Pumpkin pie may not be nature’s most perfect food, but it’s certainly close.
I love a homemade pumpkin pie, and can find little to complain about when it comes to consuming a bagel smeared with a hefty helping of a pumpkin cream cheese, and the occasional pumpkin latte, too.
But who knew one of the best uses for pumpkin is incorporating it into a rich Thai curry?
It’s like a pumpkin pie filling with a kick, a natural pairing of eastern tastes and western sensibilities that’s, sweet, spicy, creamy and enticing.
You’ll find it on the menu at Chadar Thai on Broad Street.
They prepare it to perfection, and at a great price, if you visit at lunch.
On a recent Saturday Donna and I enjoyed the pumpkin curry with chicken ($9.95) served with jasmine rice and a cup of tom yum soup ($3.25). It was a lunch-size portion and very filling.
Service here is exemplary. Drinks are kept filled, your table is kept clear of clutter and food is served promptly and efficiently.
This is no date night getaway, but it is definitely a great choice for Thai food aficionados. There’s a good selection of dishes, including Pad Prik Khing (stir fried green beans in a red chili paste, $7.95 for lunch with chicken, beef or pork), a tom kha soup seafood combination with shrimp, scallops, mussels and squid ($4.95 a cup), and Siam Chicken (breaded and stir fried with vegetables in a red chili sauce, $9.95 for lunch).
And if you’re not in the mood for curry, you can’t go wrong with the fallback favorite pad thai ($7.95 with chicken, beef or pork at lunch).
Just make sure that whatever you order, set the spice level to your taste buds: Spicy here can be HOT, so you may want to make your order medium spicy if you like some heat but don’t want to overpower the palate.
Save room for dessert. The coconut ice cream ($5.25) is in a sharable-size portion, and is a nice complement to the pumpkin curry.
THE EATERY: Chadar Thai
WHERE: 8030 W. Broad St.
HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Saturday, and 5-9 p.m. Sunday
WHAT TO EXPECT: Thai Cuisine
AMBIANCE: Clean, comfortable, decidedly not fancy
A GREAT BET: Pumpkin curry chicken
LEAVE ROOM FOR: Coconut ice cream
LEARN MORE: www.chadarthai.com