Oishi Thai: Chef Bee Is Happy

But it might also sound familiar.

The salad was once proffered at Khong. At the South Beach hub, browned cubes were soaked in an astringent red-chili vinegar dressing. The tofu smothered ribbons of red onion and peppers with crushed peanuts and Technicolor cherry tomatoes. At $13, it was an explosion of flavors and hues — all stacked upon a cool, emerald plate.

And, in a sense, the dish provides a metaphor for the restaurants. Both have served fried tofu salad. But their versions have distinct differences and lure divergent crowds.

Oishi Thai's tofu salad
Oishi Thai's tofu salad

Location Info


Oishi Thai

14841 Biscayne Blvd.
North Miami, FL 33181

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: North Miami


Oishi Thai

786-360-5570; oishithai.com

Lunch Monday through Friday noon to 3 p.m.; dinner daily 5 to 11 p.m.

Tofu salad $7.95
Pad kee mao with shrimp $17.95
Duck red curry $24.95
Deep-fried whole fish $35.95
Sweet sticky rice with mango $11.95

Perhaps that explains why Chef Bee looks so unfazed this evening. The busy chef seems pleased with his noncorporate gig — serving pad thai, wandering from table to table, and muttering his now-favored phrase to friends: "It's not my recipe. It's not [50 Eggs'] recipe. You cannot claim to own Thai food."

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