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Sticky Rice, Sticky Rice - where for art thou??!!
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  • Post #91 - April 8th, 2015, 3:43 pm
    Post #91 - April 8th, 2015, 3:43 pm Post #91 - April 8th, 2015, 3:43 pm
    This is just to say, last night Sticky delivered me the finest version of gang hung lay I have ever had, whether from Sticky, Thai Town's best in LA or any other place. More pork, more fat, more ginger, more garlic, more fish sauce, more cooking time, more browning, more balance, more flavor, more color. If I'd been given the same thing at Publican or Avec or Fat Rice (any of which could make sense with this dish) and been charged 4 times as much I would be just as happy, though poorer. It was a nice surprise after a week in the allegedly gourmand Colorado ski town of Telluride (otherwise a splendid place) eating crap (except for the remarkable Detroit-style pizza at Brown Dog which kicks ass by any standard, improbably). I'm not sensing any great change in the kitchen; maybe Sticky is upping their game a little; maybe I hit an "up" at a place that has its ups and downs.
  • Post #92 - April 8th, 2015, 4:22 pm
    Post #92 - April 8th, 2015, 4:22 pm Post #92 - April 8th, 2015, 4:22 pm
    Delighted to hear all the recent great reports. Is anyone aware of a recent change in the kitchen? Perhaps a master hand has once again returned to the kitchen.
  • Post #93 - July 30th, 2015, 10:41 am
    Post #93 - July 30th, 2015, 10:41 am Post #93 - July 30th, 2015, 10:41 am
    I have friends that want to go here rather than other Thai mainstays. I don't see that oxtail stew on the online menu? Are the recommendations in this thread still good despite reports of falling quality at least at one point?
  • Post #94 - July 30th, 2015, 12:23 pm
    Post #94 - July 30th, 2015, 12:23 pm Post #94 - July 30th, 2015, 12:23 pm
    botd wrote:I have friends that want to go here rather than other Thai mainstays. I don't see that oxtail stew on the online menu? Are the recommendations in this thread still good despite reports of falling quality at least at one point?

    Sticky Rice can be up or down, but if it's any consolation, I find that it's more often up than down . . . and they offer some dishes not offered at the other Thai spots in town, making it more than worthwhile.
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #95 - August 1st, 2015, 9:56 pm
    Post #95 - August 1st, 2015, 9:56 pm Post #95 - August 1st, 2015, 9:56 pm
    I MUST add to JeffB's comment
    about Sticky's Gang Hung Lay- MAN-
    what a great bowl-of-Yumm"(to borrow a phrase from Chicago Actor/Comedian Jeff Garlin )
    Apologies for the odd color cast?!- My Lumix-DMC-LX5 usually never disappoints??! :x
    ImageGang HUNG Lay + "Thai-spicy" please by R. Kramer, on Flickr

    Another "must" on our rotation are the GARLIC SPARE RIBS!
    Oh-so-good!
    ImageGarlic Spare Ribs + "Thai-Spicy, please" by R. Kramer, on Flickr
    and
    another of our go to dishes there is the Nam-Khao-Todd (Crispy Rice Salad)
    ImageCrispy Rice Salad (Nam Khao Tod) "Thai-Spicy"- please by R. Kramer, on Flickr

    Always use the phrase-that-pays....Thai-Spicy-please! to get a comforting heat level.
    Sticky-Rice- never disappoints us with their consistency.
  • Post #96 - August 3rd, 2015, 7:05 am
    Post #96 - August 3rd, 2015, 7:05 am Post #96 - August 3rd, 2015, 7:05 am
    I thought I would report in on our meal:

    Nam Khao Tod - I found Rainbow's version vastly superior in just about every way, better crispy rice, better sour flavor and so on. In fact the other three people barely touched it.

    Garlic Quail - This was fantastic and for my money tastier than any Gai Tod. Crispy quail in a sweet soy marinade with bits of fried garlic strewn about on top hits all my buttons. I have no idea why this has no description on the menu. The only problem here, and this includes pretty much every dish, the portion was very skimpy especially considering how bony quail is.

    Gaeng Haeng Lay - This was good, but nothing mind blowing. It had seemingly little in common with the one I made from David Thompson's cookbook which is bursting with obscene amounts of pickled garlic, fresh ginger, turmeric and actual spice.

    Yum Eggplant - Fairly disappointing. The dressing had no punch and the portion was tiny.

    Shrimp in Pot - Solid, but not spectacular. Again, I made a very similar dish Thompson's Street Food that was clearly superior in just about every way and it couldn't be easier, so Sticky Rice's rather mundane version disappointed at some level.

    I don't really see much reason to hit Sticky Rice with great places like Aroy, Rainbow and Andy's around. It's actually a bit inconvenient to get to since unlike the other three it is not immediately off the brown line.
  • Post #97 - August 3rd, 2015, 9:15 am
    Post #97 - August 3rd, 2015, 9:15 am Post #97 - August 3rd, 2015, 9:15 am
    botd wrote:Gaeng Haeng Lay - This was good, but nothing mind blowing. It had seemingly little in common with the one I made from David Thompson's cookbook which is bursting with obscene amounts of pickled garlic, fresh ginger, turmeric and actual spice.

    . . . .

    I don't really see much reason to hit Sticky Rice with great places like Aroy, Rainbow and Andy's around. It's actually a bit inconvenient to get to since unlike the other three it is not immediately off the brown line.

    Sticky Rice is the only Thai restaurant I've been to in Chicago that has made this dish, and though it sometimes varies in quality, I think it's very good . . . at it's best, not so far off versions I tasted in Chiang Mai. And I have had no issues with finding pickled garlic and galangal (not ginger). But Sticky Rice offers a number of other dishes you will not find elsewhere in Chicago.

    As far as Thompson's version, I have to admit it's not my favorite . . . a little five-spice heavy for my palate, though of course this can be adjusted.
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #98 - December 19th, 2015, 7:35 pm
    Post #98 - December 19th, 2015, 7:35 pm Post #98 - December 19th, 2015, 7:35 pm
    Two- very good reasons to go to Sticky Rice.........

    ImageSticky Rice= THE BEST Chicago Thai restaurant of Chiang Mai region of Thailand by R. Kramer, on Flickr
    Garlic Spare Ribs-ordered "Thai Spicy" please...
    &
    ImageSticky Rice= THE BEST Chicago Thai restaurant of Chiang Mai region of Thailand by R. Kramer, on Flickr
    Spare Ribs (more like Rib Tips, actually) w/ Garlic Sauce- very very savory.
    &
    ImageSticky Rice= THE BEST Chicago Thai restaurant of Chiang Mai region of Thailand by R. Kramer, on Flickr
    Pad Siew-w/Chicken- Noodles Requested Crispy + Thai Spicy, please!

    In case you haven't been lately- we think- that Sticky Rice is still at the top of their game!
    And- these are two of their most spectacular dishes - we always enjoy there!
  • Post #99 - November 30th, 2018, 10:11 am
    Post #99 - November 30th, 2018, 10:11 am Post #99 - November 30th, 2018, 10:11 am
    In advent of the Holiday Party at Aroy, I've been visiting other once-and-future board Thai favorites. Sticky Rice has generally always gotten it done for me, and the layers of flavor this week even in a simple meal were right on: deep and not-oversweet Thai iced tea, tom yum with snappy vegetables, lots of sour lime, and a bouquet of fresh cilantro (all much better than ATK's effort with tomato, red pepper flakes, and indifferently cut veg), Crying Tiger intensely colorful and garlicked if dry, though tender*. One of my favorite elements of Thai is the scratch specific dipping sauces for different dishes even when those dishes are sometimes standardized-frozen at some places, and Sticky Rice always seems to go for it, with intense tang or smokiness or herbal redolence. I've had nothing but pleasant, calm service in the "warmer" interior than their original configuration.

    *anyone happening to be in MSP for the holidays should try Karta Thai's rendition, one of my favorites, and their som tum is on point, reminiscent of Sala Bua.
  • Post #100 - November 30th, 2018, 2:50 pm
    Post #100 - November 30th, 2018, 2:50 pm Post #100 - November 30th, 2018, 2:50 pm
    Santander wrote:*anyone happening to be in MSP for the holidays should try Karta Thai's rendition, one of my favorites, and their som tum is on point, reminiscent of Sala Bua.

    Just returned from St. Paul a very short bit ago . . . I wish you had posted this yesterday! Good thing is (or maybe not so much since it's for work) I'll almost certainly be returning.
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago

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