Kra Pow Koro and Canned Cheese
Lovely day, today was. It started at the farm in Savannah where Clark Kent and I fed, watered and showered the six Cayman parrots currently in recovery. From there it was brunch at Cracked Conch
where we ate ourselves into food coma land. After that…cartoons. Pretty much the best Easter ever.
In a totally unrelated Easter topic, when you live in Cayman you will come across this Jamaican holy day tradition of Easter bun and cheese. That’s canned cheese. What’s more Eastery than canned cheese, you ask? Well that’s easy. Thai food.
Continuing on with the utter randomness of today’s post, a few months ago I gave away a $50 gift certificate to Thai Orchid. My friend Koro managed to snag the swag and as a way of saying thanks he offered to review the restaurant (with minimal prodding.) While Koro may not have a food blog of his own, we’ve certainly spent many hours discussing and/or eating food, which qualifies him for ‘expert’ status as far as I’m concerned. Big, big thanks to the Vaka’uta’s for taking some time to hit up a local restaurant for The Deep Dish.
Now it’s with slight trepidation and a tiny bit of gas (spicy BBQ for dinner comes with its own rewards), that i embark on this task to blog about my recent dinner at Thai Orchid. I use the word “recent” loosely as I’m a renowned procrastinator. Anyway to dinner, which came about thanks to a $50 gift voucher courtesy of this very site for a Sweet Potato soup recipe I posted back in February. (Told you I procrastinate!)
I’d like to tell you it was a quiet dinner with my wife, but two and a half years ago this (see above photo) happened and put paid to any plans for romance.
Nonetheless, it was good quality family time. Upon arriving at the restaurant and exchanging pleasantries on how big our daughter was (after living on a small island for five years this is a regular occurrence), we dove right in. We ordered two appetizers to share. First up was Mee Krob. Crispy fried noodles tossed with chicken, fried tofu and shrimp in sweet and sour sauce.
I have to admit the noodles ended up tasting a little like rice krispie treats. Thankfully, I like rice krispie treats so I wasn’t too perturbed. And while not normally a fan of tofu, I do live by the adage that anything fried is good and this dish didn’t let me down. The chicken also tasted like chicken, which is always a positive.
Being female, my wife ordered the appetizer that didn’t involve fried food or – shock/horror – any meat at all.
This “anti-sushi” roll consisted of avocado, cream cheese and asparagus. Once again I was pleasantly surprised that such a green combination could be tasty.
To my main course where I ordered Phad Kra Pow. Stir fried chicken and vegetables with sweet basil, minced garlic and chilli. I was a little hesitant at first because the plate arrived and reminded me of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
That would be my only complaint because the oily dish also contained crisp red and green peppers. I loathe overcooked peppers and it had the perfect balance of flavours. Just enough kick to know you were eating exotic, but not too much that you didn’t enjoy your meal. Truth be told, the rice did a good job of soaking up the excess oil as well. (There’s a tip BP!)
Well to dessert. I know, some may be surprised that I still had room, but as Parsley Sage has insinuated I am a man of pleasantly plump proportions so it was not a problem.
I had heard a number of people recommend the Sticky Toffee Pudding at Thai Orchid so that was what I persuaded my wife to order, while I went for a white chocolate mousse cake.
After tasting the pudding, I was reminded of going to the movies to watch a much-hyped and talked about feature, only for it to fall flat. Like the movies I suspect the experience was all about expectations and perhaps having these overinflated and unmet. The pudding was nice enough, but not enough to rave about (even though I have probably reached my word limit because of it!)
I actually preferred my mousse cake.
The raspberry coulis was a perfect accompaniment along with the vanilla custard. The surprise indie film of the night for sure. All in all it was a great meal, especially because more than half of it was paid for by Parsley Sage’s voucher! (Including drinks)
So hooray to Mrs. Sage and hooray to me for finally sending this in!
Mee Krob – $8.50
Phad Kra Pow – $20.95
Sticky Toffee Pudding – $7
Mousse Cake – $7
All prices in CI. $1 CI = $1.25 US
Parsley Sage, here. One more thing before I go. Cooking Gallery
hit me with the Easter tag today requesting that I put together a little Easter menu. I love games. I never win. But I like to play.
Chilled Spicy Coconut Soup, Fried Barracuda, Curried Chicken Salad and for dessert some of Norma’s world famous Irish Coffee.