Spice it up at Khao Thai in Kindsbach
I grew up in a small town in Texas, where my only exposure to Asian cuisine was at a Chinese buffet. When I moved to Austin for college, I got my first taste of Thai food, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Over the past several years, I have found a number of great Thai restaurants in the Kaiserslautern Military Community, including the recently opened Khao Thai in Kindsbach. I’ve eaten there more often than anywhere else recently for one reason: the curries.
Yum, yum, yum curries
Every curry dish is enough for two meals, with a nice balance of sweet and savory spices, lots of vegetables and a generous serving of protein (except shrimp, which are large, but you’ll get five or six). The panang, green curry (Gaeng Kiew Wan) and red curry (Gaeng Ped) are slightly sweet and fairly spicy, while the yellow curry (Gaeng Garie) is sweeter and milder. Perhaps my favorite, the Gaeng Sapparot is a red curry with pineapple that is quite spicy and fairly sweet. But I love them all and have a hard time choosing. I prefer to go with a group and eat family style so everyone can have a bit of everything — or so I can eat everything...
Not into Thai-style curries?
Sam Rod features a sweet, sour and spicy sauce with your choice of protein. For less heat, try Pad Priew Whan, a mild and more sugary version with pineapples and fried duck, chicken, fish or prawns. Other alternatives include stir-fried dishes, cold beef salad, wonton soup, Tom Yum and Tom Kha soups, glass noodles in broth and yummy appetizers. The Pad Thai is decent; however, after traveling in Thailand last year, I stopped ordering it anywhere in the KMC because I’m always disappointed.
Tasty deep-fried starters
On our first visit, my husband and I started with the appetizer sampler platter to determine which we might order on future visits. The chicken wings with mango dipping sauce are perfect, with crispy skin and delicate meat. The meat and vegetarian spring rolls are good, but I usually go for the tempura shrimp. Avoid the chicken wontons, which are 99 percent wonton and one percent filling.
Service has been attentive each visit, and the meals have come out quickly on all but one occasion. The dining room is nicer than most in the area, with dark wood furnishings, colorful table runners and gold-tone traditional Thai décor.
Good to know
- Reservations are needed for tables of six or more.
- Parking is plentiful in front of and behind the restaurant, as well as on the street.
- The menu is translated, and most staff members speak English.
- The children’s menu includes American and Asian dishes priced from 7.50 to 8.50 euros.
- Credit cards are not accepted; there is an ATM nearby.
- A 20-percent discount is applied to take-out orders, and the full menu is available online.
Photos by Genevieve Northup