Whether used in as a positive descriptor or, less frequently, as a derogatory adjective, the word "authentic" is thrown around a lot in conversations about Krungthep Thai, the Eat Street spot next to Pancho Villa that was once Seafood Palace, a Chinese restaurant with its own small but loyal following. When sorting the gold-star winners from the lower achievers, Krungthep seems to be measured, like many other Thai restaurants in the Twin Cities, by its level of authenticity. But what measuring stick are we using when we talk about authenticity? Is it the heritage of the chefs or the ingredients they use? Is there a Platonic ideal for khao phat? Perhaps it's the chef's tools or techniques that we expect to deliver the goods. Whatever the case, if we want our Thai food to pass some litmus test, Krungthep does so... More >>>