Panang Red Curry Chicken ($9.99).

Nokham Thai
747 Richmond St.

Price range: $
Rating: ***1/2

In a small strip-mall sits a humble but brag-worthy Thai restaurant. Nokham Thai has been around for years, serving Asian cuisine in its simple dining room where tables are covered with blue cloths topped by bamboo place mats.

The lunch specials came with the standard hot and sour soup, but this one was exceptionally tasty. It was brightened with cilantro and left me sniffling from the spice long after my last sip.

One misstep from the kitchen was the chicken and vegetable spring rolls. They tasted old and bland without much crunch, although the sweet fruity sauce helped camouflage this blunder.

My main was served in a beautiful hot pot. The Panang Red Curry Chicken was moderately spiced and laced with coconut creaminess and peanut crunch. The dish was packed with flavour and balanced by some heat. The jasmine rice on the side was moist.

The quality of the food, the presentation, and the friendly ambiance all contributed to a pleasurable lunch experience. I will visit often.  

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