There are two kinds of spicy at this Southeast Asian haven tucked inside a Coconut Grove Kwik Stop. The first is for the Americans who stop in to grab a container of shrimp pad see-ew for lunch. The second might be reserved for owners and Bangkok natives KT Mongkolthalang and her mother Toya. The pair stands behind a glass case stacked with cans of Mae Ploy coconut milk and amber bottles of fish sauce while tossing pearly-white strands of rice noodles in sizzling woks. They worked at a handful of Miami's Japanese/Thai joints before striking out on their own with delightful renditions of classics such as a spicy, fragrant panang curry. The orange-red sauce is rich with the earthy, citrusy flavor of lemongrass and not-to-sweet coconut milk. After one bite, sampling the rest of the menu will shoot to the top of your to-do list.
Gone are the days of pale imitations of authentic Thai cuisine. Though small in number, notable Thai spots have mastered the complex harmony of sweet, sour, spicy and salty – typically all in one dish – while Magic City's collective...
Homeless men mutter to themselves outside the Kwik Stop on Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove. Yet tucked inside the convenience store, KT Mongkolthalang and her mother, Toya, stand behind a glass case stacked high with cans of Mae Ploy ...
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