There are some dishes I could eat every day. One of them is fried soft-shell crabs, and I ran into two Thai versions last week - at Rain (above) and Little Bangkok (below). Both were served as appetizers.
Although the crabs themselves were equally well prepared, I preferred Little Bangkok's version because of its mildly spicy curry sauce and "yum" salad. Rain certainly had the more dramatic version, with the crab stuck upright in a goblet, waving at me. There was the usual soy-based sauce on the side.
As I've found in earlier visits, the chef at Rain seems totally in love with sugar. In fact, my lunch companion Rose, her teeth tingling, sent her chicken and mushroom soup back to the kitchen to exchange it for the miso. (Both are offered with the $8 lunch specials.)
Likewise, my crab was anchored in a bed of flour crumbles that could pass for the stuff at the bottom of a box of Cracker Jacks. These reappeared on the sushi lunch plate, which was otherwise pretty good. (Rain serves Japanese food, including sushi, as well as Thai.)
My dinner at Little Bangkok with friends was great, as usual. After the crab, I dug into my favorite - the green curry chicken. I've loved it for years, but I gotta say that Spoon's is better these days, especially if you like it fiery-hot.
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