What’s Good: Tuk Tuk
Editor’s Note: We welcome a guest blogger to What’s Good today – Hope Lennox, who was one of our 20 Under 20 honorees in 2009 and started her own business, Awesome Animals, to raise money for the Atlanta Humane Society. At age 12, she’s already a foodie, too.
By Hope Lennox
Tuk Tuk is a fabulous Thai restaurant at 1745 Peachtree Road. They call this type of Thai cuisine, “Gourmet Street Food” and it is a great place to have brunch. All of the dishes served at Tuk Tuk are the kinds of food you would find on the streets of Thailand while riding in a tuk tuk, the Thai word for taxi.
The room has a cool beat playing in the background. At each table there is one chair embroidered in three bright colors. They have two projection screens with a slideshow of pictures of Thailand. On one wall, there are recycled aluminum boxes filled with colorful candies and biscuits. The manager told me that when children would walk to school, there would be these boxes with the food inside. The children would buy some of the treats to eat on the way to school.
For my drink, I ordered Thai Tea, which is a blossom tea with a beautiful red color. Then, it is topped with evaporated milk, which has a smooth, creamy taste. You stir the two together, and immediately the red and white liquids turn into a bright orange. It has a creamy and saccharine taste.
The first dish we ordered was called Neau Sawan. It is a Northeastern Thai beef jerky. It was very dry, but when it is paired with sticky rice, it is the ultimate appetizer! The jerky was very chewy and had a satisfying taste. This dish is one of my favorites at this restaurant!
We had a noodle dish called Ba Mee Moo Dang. It was BBQ pork paired with thin egg noodles, yu choy, scallions, crushed peanuts, and cilantro. The BBQ pork was extremely spicy but not too overpowering. The presentation was very attractive.
Khew Whan Kung was our next dish. It is a main course and consists of rice, green curry, shrimp, basil, eggplant, green beans, and a hard boiled egg. The curry and the shrimp had an amazing taste. The rice was in the shape of a bunt cake and was drizzled with green curry. As soon as you bite into the shrimp, your tongue tingles from the flavorful curry.
We ordered one more main dish called Prik King Kai. It also had the bunt cake rice. There was red curry, chicken, green beans, and kaffir lime. The chicken was so tender and juicy. The red curry had a nice smoky aftertaste.
The manager gave us an appetizer on the house and it was called Sai Krog Isan. It is Northeastern Thai pork sausage, red curry kaffir lime sausage from Southern Thailand, and jasmine rice. It was not my favorite dish that day. The best sausage in that dish was the red curry kaffir lime sausage. It had more flavor than the Northeastern one.
It was now time for dessert. The manger invited me into the kitchen to make a Thai snow cone. There was a huge machine painted blue. There was a drill connected to the machine. They had a block of ice that the drill would go through to hold the ice in place. You would then turn the handle, which made the drill spin. Then the ice would turn. There was a razor blade under the ice. When the ice scraped over the blade it would make shaved ice.
Before I started shaving the ice, I put many different foods in the bowl. There were red beans, sweet potatoes, jack fruit, taro, and lotus seeds that sat under the ice. Then the ice was topped with condensed milk, strawberry syrup, and milk. When my spoon dug into the ice, it was as light as snow. It tasted sweet and fruity. The flavors were amazing together!
The entire meal was fantastic! I highly recommend this restaurant when you are searching for an authentic and delicious Thai meal. www.tuktukatl.com