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Last Saturday, some of my fellow servicemembers and I had liberty. Being on liberty, we proceeded to do what any hot-blooded sailor would do: we visited a mall to go shopping and to eat some "real" food. When the time came, we tried to find a reputable restaurant, but we got tired of walking around, so we decided to settle on what was convenient: Tasty Thai.
Tasty Thai is located in a strip mall, in the quiet Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills. It's tucked away in a plaza whose former marquee tenant was Dominick's, a major grocer in the area. Inside Tasty Thai is a cool and quiet atmosphere, just the kind of place where I like to spend a leisurely midday meal.
What I ate:
1. Thai iced tea (2 USD). It had been a long time since I had one of these. This TIT was slightly too sweet, but overall, I enjoyed it. My companions gave it a thumbs down because it was too sweet for them.
2. Shrimp Cake (5.50 USD): Golden fried spicy shrimp cakes served with peanut, cucumber, and sweet and sour sauce. In appearance, these shrimp cakes reinded me of my mother's bin dae duk. Unlike my mother's bin dae duk, the shrimp cakes were short on flavor. Also, they were not spicy at all. The sauce was tasty, but again, cloyingly sweet.
3. Pad See Eiw (7.95 USD): Thai style big noodles, diner's choice of chicken, beef, or shrimp (8.95) with egg and collard greens in sweet soy sauce. I ordered this dish as I always do - with pork. I thought this was a fair rendition of my favorite Thai dish. Yes, it was a touch too sweet, but I had no significant complaints about it. It was just good to savor an old favorite of mine, I guess.
My companions ordered a few other dishes that they shared with the table:
4. Fried Taro Root (3.75 USD): Shredded taro root mixed in rice flour, deep fried until perfection, served with sweet and sour sauce. This was just okay - you can pretty much imagine what it would taste like. The sweet sauce actually worked here since the starchy taro could handle it.
5. Seaweed Salad (3.50 USD): Assorted seaweed with cucumber, marinated in sesame vinaigrette. I didn't care to try this dish because I suspected that it was just like any other seaweed salad out there. My companions must've enjoyed it since they finished it.
6. Avocado Maki (3 USD). I wondered if the sauce spelled out some word in Thai - probably not. I avoided this dish as well: it looked very plain and unappetizing.
The service was fine.
* Two of my shipmates ordered Tasty Thai's Pad Thai. It looked too wet, if you know what I mean. They didn't like it. I don't recommend it.
* Tasty Thai needs to back off with the sugar. The food would be at least ten times better without it.
Parking: There are too many parking spaces at Tasty Thai. With Dominick's gone, parking's a breeze.
The Bill: 16.54 USD.
My Rating: out of four stars (satisfactory to good). Open Monday, 11 AM to 9:30 PM, Tuesday to Thursday, 11 AM to 10 PM, Friday, 11 AM to 10:30 PM, and Saturday, 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM. Closed on Sunday. Credit cards accepted. www.tastythaivernonhills.com
Last Word: I'd come back to Tasty Thai. Some of my dining companions wouldn't. There's no accounting for taste, eh?
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