Mmmmmm…. Heaven is definitely a state of mind!
Last night, being SO done with Thanksgiving leftovers (not to dock Thanksgiving, it was such a lovely and beautiful evening – thanks, Rachel!), I was craving some spice and some heat. All that sweet, that carb, that dessert in me… I just needed some spice, some warmth, a good kick!
I knew I wanted some spicy soup… so I started rummaging through my “menu cubby” and went through all the take-out places I’ve collected menus from on cold, rainy, cozy days like these. I’ve never been to the Star of Siam, but I kept the menu they left on my door with a rubberband, which I appreciated because they don’t get stuck in my screen door like the other eternal advertisements that stay trapped there. I would have scrapped the advertisement if they did the rude Domino’s thing and let it slide down into the door – never to be seen again. Domino’s jerks! But where was I?
Anyway, I start reading the menu and was happily surprised to see an extensive vegetarian section! Woohoo! I went to town… I called and asked about everything. I was hungry, delirious and I had a mad craving for something good, spicy and Thai. I sincerely believe Thailand has the best food in the world. Just like I believe Brazilians have the best music in the world (and potentially the best-looking men, but that’s another conversation). It’s just how it is. They were very sweet on the phone and allowed me to ask about the vegan options and patiently break down the ingredients list for me (they would use water instead of chicken broth, etc).
I ordered a small spicy coconut milk soup, that came with mushrooms and an assortment of veggies, with a small order of rice on the side. Thanks to my ex-boyfriend, I rarely can eat a whole bowl of soup without a side of rice to go with and into it. Haha, like a good Nicaraguan, that’s how I role now – even though I am anything but Nicaraguan and the best thing I’ve ever done for myself was get rid of that energy vampire. I love the people and I love the food (I lived just south of them for awhile: Costa Rica. A different world, but I digress..). My ex was somewhat of an anomaly; I love everything else about Nicaragua except for him lol. So yes, I’m grateful to have my rice swimming in soup and to be doing my thing without his… shortcomings (and what he had accurately labeled as “foolishness”)…holding me back. Oh, it’s so good to be free from that! Life is good and life is love ❤
Back to the soup! I was happy to drive over and pick up my soup (which was warm and ready once I got there – no waiting). The awesome owners (who have been running Star of Siam for 25 years and were voted best Thai in LB by the Press Telegram) went through my order with me and were so sweet. I loved them instantly. I didn’t have cash, and so I needed to pay a little extra to use my card with the $10 minimum (I was surprised my order was so cheap for a hearty-sized “small” order of soup). I ordered some Thai Iced Tea, without the milk in it, paid and drove it home.
I got home and oh, man…
I was not expecting to be so disarmed by the pleasant and delicious aroma and taste! It was like being back in Thailand but – I dare say – better (yes, I said it!). Ahhh…. taste bud climaxes and longing for more! I couldn’t finish the small, it was just too much food for dinner, but I cannot describe what an amazing discovery that soup was! It’s officially my favorite soup – ever. Hands down. I’m an instant convert. Oh, just give me a blissful experience like that and there goes all my loyalty I once had to my mama’s old holiday pecan pie cookies (peace out!).
That soup was so damn good, it sent me on a long internet search for other vegan versions of it. But it’s so good, so affordable, so filling and so convenient (just two miles from my home here in Belmont Shore), why would I want to make it on my own? OK, because I’m crazy and I just want to know how to cook everything hehe. I can’t believe this restaurant is so close to me (and just a couple businesses away from where I pick up copies of RLN on a regular basis) and I’ve never been there!
All I can say is: Thanks Thai Food Flyer Guy!!! Whoever and wherever you are! I love you!!! xoxo I vow to never be annoyed by those little restaurant flyers people leave on my door (as long as they don’t inspire me to irate four-letter words when they drop them into irretrievable “no man’s land” in the screen door – please be considerate).
I can’t remember the last time I’ve been that ecstatically satisfied with a new dish. Mmmmmm. I start daydreaming just thinking about it, and I’m not even hungry! Seriously, I just don’t understand how it was so good. If someone were to tell me “You know what? You’re addicted to that shit because they put heroine, MSG and anti-freeze in it!” I’d probably still go and order it again and again… it’d still be vegan, wouldn’t it?
The Thai iced tea (my favorite tea in the world – end of story) that I took home to put in some almond milk just finished me off then knocked me out. Food coma. Smiling, warm, content food coma…. Ahhhh…. Great stuff! And I wasn’t a gross-full. I was a happy-full. It was that good full feeling, like I had an awesome meal, but not suffering for it. There’s no such thing as bad sex (it’s kinda like pizza… it’s still pizza at the end of the day and therefore good stuff), but I will say I prefer this soup to the last guy I screwed. Not the men preceding him, but this soup was definitely better than that last guy I had.
Sorry, TMI… moving along!
Why is Thai food and Thai tea so good????? I just don’t understand. It’s so good here I am on my blog rambling about how awesome it is. Geez! Last night was one of the best (mmmm) and simple meals of my life (no cooking, no dishes, no bells or whistles… just plain good stuff!). Why does Thai food do me that way it does? I don’t know and I don’t care. It’s just good; that’s all there is to it.
Star of Siam is the shit! =D (in a good way, of course). So thankful I didn’t have Thanksgiving leftovers. Complete gratitude. Mmmmmmm….. coconut soup….. mmmmmm vegan happiness hehehehehe