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Steal and Splurge: Pad Thai at Som’s Noodle House and People’s Palace

April 17, 2017
When you have that special craving for a particular something, Steal and Splurge informs you on our bet for budgets big and small.

Pad Thai is likely one of the first dishes that comes to many Filipinos (if not most people outside of Thailand) minds when you are prompted to think of Thai food. A local favorite of the regional cuisine, Pad Thai hits all the right spots on dishes we adore: noodles, eggs, fried. One of Thailand’s national dishes, this stir-fried noodle dish has become emblematic of Thai cuisine as its palatability is either already suitable or easily adaptable to varying diets.

Here are top Pad Thai bets for your budget.

STEAL: SOM’S NOODLE HOUSE Pad Thai

PHP230 for chicken pad thai or PHP250 for seafood pad thai at Som’s Noodle House.

A clean, light, not overly oily, and—okay, we won’t sugarcoat it—less flavorful Pad Thai can be found at Som’s Noodle Kitchen in “Backwell” (or the area behind Rockwell) or Brgy. Poblacion. The flat noodles are a bit on the gooey side, and the overall dish is minimal in its flavors, but the latter does make it easy to go HAM on the noodles, so the subtlety works. Watch out though—it’s easy to overeat because of the same reason too. You get a pretty big serving so we recommend sharing it. This version is likely more closely similar to the street food Pad Thai you’ll find in Thailand. Served with calamansi instead of a lime, they aren’t afraid to give it a hometown taste that gives it a touch of comfort too.

SPLURGE: People’s Palace Pad Thai

PHP420 for phad thai with prawn, chicken, tofu and bean sprouts at People’s Palace.

People’s Palace’s version of Phad Thai (yes, they are the same dish though the spelling varies) is everything that the Som’s version is not: heavy on the flavors, if not completely doused in it. Every bite is an explosion of its flavors: soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, lime, chili, cilantro, peanuts, egg, tofu, shrimp, chicken. Oily, rich, with narrower yet thicker noodles that are more on the al dente (though still with the stickiness associated with rice noodles) side, People’s Palace’s Phad Thai is the kind of dish that will have you sweating as you work your way through it. Like our steal bet, People’s Palace’s serving is good for 2.

Think we missed out on a Pad Thai in Metro Manila that deserves a feature? Let us know in the comments below.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.
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