Food Porn Friday | Thai by Sushi on Fire | Fountain Valley

Friday, October 11, 2013


I don’t often need fine dining to whet such a ravenous appetite. Can you imagine what great lengths le bf must stretch to feed this habitually hangry body? Sometimes you just need something quick, easy, and located within a few miles of your home (actually right across the street from the hotel we stayed at). Enter Thai by Sushi on Fire.
  If y’all have ever dined down Main St. at Huntington Beach, I’m sure you’re familiar with the always crazy packed sushi spot towards the end of the strip “Sushi on Fire.” Heralded by locals as one of their fave sushi haunts (for the scene not for the choice cuts) the Thai/Chinese owners have now branched outta the boardwalk and straight into suburbia. Here’s what they’re serving up y’all:

Chicken Pad Thai (above): I’m not much of a shrimp lover so I always order my noodles with just chicken. Such a traditional staple for every Thai meal, Pad Thai is flavored with tamarind for that tangy kick and loads of sugar to sweeten it up. Their Pad Thai has the perfect consistency, staying sticky-icky (without coagulating) down to the very last bite. Flavors are right on point and one of the most traditional (albeit very westernized) items on their menu.

Crying Tiger: Here’s where it starts going downhill. Angus strip steak with signature “so hot you’ll cry sauce” barely registers on the spicy Richter scale. No char, no flavor, just bleh! This dish weighs heavily on the sauce so when that misses the mark, the flavors straight FAIL!

Papaya salad with shrimp: Julienned slivers of fresh papaya always start a Thai meal off right. Like a salad course you order before the protein plates. VERY mild in comparison to what you’d order in a mom and pop shop. We had to douse our salad with TONS of extra hot sauce, fish sauce, and pickled jalapeno, whatever condiments we found lying on the table went straight into this dish. Don’t you hate it when you have to season the meal yourself? If I wanted to cook when dining out I'd have gone straight to shabu y'all! Eh, next….

Soft shell crab in tamarind sauce: They offer a plain flash fried soft shell crab dish on their appetizer menu; however I much prefer this option with the tamarind based sauce with basil and red bell peppers. The sweet peppers, salty basil, and tangy tamarind are a nice balance for something so heavy. Love that they load this dish with chopped garlic so every bite packs a nice punch. One of the better specialties and a must order if you like crab.


Sautéed curry green beans with tofu: Tastes like it looks: Greasy! Green beans have the tendency to absorb a lot of oil when it’s wok-fried. You avoid this issue by quickly blanching the beans so it doesn’t soften up and remains al dente through the course. If overcooked, the beans get super mushy allowing everything including oil, sauces, salt, seasonings, etc. to penetrate the coat. They definitely cooked their beans beautifully but where they missed the mark is over-frying the already fried tofu with so much curry paste you’d have think you dined at Tandoori India Cuisine with this concoction. Not a fan!

Thai by Sushi on Fire
17431 Brookhurst St. Ste A
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 593-1511

*Insider's tip: Overall expect a very mild and tempered version of traditional Thai and you’ll be fine. The extensive menu is sure to please the masses and with fair pricing and a beer/wine/sake menu to boot, it’s still a good choice for family style meals where everyone gets full and fed for approximately $20pp while sampling a smorgasbord of food. Not bad for a taste of Thai from the peeps that brought you sushi by the sea!*

Happy Friday my loves!
Hope your weekend’s off to the most delectable start!

Bon appétit mes amis!

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Give it to me...gimme that funk, that sweet, that gushy stuff

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