Thai Siam, SLC’s best-kept dining secret, promises a delicious taste of Thailand

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Chris Samuels

Thailand is famous for more than its picture-perfect beaches and the beautiful ancient temples that dot its lush landscape. Thailand is also home to some of the most delicious culinary delights in Southeast Asia, from the incredibly tasty Pad Thai that is made fresh on the streets to its high-end fare in the cosmopolitan restaurants of Bangkok. If you haven’t already booked your ticket to Thailand, feel free to tease your taste buds by sampling the mouthwatering menu at one of Salt Lake’s best-kept secrets: Thai Siam.

Located in downtown Salt Lake, with another location in Draper, Thai Siam is within driving distance for most people. Be sure to bring your appetite and sense of adventure — the menu at Thai Siam will be as unfamiliar to the average diner as visiting Thailand. From tempting appetizers to entrée choices, the fare at Thai Siam will take you on a culinary tour of Thailand without ever having to leave the state.

The appetizer selection at Thai Siam is as delicious as it is diverse and will give even the cheapest of diners reason to splurge. It’s hard to resist the Por Pia Tod, a unique take on the spring roll that’s made with delicate glass noodles and a wide array of deep fried vegetables wrapped in spring roll skins. For those with adventurous taste buds, I recommend trying the Tod Man Pla, which is a fish cake dish spiced with red curry paste and served with a side of cucumber sauce. Both appetizers are priced between $5 and $6, as are the majority of options on the appetizer menu.

There are far too many entrée choices to even attempt to describe, and every dish I have tried leaves me questioning yet again what my favorite is. The menu offers an array of curry and wok-fried dishes, as well as numerous rice and noodle options, all of which range from $11 for individual portions to $16 for family style. It would be a crime to ignore the Guay Teaw Pad Kee Mao, better known as Drunken Noodles, which consists of thick rice noodles and meat doused in oyster sauce and seasoned with fresh Thai basil, Thai chilies and garlic to create what I feel is Thai Siam’s signature dish.

While it would be easy to eat yourself into a stupor with that delightful dish, you would be remiss in not trying one of Thai Siam’s many exquisite wok-fried dishes, like my personal favorite Pad Kra Thiam. This heavenly creation is a garlic stir-fry doused in black pepper and complemented with baby corn, chopped garlic, mushrooms, green onions and cilantro which blend perfectly with your choice of thinly sliced chicken, beef or pork. Nearly all the dishes come with a side of white rice to help soak in all the tongue-twisting flavors.

While there is rarely room for dessert after feasting on the many Thai treats on the menu, try and save just a bit of space for the Mango and Sweet Sticky Rice. There is nothing quite like experiencing sliced mango served up on warm bed of sweet coconut milk sticky rice to end your evening of sampling Southeastern Asian delights. Until your trip to Southeast Asia finally comes, there isn’t a better way to experience the culinary creations of Thailand than dining at Thai Siam.

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