Donna Cooks


Thai with Atmosphere at Chow Thai Addison
December 4, 2006, 12:27 am
Filed under: DFW Restaurant Reviews

Addison has a restaurant for every 82 of its residents.  It’s the city with the most restaurants per capita west of the Mississippi River.  Naturally, a post happy hour dinner in Addison can be a tough decision.  But when I crave Thai food, I always head for Chow Thai for the intimate, modern, and exotic atmosphere.  Oh and the food is great, too!

A group of four of us did a family style dinner at Chow Thai this past weekend. Here are a few dishes we sampled:

Chow Thai Sampler Appetizer

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The appetizer sampler came with chicken and beef satay (the peanut sauce is to die for!), vegetable tempura (broccoli, zucchini, and yams), spring rolls, crab cakes, and a small cucumber salad. Though everything on this plate was great, my surprise favorite item here was the yam tempura. The contrast of the crispy batter and the soft sweet yam was irresistible. I think I’ll have to try this in my own kitchen soon.

Basil Duck

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Slices of duck in a basil sauce served with steamed broccoli and jasmine rice. The basil flavor was just right, not too mild or strong. The duck was a little drier and tougher than I expected, but not to the point of ruining the texture of the meat. I’m used to the roast duck at Chinese BBQ joints that tend to be quite fatty, so my opinions of what duck should be is probably biased.

Rad Na with Chicken

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Crispy noodles topped with chicken in a brown sauce. The texture contrast was interesting in this dish, crunchy noodles, tender slices of chicken, and crunchy toppers. The brown sauce had a strong flavor of white pepper, which is often used in Chinese cooking to balance the flavor of seafood. I found the dish to be enjoyable, but one of the other diners at the table thought the sauce was a bit too salty.

Thai Crispy Beef with Papaya Salad and Sticky Rice

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This was probably the most popular dish of the night. The crispy beef strips had a fascinating texture of being slight crunchy on the outside but tender on the inside. I indulged in the delightful, slightly tart papaya salad, whose dressing crept over to give the sticky rice a citrusy fruity flavor. The papaya salad and the sticky rice alone would make a great summer day lunch.

Service was extremely friendly despite our complicated request of splitting a check 3 ways (for 4 people) for a family style dish of 3 entrees, 1 appetizer, a beer, and a glass of wine. I couldn’t do the math in my head for that one. Sharing the dishes let us get away with $16 per person (just food, not including beverages or tips), and it was more than sufficient food to feed all of us. Everyone left full, happy, and willing to return for more.

Rating: 4 / 5

Chow Thai Addison
5290 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254

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