Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mekhong Thai Review

Time for Thai-O-Rama, Round 5... and still no great Thai food yet. I figure by the time this project is over we bloggers will have eaten hundreds of dollars of Thai food and *maybe, just maybe* 15% of it good. I haven't seen that 15% yet, hence the hedging.

But away we go... Mekhong Thai is located on Forest Avenue, right next to Haggarty's and The Fisherman's Net in a large red building that looks like it also used to house a Mexican restaurant. M. and I went in for dinner on a Friday night and were greeted by friendly servers and hostesses. Given a table in the upper dining level, I decided the decor made it feel like you were eating in someone's Grandma's house. Some grandmas make good food, so maybe this was a promising sign.

I heard the Thai dumplings were good, so we started with an order of them and M.'s favorite, crab rangoons (both $5.95). The dumplings were bland and a strange chemically flavor in the ginger dipping sauce didn't rescue them.

The crab rangoons were good, though it's hard to screw up fried food. The wonton wrappers were not too tough and chewy, and while there was no discernible crab taste in the filling, that's par for the course for crab rangoons. The spicy cocktail sauce, however, was not a welcome addition. It tasted like chicken chili sauce mixed with ketchup, and it just made me wish for some plain chicken chili sauce.

For my entree, I ordered green curry (from an oddly small selection of curry types) with chicken and 3 stars of heat ($11.95). The portion was large, it certainly was spicy (thanks for taking me seriously!), and it had lots of vegetables that I love: snow peas, green beans, onions, and broccoli. But the curry itself was pasty and thick- I prefer my curries on the sweeter side (I would have ordered Panang if they'd had it) and thinner. A thick curry just made for a weird mouthfeel.

M. had the seafood Pad Thai ($13.95) and he enjoyed it- there was a lot of seafood: shrimp, octopus, and scallops. Again, it was spicy, but would have benefited from a squeeze of lime, whereas none was offered.

Overall, Mekhong Thai does not make my list of go-to places for Thai food in Portland. After we ordered, I noticed a table stand that was their Pho menu. Maybe I'll include it in my tour of Portland's Pho dishes, but I will keep searching for the best Thai in Portland.

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  1. I don't know any good Thai restaurants up north, either. I've reached the realization that if I want good pad thai, I'm going to have to make it myself.

    I hope we can meet up this summer at Chopsticks! The atmosphere is a little dim, but the food is the best! While you're in Bangor you should also try Bahaar Pakistani--their hours are limited and irregular, but if you're here on a Friday or Saturday evening you MUST go. I am addicted to the chana aloo! Chickpeas in spicy sauce with PICKLES!

  2. We suprisingly have some really good thai restaurants around Charlotte. There is one that has the best pad thai or as they call it cheeseburger at the lake. It's addicting..haven't figured out how they managed to do that yet.

  3. i juss think people dont understand asian food as well as the asian them self and i think some on the things that been said about some of these places are kinda rude. i knoe alot of asian use herbs and spices in their food but sometimes you cant see it and when you taste things you cant taste what you want. you only taste for what you get. everything is blended together. plus thai people are known to eat spices and they like spicyyy food. hellooo wake up and smeelll the coffee. but if you kant handle the spicy food than i expect you choose eles where. i think thai food is very good and very fresh and i think they have all the right things in their food and chill paste plus who expect to see chilli paste in your food it blends in with everything com on you should knoe that if you actually learn about the culture of the place. the one time you can see chilli paste if you put it on yourself. its funny that people think they knoe alot but they juss have no idea hahah lol.. if you really want real asian syle like our home cooked meals you would even complain.