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  1. I had a delicious DR dinner at House of Siam (I loved the larb) & tried a couple of times to meet a friend there for lunch-once they were closed on Mon. & the next time they were just closed, permanently. I saw that they had reopened as Thai Ghang Waan & decided to pick up lunch for my friend, who's moving cross country. I picked up larb & som tang, both very good, pad kha prow (I would have liked it hotter, but I didn't specifically ask for that), & pad lad na (wide noodles w/ broccoli & brown sauce)- I didn't try this, got it for those who like not-spicy, but I liked that they packed the noodles & sauce separately, so it wouldn't spill or get soggy. Fried rice was,well, fried rice -it was all good, average sized servings & pleasant fast service. It's not too close to me (I have several good options), but if I were in the area, I'd definitely try some more dishes.
  2. Just as well add Chutny to that list. Afghanistan food in the right rear corner of the shopping center across from Delia's. Hmm, sounds like it's time for a Springfield Food Tour..
  3. The new management of the Brookfield Plaza's longtime Korean restuarant Sahm Oh Jung (old thread) have renamed it Oh Bok Jung (website). The menu hasn't changed much, though there are fewer Korean-Chinese dishes, which were more-or-less their former specialty. The old sushi bar has been replaced with more seats, but a few Japanese cooked items remain on the menu. Otherwise the dining room got a mild facelift, new floor, no more handwritten signs. The food, overall, is about on a par with Sahm Oh Jung. This is solid Korean food holding its own in the multi-ethnic Brookfield Plaza area, where good food at good prices is the hallmark.
  4. (And as you already know, you can now add Ravi Kabob to this list.) A well-known chef recently sent me an email, urging me to try House of Siam. This was not an ordinary recommendation; it was something close to a rave - a cross between "you can't let this little mom-n-pop go under" and "this unknown secret could be your next Thai Square." I went tonight determined to fall in love with this place, and was almost desperately looking forward to rushing home and writing a glowing review. On the menu: 5. Hoi Jo ($6.50), Deep fried shrimp and crab roll served with sweet and sour sauce 8. Yum Nuar ($7.25), Grilled beef sliced, mixed in chili, onions, and lemon juice 23. Pad Prik Khing ($7.95), Stir-fried chicken with string bean and chili 48. Pad Phed Puck ($6.50), Stir-fried mixed vegetables with Thai curry 55. Duck Noodles Soup ($7.50), Noodles soup with sliced duck and bean sprouts 59. Pad Thai ($7.50), Spicy rice noodles stir-fried with pork, shrimp, egg, and bean sprouts Chang, Singha, $3.75 a bottle. Of all the dishes, nothing stood out; the Pad Thai may have been my favorite, and I thought it was merely good. Nevertheless, I'm happy to shine a light on House of Siam, mainly because it's a honest-to-goodness mon-n-pop with food cooked to order (mom), and genuinely caring, friendly service (pop). If I lived in Springfield, I'd consider it again, especially for weeknight carryout. Cheers, Rocks.
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