For today’s restaurant review, we’re spotlighting Bai Tong, a Thai restaurant located about a mile from Rockwell. You may be thinking, “Really? Another Thai place?”—but Bai Tong is definitely worth checking out. It’s the second location of a well-established, very popular restaurant in Tukwila, and we’re happy that the owners chose to expand into our neighborhood.
We’ve tried a number of noodle dishes, include the pad thai (rice noodles with tamarind sauce, bean sprouts, peanuts, egg, meat, and tofu), pad sie-eiw (wide rice noodles with meat, egg, broccoli, and soy sauce), and pad khi mao (wide rice noodles with meat, veggies, egg, and Thai basil), and found them all quite tasty (although the requested heat levels can be inconsistent). We’ve also enjoyed the chicken red curry (with coconut milk, Thai basil, Kaffir lime leaves, and veggies), spicy eggplant (with basil, garlic, black bean sauce, and bell peppers), and the fried tofu swimming rama (with peanut sauce and sautéed spinach). One of our favorite dishes is the tom yum moo sub nam kon: a hot and sour soup flavored with lemongrass, Thai ginger, cilantro, and coconut milk, and filled with straw mushroom caps and bits of ground pork. Rich but delicious, and perfect for the cold and rainy weather here in Bellevue this week.
Bai Tong’s prices are reasonable and the portions are generous (although we’d eat here even if this wasn’t the case!). We’ve been taking our orders to go, but the restaurant is spacious and nicely decorated—a step up from most of the casual lunch spots in the area.
Bai Tong is located at 14804 NE 24th St. Redmond, WA 98052. (Phone: 425-747-8424; website: ww.baitongrestaurant.com)
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