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Siamese Princess – Ardmore

I wanted to go to Blue Fin with my mom, but damn it, they’re closed on mondays. Note to you all… do not trust the hours on Yelp. Seriously, because if I hadn’t called Blue Fin and had just gone all the way there, trusting the hours on Yelp, I would have been angered. So with that little setback, I decided to go for thai instead. And I wanted to stay close to home, so we went to Siamese Princess. This place is totally small and cute and decorated up the wazoo with paraphanalia from thailand.
I decided to go crazy and get a random appetizer – steamed kow-park-more. These were a couple of steamed thin rice crepes filled with chicken, turnips, and ground peanuts, topped with fried garlic and veggies, served on a bed of julienned veggies with a vinaigrette soy sauce. Strangely enough, the actual crepe part was my least favorite part of this dish, but I liked everything else about it. Here’s to me for trying new things!
My ma got the chicken and eggplant dish. It was chock full of chicken, eggplant, and all kinds of veggies in a savory and slightly spicy sauce. This didn’t have coconut milk in it, which neither of us like, so it was a win for us. Sorry, I forget the official name of this, and damn Siamese Princess for not having much of an online presence.
I was feeling noodley, so I got the pad see ¬†yew with tofu. Why tofu? I like it, and I just didn’t feel like chicken that night. This was chock full of veggies as well, which I thoroughly appreciated. I always love how the green beans are barely cooked, just the way I like them. And I love me some wide flat rice noodles. Everything tasted super fresh in this dish. And it was plenty of food. There’s only one lady working in the front of the house. Even still, she did a great job, was friendly, and it didn’t take long for the food to come out. I’ll definitely be back!

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Bring Your Own Pepto

I could care less for football but sometimes, when people gather to watch, there’s good food involved. And when I say good food, I mean delicious food that is horrible for you. Chips, dips, and cookies. That’s a heart attack trifecta right there.
Then D went to Tommy Gunn’s and picked up some philly style spare ribs! Yep, this is good stuff.
There was also some pulled pork. Most everyone made pulled pork sandwiches, but I decided to up the health quotient by making little pulled pork chips out of them.

Jong Ka Jip And Their Well Monitored Parking Lot

Sometimes you have to go into scary parts of town to eat amazing food. I’ve wanted to go to Jong Ka Jip for a gazillion years, but somehow, never made it. After actually craving soondubu, we made the scary drive. Ok, it’s not really that scary. Just be aware of the red light cameras! And speaking of cameras, don’t worry. The Jong Ka Jip parking lot is well-monitored by at least 4-6 cameras. It was definitely a relief to me.
As is standard with korean grub, you get a variety of banchan. None of it was extraordinary here, but it was all ok. I really liked their cucumber kimchi though. So props to you for that, Jong Ka Jip.
They may have some other things on the menu, but you come here for one thing – soondubu jjigae. It’s a spicy stew with a whole lotta soft tofu, and you can choose what kind of meat, or non-meat, you want in it. When it comes out to you, it’s boiling in a stone bowl. I like to call this a mini cauldron. While it’s boiling, you crack a raw egg into it. You also get a bowl of rice in a similar cauldron. And you eat the stew with the rice. Easy as pie. And infinitely more delicious. I can’t even tell you how awesome this is. And it’s $9, tax included, free well-lit well-monitored parking lot included, call button included. And when you’re done with your stew and rice, the bottom layer of rice that was exposed to the cauldron will hopefully be a little burnt and toasted. You then pour hot water into this, mix it up, and then eat that. That’s only if it’s physically possible for you to shovel more food into your already distended belly. This food is beyond awesome, super cheap, and more than worth the trek. So do it.

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