Manat Saefung and Natcho Ebay
This is Natcho Ebay with her husband, Manat Saefung. I recently reviewed Natcho’s grandmother’s Thai restaurant, Thai Touch. THIS review, however, is about Manat’s restaurant Thai Pod, a completely different variety of Thai food, located at 2015 NE Broadway Street, here in Portland, Oregon.
Thai cuisine in Portland doesn’t generally get the type of praise it deserves. People order it as a hangover cure from the confines of their couch, or lazily pick up take-out on their way back from the gym. But I urge you to take a little time to understand the intricacies of this particular cuisine. Eat at Thai Pod, and you’ll quickly realize that your cold Pad Thai from some other restaurant just isn’t cutting it when so many other options abound.
Many vegetarians and vegans will skip ordering from Thai restaurants, because they have discovered that unavoidably, fish sauce usually finds it way into their curry. This is where Thai Pod comes in. Just mention any dietary restrictions to the wait staff, and their guidelines will be carefully followed. This is a place where carnivores, vegans and vegetarians can all agree on one thing. The food is fantastic, and upon request, it can be completely animal free! When requested to omit meat and sauces that contain meat, Manat uses a special ingredient in place of soy sauce called, “Coconut Secret.” It is organic, gluten free, has no MSG, and is vegan…..yet even meat eaters love it, because it tastes great!
Thai Pod is the watering hole for both hipsters and families alike. Its warm, friendly atmosphere invites hours of leisurely, comfortable dining, where every bite is a separate taste treat that brings plenty of oooo’s and ahhhh’s. Again, the food is fantastic.
Thai Vegetable Soup
Other soups served at Thai Pod include, Tom yum, a hot and sour soup of galangal root, lemongrass and lime juice with mushrooms, tomatoes and online, and Tom kha, a spicy soup of coconut milk and galangal root, with lemongrass, mushrooms and lime just, and the famous Po Tak soup, which is a combination of seafood in a hot and sour soup of galangal root, lemongrass and lime juice with mushrooms, basil and online.
The restaurant has been open for 7 years, but Manat took over 2 years ago. The cuisine is listed on Uber Eats, Eat 24 and Postmate, so you can order it to be delivered, but I recommend going into the restaurant itself for fresh-from-the-kitchen goodness.
Manat uses fresh local produce, much of which is grown by his sister in her own garden. It is his goal to support local farmers whenever possible, and he uses as much organic produce as is praticle. (Some foods, such as mango, are difficult to find organically grown.)
Manat uses only the finest meats and creates meat dishes that are in high demand. For instance, it is rare to find the type of BBQ pork street food that Manat creates in his kitchen. He uses a special secret sauce made with fresh herbs and marinates the pork in it prior to cooking. The dish is served with fried rice. His Salmon and shrimp dishes are also special, and are served with delicious fresh vegetable accompaniments.
Salmon Teriyaki on a Broccoli Bed
Thai Pod serves a wide variety of both vegetarian and meat appetizer options.
Thai Egg Rolls
Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce
Other appetizer options include Salad Rolls with fresh vegetables in soft rice paper, Crab puffs, which are savory combinations of crab and cream cheese, Pot Stickers, which are deep fried dumplings, and may other choices.
One of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, is Thai Kung Pao with shrimp. This dish contains bamboo shoots, bell peppers, onions, carrots, peanuts and chili sauce.
Manat Saefung in the Kitchen at Thai Pod
Manat puts a lot of thought into his menu and into his cooking, often combining foods from other cultures into Thai fusion creations.
The Thai Kung Pao is a Thai/Chinese Fusion Example
This mixed vegetable dish with mango was an exciting addition to our meal. Each flavor was separate and distinct from all others. Thai Pod serves all kinds of noodle dishes, stir fries, salads, a wide selection of curries, and a large number of fried rice dishes, including the diner’s choice of chicken, pork, tofu or vegetables mixed in.
Last, but not least, are the dessert selections. Everything this restaurant delivers is delicious!
Fresh Sliced Mango with Sticky Rice
Thai Pod is open Monday through Friday from 11-3/ 4:30 – 9. On Fridays, they stay open an additional hour, and close at 10 PM. Saturday, the restaurant is open from 12-noon until 10 pm, and on Sundays, it is open from 4:30 until 9 PM. They have a nice selection of Thai and American beer selections, as well as plenty of wine offerings from which to choose.
Street parking is available in front of the restaurant, but scarce. However, ample street parking exists just around the corner.
Thai Pod will offer full-serving catering in the future, but for now, the restaurant offers it on a pick up basis only. Be sure to give them several hours notice to prepare large orders prior to pickup time.
Remember, Thai Pod is a family owned and operated business. Not many people know about it yet, but soon, we anticipate seeing the place packed with satisfied diners. You don’t want to miss out on this great food, folks!