Noi’s Thai Kitchen

After doing some research and communication I ventured out and tried a restaurant for the second time, but first time in their new location. I wanted Thai food again and I had to make sure not to instigate my food allergies, and I found a place in St. Helens that makes a dish that is 100% safe for my allergies.

Noi’s Thai Kitchen makes a dish called Chicken Larb (ground chicken in Thai Basil lime dressing, onion, carrot, cilantro, and mint, served with cucumber and lettuce). I tell you what this is some damn fine eating. I went to their location, walked in, and placed my order (minding the current COVID requirements), and was very excited to try this new dish (first time I have had Larb).

With each bite, you were given a salty, minty, earthy, sweet, tangy, with an array of vibrant greens, yellows, whites, off-white, and orange. The aroma was zesty from the onion, sweet from the cucumber and carrots, earthy from the lettuce, anise from the Thai Basil, minty, and grainy/grassy from the rice. So far, I have yet to take a bit, and I’m quite excited about my choice for lunch. I peel a piece of lettuce, tear a couple of mint leaves and place them into the lettuce, then scooped a spoonful of the Larb and placed it in the lettuce (think about making a taco at this point). Topped it off with a scoop of rice, folded the lettuce, and took my first bite. Holy cow, shut the front door. Had I not been sitting down, I would have crumpled at the knees. The textures kept my taste buds happy, my brain engaged. Crunchy from the carrots and onions, moist, fibrous from the lettuce, and each bite had an amazing snap from the fresh lettuce. First serving down, had to try another. Made it the same way as the first one, and again, the explosion of textures, but this time I was able to focus on the flavor. Tell you what, the flavor is not lacking in this dish. With each bite, you were given a salty, minty, earthy, sweet, tangy, and fresh flavor profile. Chewing the food, your taste buds experienced all the flavors, and the dish presented itself on all zones (tip, sides, mid, back) of your tongue. The dish can easily feed two people, I couldn’t stop eating it until I noticed I had consumed a dish meant for two. Had to loosen the notch on my belt if you know what I mean.

This was my first time having a Larb dish, and I could not have picked a better place for such an experience. Oh, where is Noi’s you ask? They are located in St. Helens, where Kuy’s used to be.

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