Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Chang Thai & Asian Cuisine

9830 Hwy 107, Sherwood, AR 72120

The foods of southeast Asia are amazing blends of flavors and tend towards the top of my lists perennially. But in Arkansas you don't find a lot of places to get it. The one Thai restaurant in Jacksonville has a buffet so tamed down for the American palate that it is hard to tell from a regular "Chinese" buffet that seem to be on every corner. And I was a little disappointed in the dishes I get ala carte. Of course there's the great little secret about AP's up there too, the Thai food is a side line and not always available. It's probably the best I've found, but sometimes is spicy to the point of painful.

So, I did a double take when we were driving down 107 last Saturday and I caught a glimpse of "Thai and Asian..." on a small storefront in a tiny strip mall. I promised myself that I would go back at my first opportunity. When I walked in the door, I was immediately confronted with a buffet. My heart sank a little, I admit. But the place looked extremely clean, bright and the staff was immediately friendly. I placed a drink order and grabbed a plate.

I'm glad to say, this isn't just another one of those all you can eat places. Don't get me wrong, you can eat as much as you want. But the dishes are familiar Thai dishes and are very well prepared and fresh. I didn't see my old standby, green curry, but it's available on the menu. There was Pad Kapraow, though, which you don't run across too often. It had been toned down to a medium heat so as not to offend the Sherwood sensibilities, but had that wonderful, recognizable flavor. There were shrimp in chili paste (delicious) and Pad Thai noodles and the ubiquitous fried spring rolls and chicken wings. But all in all, a delightful buffet.

I definitely want to delve into the menu a bit, too. Meing Kham sounded really good and I don't want to wait too long to try the Pla Sam Rod (three flavored fish!). And of course the soups will get special attention over time. I didn't see a noodle soup on the menu, but they're bound to have it. I guess I need to ask...

Thumbs up on this one. It's going onto the regular rotation.


At 12:15 PM , Blogger Mason said...

The night I ate the dinner buffet they had green curry. It was pretty good, but I wish they had my favorite, yellow curry. I look forward to trying the Pad Thai and Tom Kha soup.

At 6:09 PM , Anonymous Lynley said...

Skip the buffet and order from the menu! I have tried the larb, the green and red curries, and several appetizers. They were all delicious and when ordering from the menu you can get them as hot as you prefer. I am so glad Little Rock finally has a place of this caliber nearby. The menu items are all heavy on fresh mint, cilantro, and basil, which I love.

Spread the word! Let's help this place stay in business.

At 2:11 AM , Blogger auang doi said...

i wanna try all of your menu.


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