I’ve talked about my obsession with Thai food (and Thailand itself) a lot and I’m always excited to try new places, so you can only imagine my excitement at trying Uncle Boon’s in Lower Manhattan, New York. The restaurant itself is small (or maybe feels smaller given how busy it is) but has a great buzzy vibe. As we were shown to our table in the corner I was excited to see what they had to offer.
I started with a Supalot-Colada… essentially a frozen Pina Colada made with Thai Rum and Kaffir Lime. It was as dreamy as it sounds and it certainly wasn’t the first of the night.
While we scanned the menu we decided it was definitely necessary to order a portion of the Huu Muu Sawan- whisky and chilli glazed crispy pigs ears . Crunchy and tasty they looked nothing like the dog chews I had in mind, and instead felt like an upgraded version of the humble pork scratching- minus the ‘nearly break your teeth’ pieces.
Next we went onto the Plaa Hoi Shenn- raw scallops with basil seeds, thai bird chilli and lemon nam prik. It was incredible- I’m not normally a scallop fan but it like a Thai twist on ceviche and defiantly lacked the ‘eye ball pop’ of a scallop that normally puts me off.
Next up were the delicious mains. I had to order one of my favourites- Massaman Neuh. Unlike other Thai curries, with Massamam, the ingredients are roasted prior to grinding, with the paste including cardamom, cinnamon, chilli and cloves. Uncle Boon’s was made with melt in the mouth boneless beef ribs, potatoes, red onion, peanuts and green peppercorns. Alongside the rich curry we had Kao Pat Puu- traditional crab fried rice with egg, cilantro (that’s corriander to us Brits) and lime. Fresh and fragrant, it was a million miles away from the Chinese takeaway egg fried rice I’m used to…
Because we love to over order (and eat…), we didn’t stop there. The Pet Polo (cripsy duck leg in soy anise broth with caramelised orange, grilled scallion and duck egg) and Kau Yanf Muay Thai (Rotisseri half chicken with dipping suace and green mango salad) were both delcious additions to the main course.
Full on delcious food, we rolled 100 meters down the road to Mother’s Ruin for a cocktail (or two) to finish the evening, and soothe our full bellies.
For more information on Uncle Boons New York visit their website: http://www.uncleboons.com
Mother’s Ruin serves up yummy cocktails and is staggering distance away- for more info visit their website: http://www.mothersruinnyc.com