Thursday, July 25, 2013

Portland Restaurant: Tarad Thai Market and Restaurant

What: Tarad Thai Market and Restaurant
Where: 601 SE Morrison St.
When: Monday-Friday Lunch, Monday-Saturday Dinner, check website! 

Tarad Thai is a small restaurant with a few ingredients for purchase. Basically, stop in for lunch or dinner and you can also pick up some ingredients for easy Thai cooking at home. The owners select quality brands and ingredients, offer tips, and sell cookbooks for the home chef. 

Mary and I went to Tarad for lunch her first day in town from Salt Lake and we were super pleased with our choice. We started with Pork Buns ($7) stuffed with ground pork and quail eggs. The filling was dense and the quail egg was a great addition. If you like to spice things up the sauce definitely adds a kick! 

Not realizing how substantial the pork buns would be we ordered two main dishes. We shared the Pad See Ew ($9) with flat rice noodles, chicken, egg, black pepper and chinese broccoli. It was delicious, plus I really like the texture of the flat rice noodles.

We also shared the Gaeng Oam ($12). This curry wasn't the thick, more creamy curry I'm used to ordering. It was more like soup made with slow-cooked pork in gang om curry with galangal root, lemongrass, kaffir leaf and Thai herbs topped with green onions and cilantro. The flavor was fresh and spicy and the presentation was a winner. The clay pot above a clay base with fire in it kept it hot and looked pretty neat.

I'm looking forward to returning, hopefully soon!
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