Thursday, June 4, 2015
EAT: THAI SOUP IN EAST HARLEM
The fried crab was an additional cost but we thought it might be a nice touch but would recommend having the salad as is since the marinade is very strong in the first place with fish sauce. Overall the papaya was fresh and delicious in a huge portion that would be easy to share with 2 people. As far as the fried crab goes, it did not have much of a coating on it so it was not as crispy as we would have imagined it to be. Definitely order this salad but save a few dollars by not adding on the extras.
Next came the noodle soup which had the noodle addition looking very green for some reason and it turned out they gave us the regular curry entree that usually comes with rice with an option to switch to pasta. We had pointed to the noodle soup on the paper menu but somehow there was a bit of confusion. The curry itself was nice and the shrimp super fresh but the noodles were a little off putting because they actually were spinach fettucine of which the staff mentioned that they use since some Americans were not used to rice noodles. We are quite an ethnic bunch at HB so this was also confusing to see why this would happen just if one were to make a stereotypical judgement call.
This was probably one of the more confusing exchanges that we have had at a restaurant in recent years but nevertheless would recommend the food. The main caveat here is to state that one either wants the soup or the entree and be specific that rice noodles are desired. Too many authentic establishments try to westernize their menu for a few picky eaters but our opinion on the matter is that if we wanted European pasta, we would head to an Italian spot and not an Asian option.
On a side note, Thai Soup has mostly a delivery business and only delivers east of 5th Avenue up to 128th Street. Tel: (917) 475-1656