2011-05-12 : My favorite restaurant: Hattapon's Thai Kitchen
Hattapon's is a longstanding favorite here in G'field. They opened several years ago in a tiny space, takeout only, then managed somehow to wedge a table and 2 chairs into their waiting area. A couple of years ago I guess they moved to a bigger space with actual tables, so now you can eat in in comfort.
Compared to other local Thai places, Hattapon's food is, I dunno, more rustic? More homestyle? The curries aren't as silky or as sweet as they are at other places, and you can really taste how fresh and handmade they are.
Be sure to try:
The kee mao (spicy fried rice noodles) with tofu. J prefers the pad thai with fresh noodles and shrimp, but you know me, I love those little shreds of thai chili.
The massaman curry tofu. All the curries are good, but the massaman curry, holy cow. Mild, warm, complex. In general the curries are better with tofu than with chicken (your other option), and I believe that you can get all the curries vegan, too.
The lap kai (warm chicken salad with herbs and roasted rice powder) with sticky rice. I have an altogether unhealthy relationship with this dish. It's the spiciest thing I regularly eat, punishingly spicy if you know what I mean, but through the summer I have to have it like once a week or my life stops making sense.
1. On 2011-05-12, Ben Lehman said:
2. On 2011-05-12, Vincent said:
3. On 2011-05-13, Simon C said: