Doi Tung Thai Restaurant
596, ChongDe Rd, Sec 1
Hours: 11 am-2 pm, 5-10 pm
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
Located directly opposite the ChongDe Road Carrefour, this Thai restaurant was once known as Lanna, but now has a new name and focus. Overseas Chinese owner Raymond Chang explains that his former Golden Triangle hometown of Doi Tung ("Flag Mountain") was once an opium-growing region but is now better known as the "Switzerland of Thailand". His authentic cuisine is actually certified as such by the Thai tourism office (as a certificate notes). Chang notes that there are four region-based Thai cooking styles--northern, northeastern, central and southern. Doi Tung offers dishes from all four but understandably focuses more on northern cuisine. Also from the north is something not usually found at other Thai eateries--coffee made with northern Thai beans. Other drinks include Thai Singha Beer and tasty Thai Milk Tea. In addition to an extensive a la carte menu, Doi Tung also offers five to 10 quick Business Lunch options from around NT$200 that include rice, soup and coffee. Four to six person set menus are also available for a reasonable NT$1,072 to NT$1,608. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Ann Lee
A. Some of Doi Tung's many favorites include the pictured Fried Curry Crab (NT$420), plus Papaya Salad (NT$180), Steamed Fish with lemon sauce (NT$350), Deep Fried Chicken with lemon sauce (NT$250), Minced Pork with basil leaves (NT$220), Red or Green Curry Chicken (NT$220), and "Pad Thai" fried noodles with pork and shrimp. Unique to Doi Tung is its version of the classic Chinese dish Stir-Fried Spicy Chicken and Cashew Nuts (NT$250), made with red curry.
B. This attractive two-floor, 170-seat restaurant has lots of space but can fill up on weekends, when reservations are recommended.