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San Diego Uptown News | June 10–23, 2011


Safe for tender tongues, pepper palates By Frank Sabatini Jr.

If your palate is easily injured by hot peppers, Thai Joint is a safe choice. Almost all dishes are a 3 on a heat scale of 10, although the ultra-cute eatery can also turn up the drama.

Vegetarians, carnivores, ten- der tongues and pepper palates alike will appreciate Thai Joints’ offerings—everything from mild Thai samosas (not much different than their Ethiopian and northern Indian cousins) to zesty Atlantic salmon dressed in chili-garlic sauce, meat-laden wok fries and curry dishes. There is also Thailand’s eminent green papaya salad, Som Tom, a feisty, high-flying level 7 with plenty of devilish red chilies lurking within its dazzling lime-peanut dressing. On the munchies list, the

aforementioned samosas hold whispers of Five Spice augment- ing mashed fillings of yellow-cur- ried potatoes, peas and carrots. A titillating Tabasco-soy sauce is served alongside. The casings are notably greaseless, and a plat- ter of eight costs only $4.99. The “Afro shrimp” appe- tizer is a showstopper, especially when the presentation passes through the quaint dining room that cozily embraces about 10 couples. (Tables can be pushed together for foursomes and larger groupings.) The dish includes six skewers sticking upright from a halved onion, each spearing a single shrimp wildly entangled in fried egg noodles. A clever sauce tasting of chilies and orange zest harmoniously heightens the stand-out flavor. Soups arrive in a metal moat

with a Sterno flame in the center. The Tom Kah variety comes with a choice of chicken, shrimp, veggies or tofu. We chose the latter, which was soft, luscious and as addictive as the fragrant, if thin, broth’s coconut milk, lemon grass and gingery galangal. My companion requested Thai chili sauce on the side to crank up the heat, and I didn’t protest. Until eating at Thai Joint, I’d never met a piece of mock duck that I liked. We ordered it with

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A San Diego Landmark Since 1944 Quality Home Cooking

Thai Joint 3381 Adams Ave. 92116 (Normal Heights)

(619) 228-2298

Prices: Appetizers, soups and salads $2.49 to $7.99; dinner entrées, $7.99 to $13.99

(top) Fresh, steamed broccoli encircles wok-fried chicken breast in garlic-pepper sauce. (bottom) “Afro Shrimp” is an elaborate appetizer featuring fried egg noodles spun around the seafood.


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