Whether you’re not in the mood to cook or hoping for a nice night out, there are plenty of Thai spots in MetroWest from which to choose.
Thai food often has complex flavors, combining sweet and savory in soups, salads, curries and noodle dishes. Clear glass noodles, lemongrass and sweet and tangy sauces often pop up on Thai restaurant menus, perfect for hot summer days or cool New England evenings.
With classic dishes like Pad Thai and drunken noodle, as well as unique finds like chive pancake appetizers and crispy duck entrees, there are plenty of ways to explore this unique cuisine at these local eateries.
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Address: 128 Main St., Marlborough
If you go: Customers can grab a lunch box to go or eat in at this family-owned restaurant on Marlborough’s Main Street. Lunch boxes include the Thai Box, with stir-fried chicken, curry paste and jasmine rice, or the Unagi box, with freshwater eel and chicken gyoza.
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Thai Pepper, Milford
Address: 178 East Main St. (Route 16), Milford
If you go: Thai Pepper has been around since 1998, located in a strip mall at the junction of Routes 16 and 109, with classics like Pad Thai as well as unique offerings like the EMC special with chicken, beef or pork in a spicy basil sauce, topped with a fried egg.
Andaman Thai Cuisine, Framingham
Address: 963 Worcester Road (Route 9), Framingham
If you go: With plenty of classic options, this Framingham Thai spot also mixes it up with the Andaman Tom Um Noodle Soup with shrimp, scallops and squid in a spicy broth. They also have plenty of appetizers, like the Curry Puff, with puff pastry and a curry filling served with cucumber sauce and chive pancakes.
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Chili Basil Thai, Sudbury
Address: 385 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury
If you go: If spring rolls aren’t you’re thing, winter shrimp rolls are deep fried with shrimp and served with sweet and sour sauce, and house specials include the Chicken Eggplant Basil, with chicken and eggplant in a hot chili pepper sauce. Or, check out the Three Stooges, with Chili Basil’s signature sauce and chicken, beef, shrimp, lemongrass, pineapple and a crispy crust of vermicelli. For dessert, they also have fried banana, wrapped in egg roll and deep fried.
Krua Khun Yah Thai Restaurant, Ashland
Address: 325 Pond St. (Route 126), Ashland
If you go: There’s plenty on offer at this Ashland Thai spot, and the Grandma-recommended menu suggests the Grandma Curry Duck with deep fried roasted duck with curry sauce, pineapple and snow peas. For appetizers, they have a Thai Chive Dumpling, made with glutinous rice and fried, or candied garlic spare ribs.
Lillian Eden is a Daily News staff writer. Contact her at [email protected]