Review- Taste of Thai- Arlington, TX

Taste of Thai frontAngela and I were driving around hungry with our recent room mate, James(if you ask, he goes by Jim but I refuse), who is somewhat new to the area and has a strong taste for almost all things Asian. The idea of Thai food was brought up, so I figured I’d show him the ones I know of in the area. We ended up at Taste of Thai at Arkansas and 360. I’d seen it before, but never actually dined there. Always up for an adventure, we took a step inside.

The atmosphere inside is very cozy and almost romantic. There are paintings of Southeast Asia on the wall that really built up the ambiance. A few reminded me of something my Cambodian parents would probably have. As a general note about small Asian restaurants, it seems pretty common to have a modest appearance but serve great food. That’s perfectly fine with me, I’m there to eat! Taste of Thai really breaks this mold with a great atmosphere.

They have a huge menu- and I took forever to decide as usual. I went for the Taste of Thai Spicy Beef ($8.95), James had the Panang Curry Chicken ($8.95) and Angela had the Noodles with Chicken in Brown Sauce ($7.75).

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Battle of the gas station chicken taquitos!!! Seven Eleven vs. Quick Trip

You’ve all seen them, spinning over and over on their grills. Lazy taquitos. Today, we’ll put 2 of them to work when we pit them against each other: Seven Eleven’s Buffalo Chicken taquito (2/$2) and Quick Trip’s Spicy Chicken taquito(99 cents). Who will emerge from battle alive?!?

Taquito Battle: Seven Eleven versus Quick TripAt first glance, QT’s taquito has a clear early advantage. It’s got a clear 2 inches on the competition. Next task is to check out their guts. Ooh, the carnage! They both look similar in composition, chunks of chicken floating in some kind of flavor paste, yum! Color is definitely different, since 7-11′s taquito is Buffalo flavored(closest match to QT’s only chicken flavor).

A taste of our competitors is very revealing. The 7-11 taquito doesn’t have much of a crunch, very important for taquitos. As for taste, it’s mostly a hot sauce flavor and you don’t really taste the chicken. The QT taquito has a very satisfying crunch. The filling is reminiscent of 3 for a dollar chicken burritos, but you can taste and feel the chicken inside.

Taquito Battle: Seven Eleven versus Quick Trip- gutsSo here’s the count:

  • Cost: Tie. QT edges 7-11 out by a penny, but 7-11 has a “give a penny, take a penny” tray, so it’s ok.
  • Size: QT‘s taquito is the victor here by far!
  • Crunch: QT has much more of a crunch- and much more of a mess!
  • Flavor: QT wins here because you can actually taste the chicken instead of hot sauce paste.

The winner: Quick Trip’s Spicy Chicken taquito wins by a landslide! The loser will be fed to a hungry roommate.

P.S.- Sorry about the bad pictures. My camera’s taquito mode doesn’t work very well.

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Wishtree Fried Chicken Crackers- tastes like chicken, kinda

Wishtree Fried Chicken Flavored CrackersWell, I better like these or find some friends who do. The only way it I could find to buy it was in a bag of 20. Luckily, it only cost me $2.50. And also lucky for me, they taste good too!

Ok, so I call these Wishtree Chicken flavored crackers but that’s mostly because those are just about the only English words I can find on the package. I picked these up at my local Hong Kong supermarket and they come in this cute little fried chicken takeout bag with a handle. As an added bonus, you get a little cartoon chicken mascot that appears to be saying “Please eat me. I’m tasty!”

Each package contains 10 very thin crackers. They taste a little buttery and do really have a light chicken taste. If you’ve ever had “Chicken in a Biscuit” crackers, same idea. If not, think Ritz crackers with a salty chickeny flavor. Unlike these crackers though, these are really tin, crispier and a little toastier. I was hoping for a little more flavor, but they are great little snacks. Add a little cheese and they’re awesome!

Now who wants to come over to my place for a chicken cracker party?

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