Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine was an early favorite when we moved to Austin. It was Madam Mam’s back then, but it had the same easy, casual service, lengthy menu, and incredibly spicy dishes. We ordered takeout once and settled on something unfamiliar with four peppers on the spice gauge (as opposed to items with seven) and couldn’t handle it. Thai spicy is perhaps the most hardcore, isn’t it?
My Asian Supper Club typically chooses Chinese or Vietnamese destinations, but we ventured to Sap’s for a change of pace. Unlike our other nights, we were uncertain as to what to order. We stuck to our individual favorites and ate our own meals rather than family style, which is normally our tradition. Of course we passed around plates and tasted each others meals, but it wasn’t quite the same.
My own go-to Thai dish is green curry. It is rich, spicy, and coconut-y. Luxurious in taste, but sadly not very photogenic. Let’s just get that photo out of the way now:
Full of bamboo shoots and basil, I opted to incorporate chicken this time. But it’s also great with shrimp or vegetarian. Served with rice, it’s a hearty meal that provides hearty leftovers. I was grateful to start with a light appetizer like the Mieng Kum, which hits all the sweet and tangy notes, and plenty of satisfying crunch.
The Yu Guay Teaw is a noodle dish made with honey, lime juice, lemongrass and chili. It was a little too sweet for my tastes. I prefer the Pad Spaghetti Kee Mao, a spicy stir fry topped with whatever protein you want.
Believe it or not, this was my first time trying Pineapple Fried Rice. Normally I wouldn’t tend toward a savory dish dotted with raisins and pineapple, but I found they provided the perfect backdrop against the tofu and salty egg and vegetables on the plate. It’s a classic that I would definitely get again.
The other big takeaway (for me) was the Moo Ping, which I think I’ll incorporate into my regular Thai rotation from now on. It’s an appetizer on the special menu, but perfectly suitable to be enjoyed as a healthy entree. A choice of marinated pork or chicken is served with raw salad veggies and a to-die-for spicy tamarind sauce. It’s a succulent dish that I may attempt to try at home.
Sap’s was our most expensive Asian Supper Club to date. It’s not a pricey place, but I guess our usual family-style ordering saves a few bucks. We normally walk out stuffed to the gills after each chipping in about $12.
Have you been to Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine? What are your favorite dishes?