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The Best Thai Dish I’ve Ever Had

As I write this post, it is making me sad. Why? When I was in Syracuse for a business trip awhile back, we ended up eating at Erawan Thai Restaurant. It was a random pick, but a good one. My colleague ended up ordering the Nam Prig Ong, and by golly, it’s the best thai dish I’ve ever eaten in my life. Ever. In my life. Yes, I said it. And I’ll say it again. It’s the best thai dish I’ve ever had in my life. However, there is no thai restaurant near me that serves this dish. WHY THE HECK NOT? I have no idea. But it saddens me to think about it, because I know I can’t order it. IMG_3296Yes, I can attempt to make it, and some day I will, but it nevertheless disappoints me that it’s not possible for me to walk into a thai joint around here and order this dish. Oh, the sadness. It was sweet, savory, spicy, and when eaten with rice, it was the greatest thing in the world. Both of us couldn’t stop eating it. And ever since, we can’t stop talking about it. Seriously though, we talk about that dish all the time. It’s like a sickness. Yet I get sad knowing I can’t have it anytime soon. Does anybody know somewhere in the tri-state area I can find this? If so, I will be your greatest fan forever.
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Everybody loves Circles so I finally went! Why did I wait so long? I have no idea. There are two Circles, one take-out place and the sit-down place. I went into the take-out place and got very confused. But they kindly sent me across the street! Ah… that’s more like it! It’s a small dining room with no kitchen. That’s right, all the cooking is done across the street at the take-out place! I don’t know how the logistics of this works, but it just does! I would like to videotape all of the trips the servers have to make crossing the street.
Here are the famed tofu and corn fritters. These hot little suckers are battered and fried and served with a side of citrus aioli and a warm curry tomato compote with crabmeat. These were definitely a win for me. As a fan of tofu and corn, I saw everything right about putting these together.
The pad thai! We both loved it, and M is a big pad thai fan. As for me, I never ever tried pad thai very much, so I hadn’t ever been much of a pad thai fan. Not because I don’t like pad thai, but just because I’ve barely ever tried it. Well now, I’m a convert. Everything just works well here. The ingredients are super fresh, nothing is overcooked, and all of the flavors blend well together.
Drunken noodles are my usual thai dish of choice. I could never get enough of thick rice noodles. And I love the spicy sweetness of drunken noodles. It’s great here, and the portions here are large!
The Fried banana dessert aren’t just slices of banana fried up. Instead, they’re fried spring rolls stuffed with banana, drizzled with a sticky and sweet caramel sauce. They’re incredibly decadent!
We also tried the Thai Donut. Let’s face it, put the word donut on it and I’ll try it! These little donuts are more like plops of fried sugary dough. So they’re like fingerling donuts. And they are amazing! They come with a creamy and sweet dipping sauce, but you don’t need it. These hot puppies are great, as is. I probably haven’t tried enough of the thai restaurants in Philly, but with how good Circles is, I almost feel as I don’t need to! 
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Coco Thai Bistro – Narberth

Coco Thai Bistro is a cute little thai joint in downtown Narberth. They have a decent lunch deal where you get a soup or appetizer and an entree. It’s not as good of a deal as some of the other joints (I’m thinking of you, Chiangmai in Conshy), but it’s still pretty solid. It’s a typical small, family-run joint, decorated with, well, as you could have guessed, lots of elephants
The coconut soup… with coconut milk, veggies, chicken, lemon grass, you know the drill. If you like coconut milk, good for you. If you don’t, like me, then stay away!
I wasn’t feeling soup that day so I went with the veggie dumplings. Aren’t these adorable? They tasted great too. They look a little weird though, but don’t let that dissuade you. They’re delish and served with a sweet chili sauce. I loved the pickled cucumbers too.
The thai basil with tofu and a bunch of veggies. You know this is good.
I love me some drunken noodles so of course, that’s what I got. I got it with chicken and I scarfed this all down!
This was the coconut tart, the dessert special of the day. It had a flaky bottom, raisins, walnuts, brown sugar, and coconut shavings, and was apparently very good and delicious. They definitely get points for presentation. We’re pretty sure a family runs this place. It was sad that we were the only people in the dining room during our visit because the food is quite great and so is the service. If ever in Narberth, stop by for some delicious thai!

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