December 31, 2012
Keo’s Thai Cuisine, Honolulu HI
Seafood Tom Yum (Lemon Grass) Soup
Green Papaya Salad
Vegetarian Thai Noodles (Pad Thai)
Evil Jungle Prince with Chicken
New Year’s Eve dinner on the beach was too expensive and Mom and I would never have been able to finish four courses each. The Cheesecake Factory had a line that was too long to comprehend. Therefore, we found ourselves at Keo’s Thai Cuisine, our first time dining at a Thai restaurant as a family two years ago. We thought it was amazing at that time, but having tried other places, this was no longer as amazing.
To warm up, I got a bowl of the Seafood Tom Yum (Lemon Grass) Soup. This was excellent. Light and flavourful, it was very spicy (I got the most heat with it!). The lemongrass flavour really came through. The seafood was tender and fresh and mushrooms quite plump. It was expensive for such a small bowl but good nonetheless.
I also had my absolute favourite and refreshing Thai dish: the Green Papaya Salad. I just love the crunch, light, almost flavorless green papaya. It was served with a wedge of cabbage that was only good when you scooped the fish sauce and mixed juices onto there. There was only a little bit of papaya, but since it was local and organically grown, I guess the price is somewhat justified. The flavours were mixed very well, though.
The Vegetarian Thai Noodles (Pad Thai) was nowhere as good as we remembered. The noodles were quite dry and did not have much flavour from the sauce. Sometimes, a restaurant would use a mostly ketchup base, but despite not being authentic, at least it was flavourful. This was not so much made with ketchup but it was not otherwise flavoured much either. The ingredients were not exactly plentiful. I would have liked to see a lot of vegetables and eggs. This is by far one of the worst Pad Thai’s I have ever had, especially considering the price.
Finally, we ordered the Evil Jungle Prince with Chicken, their special curry stir-fry served on a bed of cabbage. I actually liked the curry sauce with the cabbage the most. The sauce was flavourful, decently thick, and plentiful, coating the crunchy cabbage. The chicken was quite dry and not flavoured on the inside. It was kind of tough to eat, like a poorly done chicken breast that was shredded.
The restaurant was about half full so the mediocre online ratings are spot on. It was okay, not great, especially considering the slightly pricey menu. However, we did not have to wait two hours! Finally, here’s to a wonderful year of surviving the almost-apocalypse. Happy new year and welcome, 2013!