Thai City: a taste of thailand.

Cashew Nut lunch special at Thai City

Cashew Nut lunch special at Thai City

Over the past summer my coworkers and I have been visiting this restaurant near our work place. Perfect since its not too far from work, has reasonable prices (inparticular the lunch specials that go for $6.50), never overcrowded (though never empty either), and has some very delectable and almost authentic thai cuisine.

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Only thing missing here are the fishes and Turtles!

Only thing missing here are the fishes and Turtles!

This business is located on the very busy street of Huntington blvd in duarte, surrounded by residents and a few businesses. the parking lot in the back is usually full during the lunch rush, but street parking is ALways available for your convience. The first thing you notice upon walking thru the wooden arches is the small little pond with the squirting water on your right, surrounding by a small rock formations and bits and pieces of flowers and shrubbery. Very nice and somewhat tranquil, though if i had my choice, i would of opted for perhaps a flowing waterfall and maybe some fishes in the pond!

Traditional Thai style? maybe. Old? fo'sure!

Traditional Thai style? maybe. Old? fo'sure!

Entering the restaurant you will find a business partitioned into two rooms, each inlaid mainly with dark wooden panels and fixtures meant to inspire the more rustic traditional thailand architecture, also effectively utizilizing the large windows to allow real sunlight to brighten the room rather than artificial light.

Hey have a great lunch menu, which runs for $6.50 and includes soup, two fried wonton pieces, salad, and white steamed rice with your entre.

These photos are compliations of all the times i’ve been to thai city and remembered to take pictures.

Sorry, I don't recall the name of this dish

Sorry, I don't recall the name of this dish

Though i don’t recall the name of this dish, it came from the lunch special section. Obviously, It has something to do with chicken and i beleive the diner said it was reasonalbly decent, earning itself a 3 outta 5.

Shrimp appetizers

Shrimp appetizers

Anything fried is good, and these were no exception! crispy wonton wrapped around shrimp and deepfried.

Very yummy.

Very yummy.

Curry

Curry

Very good curry. We had these multiple times and everytime we go, someone in our party always always orders this dish. Though often times its a hit or miss for people (THey complain that it either has too much coconut milk or not enough), but often i find it really just depends on the individual curry tastebuds of the eater. Spicyness can be adjusted to your liking by telling the waitress. One coworker who shall remain namless, (though she’s mexican so you know she can eat spicy) ordered it spicy, and lets just say she coudn’t finish her curry, hehehe. i thought she was almost in tears at the end. lol. thats spicy!

stuffed chicken

stuffed chicken

stuffed chicken part 2

stuffed chicken part 2

Sorry for the last couple of horrible pictures. i’m still not a very good photographer. But perhaps these blurry pictures is a metaphor for the actual taste of this stuffed chicken. i managed to taste some of it and too my dissapointment found the meat to be on the dry side. the noodles and meat failed to compliment each other and too be honest, i found it rather disconcerting that after all that mushing and mashing of all the different ingredients, that they would remold it back into the shape of a drumstick and chicken wing. Say thats UNNATURAL…

Pad-see-ew. SCORE!

Pad-see-ew. SCORE!

Pad-see-ew, a staple of the americanzied thai appetite, comes in the the form of thick noodles with beef and broccoli with a nice portion of sauteed garlic all wok fried into one dish. I managed to get a taste of this the first time around and the 2nd time around, ordered a dish for myself. This dish itself is a true winner. the noodles were moist yet firm, the beef was tender and moist and offered a nice complimentary flavoring to the broccoli. Combine this with all the diced pan-fried garlic and it made it for a wonderful lunch. Unfortunetly, this is not part of the lunch time special so u’ll have to pay the full $7.95 for it. still way worth it.

Lunch special - Cashew nuts with chicken

Lunch special - Cashew nuts with chicken

Lunch special - Orange chicken - YUMMY!

Lunch special - Orange chicken - YUMMY!

I think i’ve ordered the orange chicken the last three times i’ve been here. So, i know that being a food bloggie, i should be trying as many different dishes as possible, but this orange chicken is THAT freaking GOOD. i bet they make it to order right here and then, cuz each time i get it, the chicken is always nice and tender, and the outside fried batter is always cripsy. ONly complaint i have with this dish is the proportion of batter to chicken is a little on the high side. you tend to taste more batter than chicken which may not always be a good thing. Luckily i like me’s some fried stuff, so the high ratio of fried batter wasn’t all that bad. The highlight of this dish is definitely the orange sweet and sour sauce, which absolutely for anyone that has a sweet tooth. You can also try this viscousy syrup with the wontons that come with the lunch specials (its hidden underneath the wontons).

Oh, i guess i forgot to mention that the salad that comes with the lunch special is your standard fare of iceberg lettuce with some sliced up carrots etc. the sauce on the salad is pretty good. very nice and refreshing.

Lunch Special Menu

Lunch Special Menu

Thai City

4 outta 5

2414 Huntington Dr
Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 303-2736

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