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SOUTH TAIWAN DINING

FYI SOUTH Magazine, August 2004.


Thai Food and Supermarket
66, RenYi 1st St., RenDe Township, Tainan County
(06) 249-3273
Hours: 8 am-10 pm

 

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Just outside Tainan City there's an authentic Thai restaurant, owned and operated by Thai husband-and-wife team surnamed Su, and catering mainly to Thais living and working in the area.

This unpretentious eatery consists of three long cafeteria-type tables set a bit back from the road, a kitchen area similar to many roadside stalls, a TV which shows Thai TV shows, and--for a bit of ambiance--a few faded pictures of past and present Thai kings, queens, and religious icons.

The menu on the wall is in Thai only. Fortunately, the folk here speak enough Chinese, Taiwanese and English to communicate with non-Thais. And when this writer arrived, an English "menu" was provided--a photocopy of the food section of a well-known English-language guide to Thailand.
If you've been to Thailand, you should have no trouble ordering your favorite dish. For this article, Mrs. Su cooked up a storm: Ten dishes were served, each one tastier and nicer looking than the last. It's clear Mrs. Su has a lot of experience cooking Thai food for restaurants. She has relatives who operate Thai restaurants in Thailand and the USA.

Individual dishes are priced from NT$50 to NT$200. With rice, a single dish can satisfy two people; the NT$200 dishes can fill five. I recommend going with a group, so you can try more of the dishes.
Mr. Su, who has been in Taiwan for ten years--and who speaks better Taiwanese than Mandarin--runs the adjacent Thai supermarket. Among the many exotic ingredients for sale are green, red, sour, and Penang curry pastes, coconut milk, and Thai rice. In the refrigerator there are often large insects (for use in traditional Thai cuisine) and strange looking vegetables, along with Thai beers and soft drinks.


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