I am usually big on traveling far distance to find awesome food but I feel like I am beginning to neglect restaurants that are closer to home. I stay in downtown and I tend to forget how many good food is placed all around my location. Close to my place, there are Thai, Italian, and Indian restaurants but the one that I like the best is Cha-Am which is just walking distance away from my house. So is a lazy Tuesday and none of us wanted to cook for dinner, so we decided to pop over to Cha-Am for some authentic Thai food.
We ordered Tom Yam Gun, the famous Thai soup that is sour and clear which I actually prefer to more than the creamy western soups. Our second appetizer is a Popiah, and I really wanted to get this because I really miss the ones we have at home where they have thin slice radish, carrots, thin rice noodles roll around with rice wrappers. Tom Yam Gun was delicious and they are really generous with the shrimps. It was perfect for a cold summer day (San Francisco weather...*sigh*) Then the Popiah came and it caught me by surprise because it was fried where the ones at home are just fresh and soft. I was skeptical at first but it taste really good so I can't complain but it reminds me more of fried spring rolls *lol*
Our main course is of course Pad See Ew which is fried noodles with beef. Ok, from the picture above; this may not look like a healthy meal with all the delicious glistening oil slather upon those oh-so-delicious pale noodles (I am drooling). The only thing I could say is "Who cares!?" Thai food is not meant to be healthy; it is meant to be enjoyed by people who loved colliding flavors of salty, sweet and spicy. I really love Cha-am Pad See Ew and I can't wait to go back there and enjoy it again!