Spicy Thai Noodle Place - Saipan's Best Kept Thai Secret
Restaurant Review by Ken Stewart, The Guam Food Guy
If you didn't know where to look, you just might miss it! The dark blue sign with the red & yellow letters is shared with the Thailand Food Store. It is on the ocean side of Beach Road going south towards the Pacific Islands Club, in the village of San Antonio on the ground floor of a 2-story building that has a paved parking area for a limited number of cars, but there's more parking along the roadside. Whatever you have to go through to get there, it's worth it, as the Spicy Thai Noodle Place has some of the best home-style Thai Food in the Marianas!
Why is the food so darned good? Well, the small restaurant evolved from the adjoining Thailand Food Store. Thai factory workers who lived in nearby barracks would come over to a kitchen the family used to make meals. It became very popular and expanded its menu to include an impressive collection of Thai favorites.
Among some of the fabulous dishes enjoyed at a recent lunch was a Papaya Salad ($5) that had dried baby anchovies and plenty of mouthwatering slivered papaya with peppers and tomatoes. I also had an excellent Spicy Seafood Salad, that was full of local peppers, cilantro, red onions, green onions,lemongrass, squid, shrimp, and celery ($6.95). A Green Curry with Shrimp delivered all the right spices in a passionate sauce filled with eggplant, red peppers, basil, and onions. I ordered a Phad Kra Praow ($7.95) which was not on the printed menu, but shown in an elaborate picture book filled with Thai Classics. The basil in my Phad Kra Praow was fresh, infusing its unique flavor throughout the minced chicken blended with red peppers, bamboo shoots, garlic, and green onions, then topped with an egg (Thai Style).
I was joined by Arin Greenwood, GuamDiner.com Saipan correspondent, local attorney and free-lance writer, who ordered Masaman with Tofu. It was another delectable treat, savory and hearty, ideal for vegetarians. Spicy Thai Noodle House has take out, which you can order by calling 235-5326. For great Thai, you can't go wrong with Spicy Thai Noodle House!