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Thai Cuisine in Our Towns
I am from Thailand and I always in search of almost authentic Thai food where I live. I am also grateful that Thai cuisine has been well received by the locals here, possibly due to the strong tastes, spices and the oriental feel of it. No matter what reason which has made Thai food popular, here are my top three recommended Thai restaurants. However, I have not had a chance to try the food of all the Thai restaurants here, those I do not mentioned here do not mean their food are not good. And I hope to try their food in the near future.
Auburn Thai Garden: Located on Grass Valley Highway, their menu is extensive and the taste of their dishes are one of the most authentic Thai cuisine I have found. The owner and the staff are kind and helpful. So that's a big plus. I love, love, love their Kao Pad Ka Prao (Stirred Fried Sweet Basil with your choice of veggies or protein), Kao Pad Sapoparod (Pineapple Fried Rice), and Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Spicy Noodle). Be there early as it gets crowded everyday.
Pin To Thai: (Pin To = tiffin carrier) Located in Roseville, this restaurant offers very authentic Thai dishes, with several rare-fine options unavailable elsewhere. I love their Kang Panang (Red Curry) and Som Tum (Papaya Salad). The setting is peaceful and relaxing, too.
Khun Suda Thai: Another very authentic Thai cuisine in Roseville, with one of the friendliest owners and staffs. Their several Larb dishes (Spicy Salad) are mouthwatering. Don't forget to try their stirred fried noodle dishes, too.
Royal Thai: Located in (New) Downtown Auburn, I love this restaurant because there is a patio area for us to sit and enjoy the food outdoors. Their menu is extensive and to my surprise, they offer variety of dishes I never found at any Thai restaurant outside Thailand. Don't miss their Kang Roti (Curry with Roti), Kang Masman (Yellow Curry) and their to-die-for Pad See Eiw.
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