Wednesday, October 12th

Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine

Saps Fine Thai Cuisine, Austin Texas

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?

Mieng Kum at Saps, Austin Texas

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:

Keow Wan Curry at Saps, Austin Texas

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.

Yum Guay Teaw at Sap's, Austin Texas

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.

Pad Spaghetti Kee Mao at Sap's, Austin Texas

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.

Pineapple Fried Rice at Sap's, Austin Texas

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.

Moo Ping at Sap's, Austin Texas

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?

2 Responses

  1. Kristin says:

    Yum! I’m craving Thai and actually passed Sap’s today on Burnet and thought… I need to try that place. I also haven’t been to Madam Mam’s, do you have a preference?

  2. Three cheers for moo ping!

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