Krungthep Thai is the real deal

Eat Street spot wins with authenticity

To finish dinner, don't turn to the standard mango and sticky rice. It's by no means bad, but Krungthep has so much more to offer. Ambrosial taro root custard is served warm with tiny spoons to encourage taking delicate bites, but you won't want to. Ours was cleaned out before the three incarnations of sweetened egg yolk dessert were brought to the table. We got a sampling of Foi-tong (strings), Tong-yod (spheres), and Tong-yip (flowers, or cups)—all from the same base but made with different techniques. "I feel like kids would love to eat this," said my dining companion, wrestling with the cheddar-colored, buoyant strings on her cocktail fork. True. We did too.

Server Nok Wozniak (left) and manager April Chiem dish up spicy, unpretentious Thai food
Benjamin Carter Grimes
Server Nok Wozniak (left) and manager April Chiem dish up spicy, unpretentious Thai food

Location Info

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Krungthep Thai

2523 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Category: Restaurant > Thai

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

Details

Appetizers $4-$7; entrees $9-$12 (market price on seafood)

It makes sense, and is a mark of our standards, that we value this nebulous "authenticity" in our Thai food. Luckily for our culinary landscape, Minnesota has a dense population of Laotian and Thai people living here and producing amazing food. So let the debates about authenticity rage on. I don't mind, because I will be happily enjoying bright and spicy little nuggets of Thai sausage and silky taro custard. The sounds of the arguing will be drowned out by the lullaby of my own chewing, and, in the case of Krungthep Thai, the occasional mopping of my brow.

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