We had a different experience at the James Beard House this past Monday night. It was celebrating Nongyao “Moon” Krapugthong. She has two restaurants in PA. One is Mango Moon and the other is Chabaa Thai.
It was like a delicate dinner, pretty and petite.
The appetizers were meant to fill. We had salmon, then a sausage, and something like a dumpling. Most if not all of the food was at room temp and had to be prepared prior to coming to the house. Big eaters would not have done well here. I was filled however. It was an appropriate portion (hence Thai people are small waist-ed). Dessert was interesting. There was something similar to Halo Halo from the Philippines–fruits in a semi sweet sauce, with jelly balls. Then there was something in a banana leaf. If you are ever in PA, try one of the two places and let us know what you think.
Pictures for your enjoyment.
Thai Cod Fishcakes with Red Curry, String Beans, Eggs, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Fish Sauce, and Cucumber, Served with White Vinaigrette and Crushed Peanuts
Lab Tod > Leaf-Wrapped Crispy and Spicy Chicken with Cilantro, Thai Mint, Roasted Rice, Lime Juice, and Fish Sauce
Khao Kiep Pakk Mao > Thai Rice Flour Crêpes with Minced Pork Loin, Shredded Coconut, Ground Peanuts, Sweet Daikon, and Cilantro Roots
Sai Augh > Grilled Northern Thai Sausage with Galangal, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Shallots, Scallions, Shrimp Paste, and Red Curry
Domaine de Martinolles Blanquette de Limoux Brut NV
Kanom Jeen Kaeng Keaw Wan Nua
Green Curried Beef with Vermicelli, Thai Eggplant, Onions, Basil, and Peppercorns
Santa Quiteria Higueruela Garnacha Tintorea 2009
Hau Mok Talay
Steamed Sea Bass, Squid, and Shrimp with Coconut Milk and Cream, Basil-Infused Red Curry Sauce, Seasonal Thai Vegetables, and Banana Cup
S.A. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2007
Pla Samlee Dadd Deow
Crispy Smoked Cotton Fish with Green Mango Salad and Steamed Jasmine Rice
Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris 2009
Kao Mann Gai Tone
Steamed Free-Range Chicken with Jasmine Rice, Cucumber, and Chile, Ginger, and Soy Sauce
Ciao and happy eating!