While Japanese and Chinese restaurants have been in the spotlight for years, Thai restaurants like SriPraPhai have been molding the neighborhoods around them for decades. Having opened in 1990, when few Thai restaurants could be found in the 5 boroughs, SriPraPhai has provided authentic Thai cooking for the growing East Asian population of Queens. But what makes SriPraPhai so special?
Thai dishes are known for their complex melding of essential tastes within each dish: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy are often found in one overall meal. Thai cooking juggles widely varying elements to create a harmonious dish. This requires attention to detail, intricate preparation, and a fine understanding of how ingredients interact with one another. To add to the complexity, Thailand hosts thousands of different recipes due to its unique topography and regional histories.
Central Thailand consumes large quantities of white rice and coconut milk in their dishes due to their flat and wet growing plains. Isan or the northeastern region is a more arid plateau, where locals enjoy roasted and broiled meats throughout the year. Northern Thailand has verdant valleys and cool, forested mountains where sticky rice, red meats and vegetarian dishes are all part of the local cuisine. Southern Thailand is bordered on two sides by tropical seas, and many islands where spicy foods and fish are the staple. Due to the varying environments and readily available ingredients in each region, Thailand’s cuisine cannot be categorized into one cultural staple. U.S. restaurants must often focus on one regional group of Thai dishes because of this. However, SriPraPhai breaks that mold splendidly.
SriPraPhai began their small family-owned restaurant with a meager array of dishes from Central Thailand, but as Thai food began to gain popularity with NYC locals, they expanded their menu to accommodate other regions of Thai cuisine. The owner’s son, Mr. Lersak Tipmanee, visits Thailand regularly to bring back new and trending flavors. Many locals don’t realize the vast variety Thailand has to offer and often believe that visiting one Thai restaurant will allow them to experience “Thai Cuisine”, but this is rarely the case. One of the jewels of SriPraPhai is that their menu has grown so large that it encompasses dishes from every region of Thailand, while retaining authentic recipes and ingredients. They’ve even added vegetarian menu’s, allergy labels for each dish, a full bar, and a wide variety of Thai Desserts. SriPraPhai flawlessly offers all that Thailand has to offer. Everything from the well-known Pad-Thai, to the deliciously lesser known Crispy Watercress Salad and Drunken Noodles can be enjoyed. There are dishes attuned to any person’s tastes, and customers from every walk of life travel to SriPraPhai for an engaging meal. The restaurant’s space has tripled in size since opening, now hosting a beautiful backyard area with flowers and abundant shade. Their customer reviews and knowledgeable staff make experiencing Thailand in their own backyard a breeze.
Traditional Thai Crispy Watercress Salad incorporates battered watercress, roasted cashews, and a tangy sour shrimp salad side.
Mango Sticky Rice is a delightfully healthy and refreshing dessert.
64-13 39th Ave., Woodside, NY 11377
TEL: 718-899-9599 | www.sripraphairestaurant.com
(Williston Park location)
280 Hillside Ave. Williston Park, NY 11596