PARSIPPANY – Unfortunately, although I had the opportunity to visit various parts of Asia in my youth, I never had the pleasure of visiting Thailand. I love Thai food and it would have been great to experience one of their outdoor food vendors, storefront or restaurants on the waterway, or even try a restaurant upscale Bangkok. I might not have been able to make it to Thailand, but I can still enjoy a real sense of Thai culture, as well as some of their authentic cuisine here in Parsippany.
Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen, located among a series of storefronts in a small mall on New Road at the intersection of Route 46 East, one of Parsippany’s newest additions, held its opening last September and its official opening on October 25. Previously, Hwang Bu Ja, a Korean restaurant had occupied the premises. The exterior doesn’t stand out from the other similar glass-fronted restaurants and shops that line the Strip, but upon entering you come across a small but cozy interior, with wooden tables comfortably seated, in a well-lit and bright area. sparkling cleanliness. , warm and relaxed atmosphere.
The warm interior is carefully complemented with a calming color palette, simple decor (more to come), soft recessed lighting, and relaxing music in the background. I should mention that there is limited and free off road parking at the location, and there are also spaces on the side of the mall that should be able to meet your needs.
I arrived with a small group of friends and we immediately felt at home. Our server / manager, Tau, could not have been more cordial or welcoming. The service was prompt, attentive and efficient. Water, menus and cutlery arrived quickly (interestingly, Thai cutlery usually consists of a fork and a large spoon. The spoon is held in the right hand and used in place of a knife. , and the fork helps organize the food on the spoon before bringing it to your mouth. Since all the ingredients for the dishes are already cut, there’s no need for a knife – of course you can always use chopsticks) , and we started to think about many enticing choices. The menu was extensive enough to suit individual tastes, so we were off to a good start. This is a BYOB so I brought some LEO Thai beer which complemented my dishes perfectly.
Internationally renowned Thai chef and company president Punsak Puncharoen, known professionally as Chef Oudy, visited us at our table and was kind enough to share his story with me. The gracious and courteous chef, who assured me that the Thai food at Siam Heritage is truly authentic and is of the same food and quality that one would find in Bangkok, started his culinary journey at the age of ten years when he was sent to live in a temple. learn kae sa luk, the art of fruit and vegetable carving. Thai cuisine is known for its artistic and beautiful presentation of food. Kae sa luk, which dates from the 14th century, requires extreme dedication to learn how to carve food in a perfect and intricate way, as was done primarily for royal families. This humble beginning began his journey and his love of food, and he eventually gained a reputation recognized by the current royal family of Thailand. Chef Oudy, who arrived in the United States in 1990, with three partners, oversees seven sites across the United States (one in Union) and three others internationally, under the name of Noodlefan Thai. We are fortunate to have one of its world class restaurants right here in Parsippany.
Our group started by sharing several aperitifs; Thai spring rolls (pia tod paw), deep fried thin wraps, filled with carrots, cabbage and bean noodles, fried to perfection and served with a sweet and sour sauce; Shumai, minced shrimp and ground chicken wrapped in wonton wrappers and steamed until tender and chewy and served with soy dressing; Curry soufflÃ©s, puff pastry filled with curried chicken, caramelized onions, diced potatoes and served with cucumber relish on the side; and Wings, marinated fried chicken wings coated in enough honey sweet chili sauce to stimulate your taste buds.
The entrees were quite satisfactory, but being fans of Thai food, we looked forward to our entrees. My friend Mike F started his meal with a small serving of Tom Yom soup. Little he was not! A generous serving of Thailand’s most famous soup, a light, spicy / sour soup simmered with mushrooms, galangal, lemongrass, onions, cilantro and lime juice. He got a serious boost from Mike.
I settled on the Crying Tiger à¹à¸ªà¸·à¸ à¸£à¹à¸à¸à¹à¸«à¹ (seua rong hai); Grilled marinated beef steak (flank steak) served with tamarind chili sauce. The steak was cooked to perfection as ordered, and the presentation was beautiful, it was soft, juicy and tasty. The steak came on a bed of lettuce and shredded carrots, and the Jaew sauce (on the side) was a spicy, flavorful, tangy, aromatic, and tangy sauce that really made the steak pop. The exquisite dish that I would take again with pleasure. Take note that Thai food, although known to be spicy, doesn’t have to be. There are many sweet and savory alternatives. Your server can help you with your decisions if you are new to this kitchen. Personally, I like very spicy food, but I ordered my meal “spicy” as it was my first time at this restaurant. He definitely got a slight kick, but next time I’ll go with the “X-spicy”. This restaurant offers your meal with No Chile, Mild, Spicy, X Spicy and Thai Spicy. Don’t go with the Thai Spicy unless you know you can really handle fiery hot dishes.
My friend Mike Z ordered the Asian Eggplant with Seafood (à¸¡à¸°à¹à¸à¸·à¸ à¸¢à¸²à¸§ à¸à¸±à¸ à¸à¸£à¸´à¸ à¹à¸à¸²). A wonderful dish of Asian eggplant, garlic, onions, chilies, basil and peppers, mixed and cooked in a special tangy homemade soy sauce. Bob, went with the Spicy Goat Cumin, a goat stew with red and green peppers, garlic and fried chilies, with a cumin sauce; and finally, Mike, the guy from Tom Yom, had crispy salmon strips on pad thai (“à¸à¸±à¸ à¹à¸à¸¢”), with rice noodles sautÃ©ed in a pad thai sauce with eggs, dried tofu, soy and green onions, and served with a Thai sauce, lime and peanuts on the side. Each meal was accompanied by a side dish of rice of your choice. Everyone raved about their individual dishes, the consensus was that everything was delicious and this restaurant is definitely worth another visit in the near future.
To top it off, the house offered us a mango and sticky rice dessert. I love mangoes and love sticky rice so I think there is nothing more to say. I would tell someone who is unfamiliar that Thai food is like an exotic version of Chinese food. The two kitchens are similar in many ways. Indulge your palate and try Thai, with its variety of dishes filled with thick noodles, fresh vegetables, chicken, lamb, goat, shrimp and beef, all of which can be sweet, savory, spicy or sour, I think you’ll be glad you did.
Closed Mondays – Cooking break 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dinner on site – Take away. Catering services available – BYOB – Delivery – Off road parking.
Siam Heritage Thai Kitchen is located at 65 New Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054. (973) 310-9127.