All along South 1 students looking for an oriental culinary experience might well feel overwhelmed by this barrage. With a little patience, however, it’s not long before Ann’s Thai Kitchen pops up at 3309 South First.
For those who long to escape the Bean on a Friday night but don’t want to subject their stomachs to burgers, Ann’s is little short of a godsend. Departing from the stereotypical Asian fare of fried rice and noodles, Thai food consists mainly of creamy curry dishes.
Much like Indian cuisine, a typical Thai dish found here is a succulent sort of stew with the consistency of white gravy and flavored with coconut, tomato, spices, herbs, and any number of other addictive tastes. The guest can choose from chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, vegetables, and other dishes, which are usually served alongside a generous mound of rice.
What should a first time visitor consider having? One might begin with authentic Thai Iced Tea, a chilled Asian tea mixed with milk and sugar that tastes more like a gourmet coffeehouse drink than typical Texan iced tea. Students who frequent Ann’s recommend trying the Panang Curry, a richly flavorful classic that mixes coconut, coriander, and other enticing ingredients. Diners are given the choice of spiciness for their meal, and choosing three out of five stars gives the panang plenty of multi-layered intrigue without scorching the taste buds. If there’s time to spare afterwards, visitors can order a bottomless pot of steaming Jasmine Tea, a wonderfully fragrant and subtle beverage that will appeal even to non-tea-lovers.
Regardless of how much experience a student has with Asian food, even first-timers can treat themselves to some delicious variety. Ann’s Thai Kitchen is refreshingly tasty, authentic, and cultured, and is sure to please newcomers and connoisseurs alike.
Go! Ann’s is a great option for students looking to expand their palates and experience a new culture. The food is delicious and the prices are reasonable.