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    Re: Thai Restaurants Abroad

    Quote Originally Posted by Mo
    Hope that I am not going to upset anyone, if so I do apologise for that in advance. However, as there are seem to be Thai restaurant(s) everywhere, but hardly find any with a real quality. There should be someone such as Thai Government, plays a little attention toward the quality control and other respects, which recognised by at least for The Thais'. Any comment, please feel free to discuss. Hope there is a certain concern out there.
    How do you expect the Thai govt. to control what is going on in other countrys when they can not enforce their laws in their own country??

    Pure food laws, health laws,Traffic laws, building laws, and it is no business of the Thai govt. what people do in other countrys, if they are not satisfied with what their people do in other countrys and the laws of the other country, then they should make them quit going there.

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    Re: Thai Restaurants Abroad

    Quote Originally Posted by visionchaser45
    Here in Los Angeles there are generally two strategies for Thai restaurants. One strategy is to target Thais in the area with authentic cuisine. The decor is usually very bland, and there is always a photo or two of the King and Buddha. Prices are generally lower, the food is more authentic, and mostly Thai people are inside (both employees and customers). The other strategy is to target farang, These restaurants must adjust their menu for farang tastes. The decor is usually a bit more trendy and the prices are also a bit higher. You may find farang or Thai who don't speak Thai working in the front. The chef is usually Thai, but the rest of the staff may not be. Thai restaurants in Thaitown compete on the basis of authenticity of their regional cuisines. Those in other areas that target farang compete on the basis of theme, menu options, services (i.e., delivery, catering, etc.) and location.
    See also Oakmonster's excellent blog on this very subject over at Thai-Blogs

    http://www.thai-blogs.com/index.php?blog=13

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    Re: Thai Restaurants Abroad

    I wander downstairs at dinner to find the best thai food in the US. My marvelous wife cooks so well its not necessary to eat out. We do visit Thai restaurants from time to time, but find the food spotty.(some good some not so good)
    We did visit the left coast last year and found the food in Thaitown to our liking at several restaurants (5400-5800 N. Hollywood Blvd) I didn't recall a Thaitown when I lived on Argyle 30+ years past.
    Our Wat when it has services is a good place to find Thai food especially desserts.

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    Re: Thai Restaurants Abroad

    In Bahrain there is a big thai community and may thai restaurants, the food there is almost identical to what you would get in a resaurant in bangkok, (although considerably more expensive). I was in a Thai restaurant in Saudi arabia recently and the food was awful. It is very difficult for thais to come to saudi so all the restaurants are staffed by indonesians or philipinos. Until this situation changes there will never be good thai food here. As to having the thai government controlling the quality, the only people that can to that is the customers, if the food is bad either complain about it or go somewhere else. Don't expect someone else to do it for you.

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    Re: Thai Restaurants Abroad

    Quote Originally Posted by Mo View Post
    However, as there are seem to be Thai restaurant(s) everywhere, but hardly find any with a real quality.
    I guess there are many good ones, you just have to find them!

    One of the most authentic places I have been to here in London is the "Thai Room", with excellent food in a very nice athmosphere. They even adjust their recipes to adjust to the different tastes of Europeans and Asians if you wish... So no problem going there
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    Re: Thai Restaurants Abroad

    There are 3 Thai restaurants close to my house. They all serve a 'western' version of Thai food. My friends (not Thais) eat there and say that they like Thai food,.... but they have never been to Thailand! So how do they know?

    My wife and I use one of those restaurants quite often and we have got to know the Thai staff there very well. They chat to us in Thai and they encourage us to order everything in Thai to help us learn the language. They know that we like 'authentic' Thai food and they are always prepared to deviate from their 'standard' menu especially for us. That is exceptional Thai service! What more can we ask?
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    Re: Thai Restaurants Abroad

    here in Brisbane, Australia i find the thai takeaways to be quite expensive compared to other asian cusines and the quality is not that great or the authenicy. one thai takeaway even had broccili in there pad thai. i have however found one very good place not far from me, although its quite pricey, the food is nearly as good as in thailand and its run by 3 girls from Laos!!!! in china town in brisbane city there is a popular thai restaurant, but as mentioned in alot of the previous posts....its very westernised. I dont know too much about chinese food but i do know that they also have the same issues...they all cater for the western tongue. its very sad in a way because people end up actually believing that they love thai or chinese or vietnemese food when in all reality, they have never tryed it in its true form

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    Re: Thai Restaurants Abroad

    We had three Thai restaurants in the local city 20km away across the English border. I have been a number of times to one of them and really enjoyed the food, it was nearly as good as my wife cooks. First time I went I spoke a little Thai so they asked if I wanted my food 'Thai style'.

    I have just been to the city (Chester) today and to my dismay the restaurtant has changed hands and is called 'East Meets West', the cuisine is now a bit of everything from Italian pizza, Turkish keebabs, Chinese and Japanese.

    I tried another Thai restaurant a few doors away and whilst the people were very nice (all were from Roi Et) the food was very bland and I'm not sure anyone who has been to Thailand would recognise it as being Thai. But they were doing a brisk trade so it is obviously what the locals want...

    I'm in mind to try the third one next time but that could prove difficult as the Thai floor is upstairs, street level is a Japanese restaurant.

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    Re: Thai Restaurants Abroad

    Rarely to find authentic Thai food in Thai restaurant overseas, ingredients and shortage of qualified chef seem to be all time problem. Cost saving and convenience, many restaurants use substitute ingredients, frozen ones, recipe is changed, fresh vegetables in different places have different taste due to weather and soil, and these are important factors in making a flavor. Besides, chefs in many restaurants are not Thai and they’ve never eaten authentic Thai food before, how we expect them to cook Thai food well!!

    Also, the taste of Thai food in Thailand has been deviated from original recipe, it is not as good as I had when I was young (that’s quite very long time ago). Nowadays, they add too much sugar in main dish, it is not right for original recipe which it should be leaded by a bit of salty flavor or a balance/harmony in all flavors. MSG – monosodium glutamate seems to be a must in many restaurants, there is a joke, no msg, no delicious food . Anyway, with living lifestyle nowadays we cannot expect food from tidy and fine cooking as the old days

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    Re: Thai Restaurants Abroad

    I once had a dinner in a restaurant called 'Thai House' (if I remembered the name correctly) on my one trip to Las Vegas. The food there was excellent, almost like the one you can get here in Bangkok. Also, I had a chance to chat with the restaurant owners and learned a romantic story that led to the birth of this restaurant.
    The restaurant owners are a one nice couple. The husband is American and the wife is Thai. Before they get married, they used to work in one of the casinos there as card dealers. The wife usually brought her own packed lunch and shared it with the husband, who was her co-worker at that time. And that's how he developed his taste of Thai food, and also their relationship as well. Finally, they got married, quited working at the casino, and started their own little Thai restaurant.

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