Somtum with salty crab – Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

Somtum with salty crab - Sai Jai Thai Restaurant
Thai papaya salad with mixed with dried shrimp, fresh garlic, chili, lemon and fish sauce. $7.50
Sai Jai Thai Restaurant, San Francisco

Um, I was NOT a fan of this. The papaya salad was good enough, but the salty crab was not my style. It was slimy and super hard. You couldn’t bite through it and I don’t think that there was much meat in there, so I’m not sure that it was even edible. I would have loved to have someone instruct me on how to eat those crab pieces.

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Angel wings – Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

Angel wings - Sai Jai Thai Restaurant
Stuffed chicken wings with silver noodles, minced chicken and black mushrooms. Served with sweet and sour sauce. $7.95
Sai Jai Thai Restaurant, San Francisco

Mmm, these were so good! I can’t very well complain about stuffed and fried chicken wings (although sometimes they get super dry), and these were cooked nicely. This tasted great!

Vegetable deluxe – Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

Vegetable deluxe Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

Sauteed fresh broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, and fried tofu with oyster sauce. We requested that they add chicken. $7.95
Sai Jai Thai Restaurant, San Francisco

Silverfox wanted something on the healthier side, so we ordered this vegetable dish and had some chicken added to it. It was pretty good but nothing spectacular. Hadn’t eaten fried tofu in a while so this was a nice treat.

Tom yum gai – Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

Tom yum gai Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

Spicy and sour soup with chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, lemongrass and lime juice. $6.95
Sai Jai Thai Restaurant, San Francisco

This was tasty, but it arrived at our table barely warm! Not good. There’s not as much flavor when it’s cold and it starts tasting more sour for some reason. Also, I thought it was weird that the huge pieces of mushrooms and tomatoes were completely raw.

Tom yum gai Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

Kao pad kor moo yang – Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

Kao pad kor moo yang Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

Fried rice with egg and onion topped with grilled pork shoulder and chopped cilantro. Served with sliced cucumbers and a sweet chili fish sauce. $7.25
Sai Jai Thai Restaurant, San Francisco

This dish isn’t what I expected. I thought that the pork would be cut up into little pieces and incorporated into the fried rice. Thank god it wasn’t! This dish was SO good and it’s really all about the pork. The the thick slices of grilled pork shoulder were SO flavorful and juicy. You can put it on top of anything and I would eat the entire plate. Noms!

Kao pad kor moo yang Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

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