At Le Thai, Try Just One Dish That Isn't On The Menu
Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe, it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or stay away. Now, another installment in our Just One Dish series.
We have been fans of Le Thai's food ever since Daniel Coughlin brought his Fremont East gem to the hipsterhood in November 2011. His brisket/meatball soup has been lauded locally and, nationally, by Details magazine.
And, while it’s nearly impossible for us to nosh at LT without ordering noodles -- shrimp pad thai, spice level #3 is this writer's fave -- or the perfectly crisp pork jerky appetizer (we’d eat a belt buckle dipped in this amazing waterfall sauce), if we have chopsticks put to our head and had to opt for Just One Dish, we’ll take Dan’s Special, short rib fried rice for $12.50.
The mound of beefy goodness comes steaming hot from the kitchen. Studded with scrambled egg and succulent shredded short rib, the pale pile nearly fails the ‘eat with your eyes first’ axiom. But, grab your stix and dig in, and you’ll never think about
that cardboard crap at Panda Express fried rice the same way.
The dish is almost unctuous; but, in a good way. The fatty, tattered hunks of beef cling beautifully with the egg and slightly crunchy fried rice. A splash of Srirachi and a few pickled hot peppers from the condiment caddy, and this could be an entire meal. Inconsipcuously chalkboarded, Dan's Special isn’t on Le Thai's regular menu so don't look for it there. And, don’t confuse it with the often offered (terrific, also) pulled beef rice special. Just ask your server. And, thank us later.
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