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Give Thai a try: Restaurants cater to tastes

Pad ThaiAlthough many people believe Thai food to be quite spicy, sometimes a bit of education is all it takes for those with mild taste buds to give Thai food a second chance.

There are a variety of Thai food restaurants in Tulsa, which offer authentic Thai food along with affordable prices.

Before giving Thai a second chance, there are some helpful hints to know about which foods will put a better taste in your mouth even before you walk in the door.

Thai food varies from region to region; there are similarities between all Thai food.

Across the world, Thai food is often cooked with the same basic ingredients such as garlic, chilies, limejuice, lemon grass and fermented fish sauce or shrimp paste, which makes the food salty.

Rice is the staple food in Thailand and is usually eaten with every meal, along with soups, curries, fried vegetables and nam prik.

This tradition carried over to the United States, as rice is served with the majority of the dishes in Thai restaurants.

Many people assume Thai food means spicy food and yet, Thai food can be catered to each individual’s preference.

At most of the Thai restaurants in Tulsa, there is the option of asking for a dish to be made mild, somewhat mild or spicy.

At Lanna Thai most dishes can be made spicy on a range of 0 to 5 stars. Dishes marked with an * are already spicy. Simply by reducing the amount of chilies or increasing the amount of lime juice, chefs are able to lower the heat on certain dishes.

Oftentimes, simply by knowing a few basic Thai words, the menu will not seem as overwhelming.

For example, the Thai word “kang” means curry, so expect curry in any dish that has the word “kang” in it. “Tom” means soups in Thai, so a dish called Tom Kha Gai is simply coconut chicken soup.

Senior ORU student Rebecca Butcher not only enjoys eating out at Thai restaurants, but also making her own Thai food, specifically Pad Thai.

“Thai food is delicious, but even better when you make it yourself,” Butcher said. “I love the spice in Thai food, but Thai food doesn’t have to be spicy if you don’t like spice.”

Whether you enjoy mild or spicy food, Thai food in Tulsa can cater to your needs, you just need to know what to ask for.

‘SHER’ BITS

Thai Restaurants

Lanna Thai

Location: 7227 S. Memorial Drive

Lunch hours: Mon-Fri: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Sat-Sun: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Thai Village

Location: 8102 S. Lewis Ave.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday: Noon – 10 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 9 p.m.

Bamboo Thai

Location: 5079 S. Yale Ave.

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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