By Kelsey R.
I never gave Thai food a fighting chance. I have eaten Thai food before but usually my friends’ make the decision, and I order something safe. As I walk into Sukhotai at 398 Harrisburg Pike Lancaster PA, I decide I am going to embrace the opportunity that is ahead of me. Going alone was not an option for this experience. I needed someone who could push my palate, so I invited my friend Misty to join me.
I approach the table and see hot Jasmine tea and some kind of beautiful orange ice drink already sitting on the table. Misty and I sit down, pour ourselves some hot tea, and begin discussing what we should order. I tell Misty that we should have the waiter pick our whole meal. I am already impressed with the beverages! The waiter comes over and asks how we would like to go about ordering. I tell him we would like to try anything that is an absolute favorite.
Curries are a popular entrée. Sukothai offers different levels of spice. I personally could eat any spicy food, but I had to consider Misty in all of my decision making. We choose the Red Curry which has coconut milk, cauliflower, red bell peppers, onion, bamboo (what!?), carrot, broccoli, and basil leaves. Misty says to add some chicken into the curry as well. The waiter says to get the Coconut Soup. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that the Coconut Soup was the last appetizer I would have picked. But before I can even suggest something else, Misty says “Yes!” to the soup. Okay then. I remind myself that I am expanding my palate. Along with the soup we also order Crab Wontons because those are my ultimate favorite!
Misty and I chat a little bit. We are former co-workers who took different career paths a couple of years ago. Misty and I go out to dinner at least once a month, so I was happy she was able to experience Sukhothai with me for the first time.
I tell Misty that she can have the Coconut Soup when it comes out because I would probably hate it. She says I can have the curry.
Our Crab Wontons come out first. The wontons have crispy bubbles on the outside. The inside is, of course, filled with crab and cream cheese. I start pulling about my wonton when Misty says, “Look how light the crab is!” Inside is the perfect combination of fluffy crab bits and soft cream cheese. Delicious! There is dipping sauce that we both ignore unintentionally as we gobble down the wontons.
The Red Curry and Coconut Soup come out together. Both of which Misty and me are not super excited to try. I pour a small amount of soup into an extra bowl. I hesitantly begin my first slurp. I cannot emphasize enough how much I dislike coconut, so when I say that this soup is fabulous, it truly is no joke! The soup is absolutely scrumptious! The broth is seasoned and milky. The soup is most certainly coconut flavored which tastes so wonderful to me. Maybe my palate has changed? Maybe Sukhothai has cured my coconut fear!
I give Misty the Coconut Soup. She has the bigger portion as I start digging into the Red Curry. I am eating the chicken when Misty says, “This soup is amazing!” Yes! It is! Everyone needs to try this soup. It is life-changing! I give Misty some curry and warn her that it is spicy (which is exactly how I like it) but still very good.
Misty eats the curry and agrees that it is great but has a lot of spice. The chicken was a nice addition. It held a lot of flavor and paired well with the rice and vegetables. She says the soup filled her up. We picked a little more at the curry and continue chatting. I tell Misty that I will take the curry home and have it for lunch the next day.
Misty asks me if we are getting dessert, and I tell her absolutely! The waiter brings out Mango with Sticky Rice which is a mango dessert with brown rice on the bottom. He also brings out fried ice cream. I hand Misty the Mango with Sticky Rice. We talk about the design carved into the dessert. How did they do that? Misty reports that the dessert is so good. She takes a picture and posts it on Facebook. I am eating the fried ice cream. I love the texture and crunchiness. Misty tries a sample, but I take it back to eat for myself. We are stuffed and pleasantly surprised!
If you are skeptical about trying Thai food, then Sukhothai is the place you need to go. It will give you a Thai experience that you will love! You will be itching to go back. Dining in is a wonderful experience because the staff gives so much care to their customers. Make sure you try the Coconut Soup and dessert. Take some friends who can help you finish your meal, too! There is enough spice and deliciousness to go around!
Hi everyone, I want to share a few things about myself. I have lived in Lancaster County my entire life.
I went to The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and received a Bachelors in English Education and Writing. Currently, I am working as a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway, and of course I am doing some writing on the side! I live with my wonderful cat, Waffle in Lancaster City. Besides working and playing with my cat I also read and practice yoga.