Lamoreaux lived near Chiang Mai and Bangkok, so she’s experienced Thai food from north to south. And she says she’s only found one restaurant in America that has come close to replicating the flavors she’s been searching for since leaving Thailand. Rod Dee Thai Cuisine, which has multiple locations in the Boston area, knows how to deliver that perfect balance of sour, salty and sweet.
Lamoreaux says two of her favorite dishes in particular, som tam and tom yum, just don’t taste the same in America. She thinks som tam, green papaya salad, is too light on dried shrimp, fish sauce and Thai chilis in America. And tom yum, a hot and sour soup with shrimp, often doesn’t include fresh lemongrass, a must-have ingredient in Thailand.
“I always try to order them because they’re two of the most popular dishes in Thailand, so you’d think they’d make them more here, but they change it up when the customer base is American,” Lamoreaux laments.
In short: The best Thai food can only be found in one place. Thailand. So book your ticket now.