Time to make that meat wave more interesting, make it . . . more Asian. I’ve had difficulty finding any good Thai in downtown Chicago, but Ravenswood has some good spots like Aroy Thai, Siam Country, and Royal Thai. This night, it was Aroy Thai (we were headed to Royal Thai on Montrose, but it’s closed on Tuesdays).
The egg rolls were crispy and hot, and although I was suspicious of the papaya salad (it has no meat in it), I really liked it. Beware: the papaya salad is mofo hot. Well, not quite mofo hot. Pretty hot, though, enough to make the next morning a bit of a gastrointestinal struggle.
Chicken satay is something I can fully endorse as part of a meat wave. Peanut sauce and cucumber salad and chicken, that could make a good sandwich. It’s also good to put it all in your mouth as not part of a sandwich.
We had a green curry (pork) and a beef basil (beef). The basil beef was pretty spicy-hot, but not as hot as the papaya salad. The green curry was well balanced and I really liked both dishes. Highly recommended, and BYOB.