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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
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.