Green Papaya Restaurant

Posted by Scott on May 20th, 2008

Green Papaya
Rating: 3 paws out of 5
Spent: $20 per person
Chain: No
Date Friendly: Yes
Note: Cash Only
3804 Prince Street, Flushing NY 11354

Many also have described Thai cuisine as a marriage of Chinese and Indian. It is a difficult balancing act among the five primary flavors. spicy, tangy, sweet, salty and bitter are the main stars of the show and needs to be used in the right combination. It’s a tough act to follow but the Hungry Ferret is up to the challenge.

We started with a Tom Yum soup served in a traditional large self heating pot. This spicy and tangy soup is one of the most famous thai soups you can order. There was an abundant amount of shrimp, mushrooms and onions.

The Pad Thai was very tasty. The shrimp was tender, sweet, salty and tangy were in the right places. For those that do not know, Pad Thai is one of the few non-spicy dishes. The chopped peanuts, raw beans sprouts, and carrots mixed in with the dish gave it a very complex texture. They balanced out the soft noodles and meat.

Kee Mao Noodle’s direct translation means drunkards noodles. It got this name because this dish pairs well with cold beer and whiskey. I have also seen this dish labeled as Spicy Noodles in many other Thai restaurants. The Kee Mao Noodle with chicken was excellent. I would consider this example one of the best I have been served. It had such a nice medley of basil, garlic, and hot spice.

The Seafood Crispy Noodle combination of textures was very pleasing. The crispy noodles with the noodle soften by the creamy sauce was delightful.

For desert we had banana pieces in spring roll skins with a scoop of ice cream on top. I would have prefered the bananas inside the springrolls to have been sweeter. Mixed with the vanilla ice cream, the flavors from the banana spring roll did not stand out enough.

One more thing to mention, the French / Vietnamese coffee was extremely good. The combination of Chicory, Coffee and condensed milk, gave this drink a very unique flavor. It had an extremely good strong coffee taste without the bitterness. But forewarned, order this drink a bit earlier than you want to drink it, otherwise you will have to wait for the coffee to fully brew at your table.

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Tom Yum Soup with Shrimp

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Large Tom Yum Soup with Shrimp

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Seafood Crispy Noodle

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Khee Mao Noodle Chicken

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Shrimp Pad Thai

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Hot French Coffee with condensed milk

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Fried Banana with a Scoop of Ice Cream

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