Mooresville · Restaurants

Chopstix in Mooresville, NC

After picking up a Radon monitor for my husband in Troutman, the kids and I were starving, but didn’t want to drive all the way into Mooresville proper for some lunch.  We spied Chopstix as we were coming down Doolie Road, and decided to give it a try.  What a wonderful discovery!!

We started with an appetizer called the Chopstix Combination.  It had 2 Chicken Satay skewers, 2 fried dumplings and 3 spring rolls.  The Chicken Satay was marinated and glazed with coconut cream and served with a sweetly savory peanut sauce that was like the tastiest and smoothest peanut butter I’ve ever eaten.  The fried dumplings were full of spicy ground meat and were crispy on the outside.  The spring rolls were also delicious.

Chopstix Combination: Chicken Satay, Spring Rolls, Dumplings
Chopstix Combination: Chicken Satay, Spring Rolls, Dumplings

My entree was the Pad Pik Paow with Shrimp.  It was a stir fry of shrimp, veggies and flavored with basil leaves and chili paste.  It was spicy and cooked well, but I would have liked a little more of the delicious sauce to drench my rice with.  My kids both got the  Kei Krob which is a battered and deep fried chicken cooked in a Thai sweet sauce mixed with sliced ginger and crushed peanuts.  I was surprised at how delicious this was!  It is possibly the most delicious sweet chicken dish I’ve ever had.  It had such a balance between the sweet sauce and the savory elements of the dish.  That is an easy dish to get wrong, with a sauce to cloyingly sweet.  It is perfect here.  The red curry with chicken is creamy and spicy and is loaded with crisp vegetables and tender chicken.  It’s yummy even the next day!

Red Curry Chicken
Red Curry Chicken
Pad Pik Paow with Shrimp
Pad Pik Paow with Shrimp
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Kei Krob

This has become one of our favorite restaurants in Mooresville!

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Gastonia · Restaurants

Thai House in Gastonia, NC

Thai food is considered exotic…by me.  It’s not that I don’t want to venture out of my culinary comfort zone, it’s that in my little burg there aren’t that many opportunities to do so.  When I go to Thai House, the names of the dishes are in Thai (exotic!) but each is explained in perfect English.

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We start our meal off with a delicious Thai concoction known as Thai Tea.  It should be dessert, it is so decadent and sweet, but they bring it straight away to your table.  It’s a strong black Thai tea mixed with a sweetened condensed milk, steeped with spices like anise and ginger.  Incredible!

Tom Yum soup is an old standby.  This one is similar to others I’ve eaten, the broth sour and spicy.  This one was a little bit watery and not as great as the one I’ve had at Eez Fusion.  This one was full of shrimp, chunks of mushrooms, tomatoes, lemon grass and flavored with lime juice.  It was topped with chopped chives and cilantro leaves.

The Spring Rolls are magnificent here.  They are chock full of chicken, cabbage, carrots, clear noodles then encased in a wonton wrapper and fried to perfection.  They serve it with a sweet Thai dipping sauce and on the table is a tray full of chilies to add at your discretion for heat.  We needed none.

I’m not sure how “Thai” this sushi is, but I do cheater sushi on a good day.  That means I really only eat sushi with cooked fish inside.  These rolls are crunchy shrimp and spicy crab. Or maybe it is the other way around.  Either way, not a lot of funny business happening in these rolls.  I adore that bit of crunchy in there and the dipping sauce it comes with (that’s the two-toned dip) is spicy and sweet at the same time.  Magic!  Of course, I still do the redneck sushi trick of mixing my wasabi into my soy sauce.

If you are looking for delicious Thai food, give the Thai House in Gastonia a try soon.  We love it!

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