You know that Sunoco on the corner of College and Sabattus, next to Cupcakery and Pure Thai? Have you ever noticed that the sign at this gas station always says things like “Curry Puffs, $ 1.50, Pad Thai, $ 5.99?” I used to be confused by this sign. But in this episode of “Robby likes to eat at gas stations,” we cover Tina Thai.
Why, I asked, does this gas station have all of my favorite Thai food? Well the answer is because Tina has her restaurant in this gas station, and Tina makes the best Thai food in Lewiston. No disrespect for Pure Thai, Orchid or Bua – you all have my heart – and certainly no disrespect for Mu Noi (I miss you terribly) – you are all great companies with great people, and I am all for it. made about it. But you are not Tina.
Listen, I’m going to tell you more about my deep love for this establishment, but if you don’t have a lot of time, or you’re bored or whatever, here’s the deal: if you want quality Thai food. at cheap prices, very close to campus and quite quickly you have to call Tina.
Tina grew up in Thailand and married a man who was a high profile chef in Thailand, before being invited to cook for a restaurant in the United States. That was in the 1970s. After about 15 years bouncing from restaurant to restaurant in every corner of the Northeast, you can imagine, from Newburyport to Dutch Pennsylvania, Tina is in Lewiston, and she’s making her own. thing. And her own thing is delicious.
“It took me a long time to find a good location,” Tina explained, “and I was hesitant to open here, as there is another Thai restaurant across the street, but I think the food we prepare is different. It’s more street food. I totally agree.
When I asked if being in the US for so long had changed her cooking methods, Tina responded by preparing me to eat, which is perhaps the best answer to a question I have. never received.
Eating twice a week and all, I thought I had a pretty good knowledge of Thai food, but I had never had chicken gra prao, which was cooked for me yesterday. I texted my roommates, “Free thai food upstairs, I can’t finish it all” before trying the chicken gra prao, which must have made them a lot more annoying when they got down. ventured upstairs to dig into my empty plate. It was really good. Like, really good. Crispy chicken gra prao, egg on it.
And I haven’t even gotten to the curry puffs yet. Oh my God, the curry puffs. If you’ve never had a curry puff before, welcome to heaven. Imagine a smooth, flaky crust, with a pasty interior, followed by a mild and slightly sweet flavor of spice, chicken and potato, sliding into your mouth bite after bite. And they’re $ 1.50 each. Which means you can buy at least five without breaking the bank beyond the cost of a common meal.
(Is it five? Who knows, I’m a rhetoric student. But I know it’s good.)
It’s cheap, it’s quick, and it’s delicious. Really, really delicious. So get down there. Seriously trust me on this. It’s like a 10 minute walk or a 30 second commute. What have you got to lose