Food Porn: King & I

In celebration of Buffalo Eats friend and former writer Mike moving to New York City, a group of six of us met up for a big meal at Amherst’s own King & I.  We thought long and hard about what type of food and where to go for our big meal and we settled on Thai (it’s been awhile) and we already had grabbed a gift certificate form our favorite website Restaurant.com.   It was a really good time, we enjoyed several bottles of Singha (a beer brewed in Bangkok, Thailand), and tasted an assortment of dinner entrees and appetizers (many of which suggested by our helpful hostess).

The beer wasn’t that amazing (it sort of reminded us of Stella Artois, which is a great beer but I was hoping for something more exciting) but we drank roughly a 6 pack and it helped to create a more “authentic” Thai meal.  Since there was 6 of us we decided to split a couple appetizers between ourselves. Taking a couple recommendations from our server we choose the following…

Thoung tong

Essentially Thoung tong was ground up shrimp and chicken that was wrapped in a rice bag and deep fried.  As far as “safe” Thai cuisine is concerned, this would probably be it.   Served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce, the entire table enjoyed them.  The flavor wasn’t anything out of this world but when you deep fry something, who doesn’t like it?

Pho Peah Tod

Speaking of deep fried, that was the theme of our next appetizer as well.  Pho Peah Tod are deep fried Spring Rolls that are again stuffed with vegetables and chicken and are also served with a side of sweet and sour sauce.  I normally am not a huge Spring Roll fan, in fact I don’t like the texture/flavor of a “non fried” rice paper.  But King and I’s fried version was very crispy and flavorful and even though the dish normally included only 5 rolls, our server gave us an extra one since there were six of us.

Chicken Satay

Without a doubt the Chicken Satay was the appetizer with the most flavor.  Chicken Satay consists of marinated chicken strips with a coconut cream that are grilled on skewers and served with a side of Thai peanut sauce.  These were delicious and I could have had an entire meal of them on their own.

After our appetizers we once again took the advice from our server and decided on our entrees.  Since for many of us this was our first trip to the Kind and I, we all decided to order different items to get a wide spread of food.

Pud puk

I personally didn’t try the Pra Rarm Long Song (Chicken with napa, mushroom, peas, red pepper, baby corn, topped with peanut sauce, and served over a bed of steamed fresh spinach) or the Pud puk (Chicken sautéed with mixed vegetables in a light brown sauce) but those who ordered those dishes had no complaints and cleaned their plates.

Put Thai

Put Thai (or Pad Thai) is probably the most famous/well known Thai dish.  My friend Doug tried out the dish and thoroughly enjoyed it.  He said there was a little heat to the dish but definitely not too spicy.  He’s not the most adventurous eater out of our group of friends but I’ve found that Pad Thai is maybe the best dish that a new “foodie” should try when experiencing Thai food.  The chicken is always safe and the peanut sauce is a good intro to trying out Thai spices.

Green Curry with Pork

Mike (the guest of honor) straight up asked our waitress what she would normally be in the mood for and she suggested the Green Curry with pork, extra spicy.  And spicy it was….I tried some of the Curry and it definitely cleared out my sinuses.  Green Curry is normally one of the more mild curry’s, usually combined with coconut, but this was really strong.  The curry soaked pork was extremely tender and I would have to say the flavor was pretty intense in comparison to the Green Curry Soup I had at Left Bank.  It was pretty awesome.

Pra rarm Long Song

Ped Prew Wan

I ordered the Ped Prew Wan which was Roasted Duck with vegetables and a large amount of pineapple covered in a sweet and sour sauce.  I was unfortunately pretty full from all of the appetizers but I still ate most of the fairly large portion that was served.  The sweetness of the pineapple and the sweet and sour sauce combined with the spiciness of the dish made for a really incredible meal.  The Duck surprised me, it was only my second time trying Duck (the first a brief taste of crispy fried duck in Chinatown in NYC) and it saddens me to say “it tasted like chicken”.  Sure it was fattier than chicken but the flavor didn’t blow me away as much as I hoped.

I really love Thai/Vietnamese and this was a great place to enjoy a large meal with great friends.  Our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful and while the restaurant is on the smaller side, we had no trouble getting a table and our food came out rather quickly.  Be prepared for an onslaught of options as the menu is several pages and contains roughly 100+ different items. I am certainly ready to go back and try something else.

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One thought on “Food Porn: King & I

  1. jerryc123

    You used the word “safe” twice in this review of King and I.
    I think a better choice of words would be “approachable” or “easier for the uninitiated.”

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