One of the great additions to our international cuisine is the cookery of Thailand, similar in some ways to other Asian cooking, but, so distinctive.  Spicy Thai Restaurant is one of those great dining experiences in the Antelope Valley. 

Last week I was craving Thai food, so I called my dear friend Pam to join me for lunch. She has been my lunch buddy over the years and I know how much she loves Thai food, so she was the perfect lunch date. 

As we walked through the door, we were greeted with an amazing aroma of Thai spices. It was quite busy, so we grabbed a table in the front and sat down. The server came over and brought menus and asked for our drink order. There was quite a selection — from Thai iced tea with or without boba (tapioca pearls), Thai iced coffee, regular iced tea, hot tea or coffee and numerous flavored sodas. Pam ordered Thai iced tea, while I chose hot jasmine tea. Thai iced tea is a very icy, sweet and delicious tea with milk rounding out the flavor. It’s very cool and refreshing, almost like a dessert drink and I might say, unforgettable.

We wanted to try a few appetizers like mama shrimp, which is delicious, large, whole, seasoned shrimp wrapped in a crispy noodle nest, served with sweet and sour sauce. It’s unique, fun and very tasty. We also tried the fried vegetarian egg rolls stuffed with mixed veggies. They were crunchy and delicious and the third was cucumber salad with cilantro, carrots and red onion, which was sweet and crisp.

Since it was an extremely cold day, I thought soup sounded good. There are a few different soups on the menu and we chose the tom kha (coconut soup with mushrooms, onions and choice of meat. Shrimp was our choice). It’s one of Thailand’s most popular soups and is full of amazing Thai ingredients like lemongrass, lime, ginger and galangal root (similar to ginger only earthy, sharp and extra citrusy). The presentation of this soup is beautiful. It’s full of bright colored vegetables in an open-style pot that is lit from underneath to keep it warm. The broth is rich, fragrant and perfect on a cold winter day.

While we were enjoying our shrimp and soup, we started looking at the menu and noticed there was a lunch special served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for $7.95, with steamed rice, soup, green salad and a dumpling. 

You have your choice of chicken, beef, pork or tofu — substitute shrimp or squid for $1 more and substitute fried rice or brown rice for $1 more. The entrée choices were red curry, yellow curry, ka-pow (spicy Thai basil), mixed vegetable, garlic and black pepper, ginger and onion, broccoli with oyster sauce, chili garlic and mint leaves, cashew nut and dried chili, kung pao, sweet and sour, baby corn and mushroom and orange chicken. 

We chose the yellow curry with chicken, which was an ultimate pleaser for the taste buds. It was large pieces of tender chicken and golden potatoes (which I might add, were cooked perfectly), smothered in a sweet yellow curry paste, onions, peas and carrots cooked to the perfect consistency. What an aroma. This particular dish is my ultimate favorite as it is slightly sweet and has the most amazing flavor. I couldn’t wait to dig in, but first I had to share some with my dining partner. We each spooned a nice layer of the creamy curry over the steamed rice — perfection at its finest. The side salad was quite tasty with a very delicious and flavorful Thai salad dressing. It was cool, crunchy and yummy. 

We also ordered shrimp pad Thai (stir-fried shrimp in pad Thai sauce with thin, flat Thai rice noodles, green onions, egg, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts). The bean sprouts gave the entire dish a cool, fresh crunch. The tender stir fried rice noodles had the perfect balance of sweet and salty and made for an awesome flavor, which blended so well together and were absolutely delicious.

As you all know by now, I always try to end my meal on a sweet note and today was no different. Spicy Thai has a very nice dessert menu, from coconut ice cream and fried banana to sweet sticky rice and mango. I really enjoy the flavor of mango, so mango sticky rice it was! The mango had the perfect texture and sweetness and was slightly warm. The sweet sticky rice was sweetened with coconut milk and sugar, with sesame seeds on top. The mixture of mango and rice created a sweet dance in my mouth and was absolutely fabulous. 

Spicy Thai was a really good choice for lunch. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be back. Since the food was so delicious at lunch, I bet the dinner experience would be just as good or maybe better. They offer a wide range of dishes sure to please any palate, from traditional, authentic Thai dishes to different,  unique items like shrimp in a blanket, crab angels, roasted duck over rice, catfish curry, salmon salad, Thai sausage fried rice, spaghetti and several others.

You will find Spicy Thai located at 43757 15th Street West in the HDMG center in Lancaster, 661-723-0906. Check out the complete menu at www.spicythailancaster.com

They are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday; and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Bon appetit! 

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