I like to drag everyone into this crazy food blogging thing that I do, which includes my family. I’m surprised anyone is still willing to go out to dinner with me, but the beauty of family is that they have to like you, no matter what. Sort of. Okay, well they put up less of a fuss at dinner when I whip out my camera than other people…I just get a lot of exasperated sighs.
But truly I am blessed to have a wonderful family that I honestly enjoy spending time with. So when my sister was home from college for the holidays I made it a point to spend as much time with her and my pops as possible. This included dinner out a couple times.
One night I was desperately wanting to go to Hakata Ramen Shin Sen Gumi so I dragged my dad and sister down to Rosemead. When we got there, though, the line was ridiculously out of control. My pa being the (extremely loveable) curmudgeon that he is, was not about to wait in an hour line for “ramen.” So the three of us walked around the strip mall to see what else there was. – not a ton, including a C grade pho place which had no customers and seemed a little sketchy.
BUT what we did stumble upon was Angel Thai House. I like Thai food…I don’t know a ton about the cuisine, or whether what I’m eating is even close to being authentic (the way that Panda Express is not authentic Chinese, ya know?) but I do know that 1) I like lime – thai food uses a lot of lime and 2) I LOOOOVVVVEEEE cilantro…and Thai food uses a lot of cilantro. Good enough for me.
The place is clean and bright, and has a rather large menu – although there were a couple of dishes we had wanted we did not get to try since apparently a large party had just been in and sort of cleaned them out.
We started with one of my personal favorite: Tom Kha Kai – spicy and sour coconut milk soup with chicken and mushrooms.
We also ordered beef satay – I was mildy unimpressed by their satay. Their peanut sauce was a little too…peanut buttery. Like they had scooped some JIF onto the plate. Beef was a little over done. But the peanut sauce was good with the toast that came on the plate! LOL!! (Sometimes I crack myself up….)
And what’s Thai food without a little curry? Panang curry is always a good stand-by and Angel House’s did not disappoint. Chicken with bell peppers, red curry, and peanut sauce and coconut milk.
We also ordered the Garlic Shrimp and Scallop – but it ended up being just garlic shrimp – since apparently the big party had cleared them out of scallops – sautéed in garlic herb sauce, with black pepper and onion. This was pretty yummy!
I would have to say the best dish of the whole evening was the Pla Neung Ma-Nao – steamed sea bass with garlic, ginger, green onion, chili and lime. They bring it out in this steaming, boiling thing over sterno – not only is it visually impressive, but it is absolutely delicious.
Overall a pretty good meal. If I’m in the area craving Thai food, I’d definitely stop by again.
Angel Thai House
8450 E. Valley Blvd. Suite 116
Rosemead, CA 91770