Today’s lunch was the Chicken Pad Thai from the new Thai Street Food Cart on 51st and 6th ave. Since the cart first came to midtown a few weeks ago, I’ve gotten to know the owner, Jay, pretty well. One of my favorite things about the cart is that they leave individually packaged containers of hot sauce by the pickup window, so it’s easy to regulate how spicy you want your meal to be.
The Pad Thai was packed with a decent amount of chicken, cut in large chunks. It also came with crushed peanuts, scallions, bean sprouts, eggs and possibly some cucumber (I ate it too quickly to be sure). The Pad Thai was flavorful enough on its own, but with some hot sauce mixed in it quickly reached a new level. The Thai Cart takes its time to prepare all of its dishes, which definitely shows in the taste. It’s easy to tell that the ingredients in the Pad Thai weren’t pre-mixed, with each separate item having its own texture and crunch, and the rice noodles soft and well cooked.
My only complaints about the food would be that for $6 the portions aren’t exactly huge compared to the average chicken and rice vendor. But for Thai food from a cart, the portions were adequate and the taste was definitely restaurant quality. I’ll be going back soon to try their appetizer rolls and maybe even their mock duck.
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