’s topped with beef jerky. I really liked the crunchiness of the green papaya.
PHANUENG: Phanueng curry with chicken breast in coconut milk and peanuts.
GAENG-KIEW-VAHN: Green curry and coconut milk with fish, mushrooms, zucchini, sweet basil, and Laos eggplant.
In my books you can’t go wrong with anything that has coconut milk as an ingredient. Both these dishes were delicious and I would definitely order them again.
PAD-KEE-MOUW (DRUNKEN NOODLES): Stir fried noodles with shrimp, chicken, fresh chillies, broccoli, basil, and onions.
Wow! The chef definitely kicked this dish up a couple notches cause it was uber spicy. BAM BAM BAM!!!
GAENG-KIEW-VAHN: Green curry and coconut milk with shrimp, mushrooms, zucchini, sweet basil, and Laos eggplant.
PAD-THAI: Fried rice noodles with shrimp, beef, bean sprouts, green onions, carrots, tofu, and roasted peanuts.
Other than the appetizer, this was the only dish that A was able to have which wasn’t spicy at all. She seemed to like it though cause she had a full bowl. I think by the time this dish came I was so used to everything being so spicy that I felt like this dish was missing something. My friend beside me kept commenting on how her lips were burning and felt like they were going to fall off. I don’t blame her cause I must’ve said the same thing a couples times as well.
PAD-KA-POW: Mussels, straw mushrooms, long green beans, hot basil, and red chillies.
If you like seafood you’ll probably like this dish. Needless to say, tres spicy. If you look you can actually see the red chili in the dish.
And finally some dessert. We decided to order two of their desserts to share.
KOW-SUNG-GA-YA WITH TARO ROOT: Thai baked egg custard with taro root served with sweet purple rice, vanilla and coconut ice cream. (plate on the left)
KOW-NIEWH-MAHK-MWANG: Purple rice steamed with coconut milk. Served with fresh Thai mango, vanilla, coconut and mango ice cream.
Both desserts were great. Only complaint I had was that the mango was a little bit sour. I loved the taro root custard though. All in all it was a great dinner. Our lips didn’t fall off but our sinuses were definitely cleared 😉 Great food, great friends, great conversation. What better way to start a week. Have you ever had Thai food? What did you think of the experience? Hope you’re having a good start to your week!
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