Editor's note: It has come to our attention that some of the language in the recommendations below was excerpted from previous Riverfront Times' articles without giving proper credit to the writer who originally reviewed the restaurant. RFT is working on correcting this oversight and ensuring that it won't happen again.
The flavors of Thailand are abundant here in St. Louis, as evidenced by the many restaurants around town that offer regional variations and escalating levels of spice. It's difficult to narrow it down to just one, but here are six of Gut Check's favorite Thai restaurants to get you started.
Fork & Stix (549 Rosedale Avenue; 314-863-5572)
Sai oua is grilled pork sausage with a powerful lemongrass note. It's delicious by itself, but adding naam prik nuum takes it to another level entirely. Naam prik nuum is a coarse sauce of roasted green chiles with garlic, cilantro and shallots. It's brightly flavored and -- fair warning -- devilishly hot and the perfect accent to the earthier pork.
Vegetarians among you: Do not fret. You don't need to order the sai oua to enjoy the naam prik nuum. An order of the sauce comes with steamed vegetables; add a side of sticky rice for a nominal cost, and you have a complete appetizer or small meal. -- Ian Froeb
Read the full original post here: Fork & Stix's Sai Oua with Naam Prik Nuum: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now
Blue Elephant (7816 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-0500)
Nestled in downtown Clayton -- serving as a go to for lunch and takeout -- Blue Elephant offers balanced curries, like roasted boneless duck breast with red curry (a house specialty with crisp skin and a sauce that provides a nice, not-too-spicy counterbalance to sweet chunks of pineapple and tomato). The Thai barbecued chicken is a solid choice, and the heat in the salmon in green curry sneaks up on you. A fan favorite are the "Snowbird Dumplings": pockets of minced chicken and herbs, molded into the shape of songbirds, complete with carrot beaks.
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