One of the restaurants to close during the pandemic was Bean Vegan Cuisine, located in a mall off Hendersonville Road in South Asheville. The Khao Thai Cuisine has settled in this space.
Khao Thai doesn’t have much of a digital presence at the moment, aside from a few online reviews. There is no website or even a Facebook page with menus.
If you are looking for take out, the process is traditional; you will have to call this one. Fortunately, a phone number is easily found on Google searches (and in this review). All that to say, make it easy on your second order and grab a menu when you pick up your first.
The pickup process is also a standard procedure. The biggest news is that I was able to get four dishes within my take-out budget cutoff of $ 25.
Yes, it’s true that one of those dishes was a side dish of steamed vegetables for $ 3.99. The steamed veggies were pretty heavy broccoli, but you’ll also find carrots, onions, a stray mushroom or two, a slice of bell pepper, and finally chunks of cabbage, which were quite difficult to eat. As long as you stick to the broccoli and carrot, you’ll be okay with that vegetarian side.
The $ 5 curry puffs are a much wiser expense. The crispy batter was filled with finely chopped chicken and lots of potatoes and onions with peanut and curry flavors. These are served with a spicy peanut curry sauce. If you often catch curry powder when cooking, you’ll love these sprouts. About the size of a small empanada, you’ll get a few per order.
The pan-seared gyoza rang for $ 5.45 and came six dumplings to an order. Each was stocked with chicken, pork, and veg, which we quickly wiped off the plate. The soy sauce that came with it was too sweet for me. If you prefer a bit of heat or more of a garlic and ginger profile, you might want to skip. If you like it sweet, you can’t get enough of it.
Khao Thai’s menu is designed to offer options. Apart from the two appetizers that I brought home, you will find eight more with them. The soups offer standards such as Tom Yum and Tom Kha. The salads bring you some offerings, including the Larb. Stir-fried noodle dishes, a few versions of fried rice, five curry dishes, several specialty dishes and 10 entrees complete the menu.
The main menu Pad Krapow was a lightly spiced stir-fry dish with lots of fresh basil, fresh chili, garlic, onions, and bell pepper. If you like the heat, be sure to ask for it. Although very tasty, it was sweet when ordered as is.
Almost all the dishes were solid in Khao Thai. It would be difficult to place an order without the curry puffs and I’m pretty sure my kid won’t let me forget it. If you live in South Asheville or the Arden area, put it on your shortlist for take out options. The menu has a lot to offer and aside from the steamed cabbage, I’ll find my way back for a few curries that I spotted on the menu.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO
Or: Khao Thai Cuisine, 2145 Hendersonville Road.
To order online: Unavailable.
Drinks Notes: Teas, coffee, soda.
Contactless withdrawal available? No.
Matthew DeRobertis is a chef, writer and father of a child who loves food more than his dog. Contact him at [email protected]