It is always a pleasure to discover great new places to eat. Our latest is Thai Touch,. Situated at 1334 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, just two doors down from the Portland School of Rock, Thai Touch is a modest, unassuming Thai restaurant that is the brainchild of owner, Pimpron Sricsoontorn, who is a passionate, expert Thai cook. Pim’s cooking genius is the driving force that makes Thai Touch so special. Each ingredient is carefully considered and is of highest quality.
Pimpron Srisoontorn, former Thailand high school teacher
Thai Touch is a family owned and operated business where Pim’s grandchildren pitch in to help. This is Natcho Ebay, who works as a waitress at the restaurant.
This particular location is the fourth incarnation of Thai Touch, and just may be the best. The atmosphere is cozy and nicely appointed, while still maintaining a casual, comfortable ambience.
Daily specials are prominently featured on a chalkboard that stands a few feet from the front entrance.
John and I are vegetarians, and we don’t have a problem finding good things to eat at this restaurant, which also accommodates vegans and carnivores.
One of the appetizers that we like are the salad rolls. They consist of lettuce, mint leaves, carrots, cilantro and noodles wrapped in rice paper and served with peanut sauce. They come with your choice of shrimp or tofu inside.
We are also crazy about the Baby Rolls. These delicious rolls are comprised of deep fried cabbage, carrots, taro root and glass noodles wrapped in rice paper and served with sweet and sour sauce. They have a nice crunch and are light and delicious.
If meat is preferred, Thai Touch offers appetizers, such as their special pot stickers, consisting of deep fried pork dumplings served with pot sticker sauce, or Heaven, which is deep fried, ground chicken wrapped in a tortilla skin and served with sweet and sour sauce. I’ve heard that the Chicken S’Tay is quite delicious, too. This one is marinated chicken on skewers served with peanut sauce and cucumber sauce.
The restaurant has a wide array of salads, including the Cucumber salad with cucumber, carrots, red onions, green oinions, ground peanuts and chicken, or the Beef salad, that includes beef, red and green onion, tomatoes, cucumber and carrots, cooked in a spicy lime sauce. Tiger Cry is another beef salad with red and green onions, but this one also has dry chili peppers and rice flakes served in a spicy lime sauce.
Oh! And the curries! My personal favorite is the pineapple curry, made with big chunks of pineapple, tofu, bell peppers, bamboo shoots, carrots and fresh basil in a red curry sauce, but they also have green and yellow curries, and a delicious Mus-Sa Mun curry with coconut milk, ginger, potatoes, carrots, pineapple, online and peanuts. Yum! Thai Touch offers curries containing the diner’s choice of chicken, pork, tofu, beef, shrimp or other seafood.
Another favorite dish containing pineapple is the delicious pineapple fried rice. This delightful dish comes with your choice o chicken, shrrimp or tofu, and has olions, big chunks of fresh pineapple, bell peppers, carrots, peas, raisins, curry powder and egg, if desired. They also offer a spicy fried rice, vegetable fried rice, green curry fried rice and more.
Pineapple Fried Rice
Their noodle dishes are also delicious. I love the spicy noodles made wiht rice noodles that are topped with red curry sauce and mixed veggies. The Kee Maow also comes with favorable reviews. This one features wide rice noodles, basil leaves, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, onions, cabbage, broccoli, carrots and chili peppers.
The Thai Touch Paht Thai also comes with high customer reviews. This one has rice noodles, chicken, shrimp, tofu, eggs, bean sprouts, green onion, carrots and ground peanuts.
Thai Touch Paht Thai
Listed in “Portland Cheap Eats” as one of the best bargains in the city, Thai Touch goes the extra mile to provide a comfortable, casual atmosphere, affordable prices and food that looks as delicious as it tastes.
We hope you will spread the word about this fine Thai eatery. Pay them a visit Monday through Saturday from 11 AM – 2:30 PM, and 4:30 – 9:00 PM for dinner, and from 4-9PM on Sundays. You’ll be glad that you did!
The food really is that good!
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