Today is incredibly rainy and wet in NYC. While every day is a Seamless day here at HQ, today is especially perfect for Seamless delivery. Craving something comforting, warm, and filling (extra hungry today!) I sorted my delivery options by Thai food. I really wanted to find a delicious and good Thai lunch deal. Knowing some flavorful noodles would do the trick to comfort my cold soul and satisfy my Wednesday hunger.
After sorting by delivery time, I decided upon Pure Thai Cookhouse. The spot is well known in the Hell’s Kitchen area as a great Thai spot and I was excited to try it on my own. My eyes went straight to the noodle section. I decided to order the popular Ratchaburi Crab and Pork Noodles with egg noodles and an extra topping of pork crackling (because when pork crackling is an option, duh). And because I was super duper hungry, I got two starters – Steamed Veggie Dumplings and Chicken Curry Puffs. Let’s see how it tasted…
I awaited for my meal hungrily. Unfortunately on such a rainy day, restaurants do get backed up as they make a lot of lunch deliveries. While I was waiting for my food, my hunger kept growing. By the time my food arrived (70 minutes after confirmation), my stomach had nearly eaten itself. I was very close to giving my delivery guy a hug when he did show up on the 15th floor.
So the food. I first dug right into the veggie dumplings. The shiny green dumpling dough was beautiful and made the appetizer quite appealing to the eye. However, I was disappointed when I discovered that their taste did not match their outward appearance. The filling is made with peanut, tofu, spinach and garlic chip. I wasn’t quite prepared for or expecting the overwhelming peanut flavor from a veggie dumpling, and the peanut consistency with the mushy tofu filling wasn’t such a pleasant texture.The accompanying ginger soy sauce a super concentrated soy that left a bitter taste on the tongue. I love a good dumpling, but this was not my favorite.
Next I jumped right into the curry puffs. As a general life rule, I don’t love curry, so this order was a real risk. But this was a risk that paid off in the end! The puffs were like mini empanadas with a flaky but chewy dough filled with a subtle curry filling with caramelized chicken, onion and sweet potato. The dipping sauce was a vinegary cucumber concoction that perfectly balanced the heavier dumpling. This is an automatic re-order and a favorite.
By this time I was more than ready for the main event – the Ratchaburi Noodles. Described as handmade egg noodles, roast pork, lump crab meat, yu choy and scallion, I figured I was in for a treat! When I ordered the noodles I opted for a dry noodle to get them without broth. Upon dining however, I knew that that I had made a mistake. I love a good noodle soup, and I failed to take action on it. These noodles were a bit too dry and could have used the extra moisture and flavor. The crab and pork worked beautifully together. Although perhaps crab is a risky move for the office (others around you may not enjoy the aroma). Overall the dish was fine, but I believe it could have been better. Perhaps in a broth!
All in all, Pure Thai Cookhouse is a solid lunch option. Be prepared to try new things and test around. Next time perhaps I’ll stick with a few Thai standbys or go for some noodle soups!