Lung Yai Thai Tapas
By Lucy Scannone
Thai food has a particular characteristic. It uses the same gastronomic elements that Venezuelans are accustomed to coriander, coconut, papaya, rice, banana, lemon, peanuts, chili. Maybe, we are in the same line of longitude. The only thing that varies is how we combine the elements when preparing them, which makes the results quite different.
At Eighth Street, there is a tiny Thai tapas restaurant. It can captivate your attention and make you live a sensory gastronomic experience. The first is to arrive early and hungry. You get in a single bar with many guests who will encourage you to select all the dishes. Smells are part of the encounter and as the dance of the chef and kitchen assistants who are the best view at the moment of choosing.
The order has to be one. You can not make a reorder. We recommend the green papaya salad SOM TAM to refresh and cleanse the palate. Then the soups, noodles, and rice. It will be difficult to choose between green and red curry, all combined as the consumer prefers, either with pork, beef, chicken, tofu or shrimp and mixed vegetables.
The journey continues, and the menu offers endless possibilities. You can crown with a KHAO SOY GAI, fresh egg noodles sauteed with curry, onions, meat or chicken in crispy version, or an exquisite TOM KHA, soup of coconut milk with chicken, lemon juice, flavored mushrooms with a variety of herbs. All this coupled with good Japanese beer or a glass of wine of your choice.
For lovers of Thai cuisine, the secret is to combine the four universal flavors: sweet, salty, sour and bitter, in a single dish. This in such a delicate proportion that none of the four elements exceeds above the other, but the fusion of the four flavors create a channel that leads our palate to the long-awaited glory. The issue of spiciness can be tricky.It is impossible to eat a Thai dish without undergoing the perverse pleasures of pepper. If you do not eat a minimum of spicy, my recommendation is return and cook at home. Every culture has an impressive magic. Echo globalization, let yourself be carried away by this little Thai place in the heart of Little Havana.