Mouthful of Sunshine

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Tasty Thai & Careless Chinese – The Real Le Ahn

on November 3, 2012

ImageOctober 24, 2012
The Real Le Ahn, Philadelphia PA
Shrimp Green Papaya Salad
Chicken Pad Thai
General Tso’s Chicken

I was craving a little Thai food and needed something quick and cheap. I fell in love with green papaya over the summer so it was only a matter of time before my next visit to The Real Le Ahn.

I did not expect the Shrimp Green Papaya Salad to come with vermicelli noodles. However, the dish was rather refreshing. The green papaya was extremely crunchy, as we’re the nicely pickled daikon radish and carrot slices. The fried peanuts were a nice touch. The shrimp were tender and the basil was quite strong. I liked the sweet soup-like sauce that tasted like a generic Thai sauce. It was cool and refreshing while filling at the same time.Image

The Chicken Pad Thai was also decent. The steamed chicken was mostly quite tender. The bean sprouts and fried peanuts added a nice crunch and the sauce was generic but good. I loved the sweet and sour mixed with a little spicy kick. However, it was so sweet that by the end started to get a little revolting. I really liked the scrambled eggs and I am always a Dan of rice noodles. However, the noodles came in two big hunks, stuck together and so the inside had no sauce. It was like biting into a large rice ball, as the strands were indistinguishable. However, the eggs and sauce really made the dish for me.Image

I was extremely disappointed with the General Tso’s Chicken. The pieces of chicken we’re fried but the sauce was seriously lacking that some pieces of the chicken had none and tasted greasy and gross. The problem is that they did not stir fry the dish but rather just ladled a little sauce over the chicken, rice, and vegetables. I would seriously suggest staying away from fried chicken dishes here and just go for the stir fried to order ones.


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