George Bernard Shaw was once quoted as saying, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
The great playwright may never have stopped in Dover, but if he did, he’d have found a restaurant as steeped in Thai culinary tradition as any in the heart of Thailand’s capital city.
Bangkok Thai Cuisine, in the Dover Mart shopping center, opened seven months ago, and offers lunches and dinners priced from $9.95 to $11.95, plus additional specialties for a few dollars extra. Lunch specials are available for $7.95.
The restaurant is owned by Thai native Sopita Limphong, and is managed by her sister, Pattareeya “Jang” Finger, along with her husband, John, who also was born in Thailand.
“There are many Thai restaurants in places like New York,” Jang said, “but there were only five or so in Delaware. My sister decided Dover should have another one.”
Diners will find Bangkok Thai Cuisine to be a small restaurant, fronted by a large plate glass window which lets in natural light. The walls are decorated with mirrors, and photographs and paintings of Thailand, the two largest of which were done by Jang’s father.
Thai food is known for its spiciness, something Bangkok Thai Cuisine offers in spades.
“Many of our customers order now and they want it ‘hot’,” John said. “We offer four varieties — mild, medium, hot and ‘Thai hot.’
“We have a lot of people come in who want it ‘Thai hot,’ and that’s too hot, even for me,” he said.
One unusual-sounding dish is Thai drunken noodles, made with a choice of beef, pork or chicken, with wide noodles, basil, onion, carrots, tomatoes — and chilies.
The name comes from the belief the combination of ingredients helps shake off the effects of having too much to drink, John said.
But just because it’s Thai food, doesn’t mean it has to be spicy, Jang added.
The restaurant features a number of desserts, including a fried banana and ice cream.
Bangkok Thai Cuisine, in the Dover Mart shopping center at 266 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed Sundays.
For more information, call 736-1606.
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