Orthogonal Thought | Random musings from the creator of Cooking For Engineers and Lead Architect of Fanpop





What I Ate: May 24, 2009 (Madam Mam's Fine Thai Cuisine)

Posted 24 May, 2009 at 9:02pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Lunch: Madam Mam's Fine Thai Cuisine (4514 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX‎ - (512) 899-8525‎). The building is really pink.
Madam Mam’s Thai Cuisine

Tod Mun Pla Grai - spicy fish cakes (ground fish mixed with Thai spices, magrood leaf and chopped green bean) served with sweet & sour cucumber sauce topped with ground peanut.
Madam Mam’s Thai Cuisine - Spicy fish balls

Pad Thai (Pork) - Rice stick noodle stir-fried with meat, egg, sweet pickled radish, small fresh tofu, bean sprout, and crushed peanut in a very tasty, tangy and a bit of sweet sauce served with bean sprout. It's ugly, but tasted okay. At first, I thought I'd be telling you that it tasted good, but as the meal went on and I got used to the initial spiciness, the pad thai became too sweet.
Madam Mam’s Thai Cuisine - Pad Thai

Keow Wan Curry (Chicken) - Thai green curry w/bamboo shoot, Thai basil, hot & spicy. Served w/rice.
Madam Mam’s Thai Cuisine - Green Curry with Chicken

Pad Ma Kur Yaow - Stir-fried Thai purple eggplant w/mixed soy sauce, jalapenos, and Thai basil, served w/rice.
Madam Mam’s Thai Cuisine - Eggplant with Basil

Almost everything started off nicely spicy, but, as we got used to the spice, all the dishes became sickly sweet. We had to stop eating once we got through about half of the food.

Dinner: I cooked star shaped pasta (haven't found orzo yet) in a risotto-style with asparagus and shrimp. I had only cheap grated Parmesan cheese on hand and mixing it into the pasta like I normally do didn't work. The cheese clumped up and formed a few lumps. Serves me right using crappy cheese - when making pasta always use real Parmigiana Reggiano!
Asparagus and Shrimp Pasta

5 comments to What I Ate: May 24, 2009 (Madam Mam's Fine Thai Cuisine)

Don, May 25th, 2009 at 6:14 am:

  • That is a pretty unattractive pad thai dish. I've never seen one completely lacking in green.

Michael Chu, May 25th, 2009 at 10:11 am:

  • I raised an eyebrow when that pad thai landed on the table. Worst pad thai presentation ever.

Nate, May 26th, 2009 at 7:24 am:

  • That's the thing that really distresses me about American Thai food - how sickly sweet everything is. If we're trying out a new Thai restaurant, we always ask them to make it authentic and not heavy on the sugar.

Bobbi, June 9th, 2009 at 12:42 am:

  • The fish cakes looked good, how were they? Good thing we have a kaffir lime tree and grow our own Thai Basil, I like to make my own stuff but thankfully in San Diego haven't had the sweetness issue. About the lack of orzo; I was having a problem and the prices I found when I did find orzo was about $7 a lb but you should be able to find the melon seed pasta in the Mexican section of the store; it looks the same. I picked it up and plan on making a salad with it . Hth.

Michael Chu, June 9th, 2009 at 10:02 am:

  • They were pretty good - but after the second one I could feel the sweetness. Mostly they started off spicy - the dipping sauce was gingery and went well with the cake.