I found Chana Thai Kitchen by accident while looking for something else on the internet. It is right across the street from one of my favorite grocery stores, and I never noticed it before. This time we were joined by Miss E. – a person who possesses a set of unparalleled taste buds.
The first plate that came to our table was the Chicken Pad Thai – Sautéed rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, chives, and peanuts. The little chicken ordered this, and she loved it. I just got a micro-bite of it, and it was delicious. She took some home and had it for dinner, so it absolutely hit the spot.
Next, we had the Beef Larb – ground meat with fresh mints, scallions, toasted rice powder, dried chilies, and lime juice. This was the first time I tried larb, so I was totally unfamiliar with the taste profile. It was good, but there was a flavor in there that I could not pinpoint, maybe the toasted rice powder? The larb was served a little warm and was very pleasant, a dish that deserves further exploration.
The Thai style BBQ Chicken was delicious. I loved the seasoning and the color in this dish. I just wish that the chicken breast pieces were a little less dry. Overall, this chicken packed a punch of flavor, was a generous serving, and they tasted even better when we had the leftovers later in the day.
Miss E. ordered the Sautéed Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Pork. This dish also gets an “A” for flavor, but the texture of the pork was definitely not crispy – these succulent pieces of pork were drowned in a sauce that made them chewy. The taste was on point, the texture not so much.
Whenever the little chicken is at a Thai restaurant, Thai Doughnuts make an obligatory appearance at the table. These were beautiful and spectacular, the best we have ever had anywhere. They were served with the classic condensed milk and also with a pineapple sauce that was quite a wonder.
The Black Sticky Rice, Taro in Coconut Syrup was another winner – black rice swimming in a dense lake of coconut sauce was just simply fantastic.
Chana Thai Kitchen is a hidden gem located opposite The Falls Mall in Pinecrest. It has a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere, good food and modern décor – our waiter really took good care of us. The menu is big, so we will be back to try new things.
Chana Thai Kitchen
8739 SW 136th St, Miami, FL 33176