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I’d go back to Tong-D restaurant off of County Road on Bosworth Street, near the Barrington Shopping Center, just for the Thai iced tea. You’ve got to try it if you’ve never sipped a tall glass of it. Absolutely delicious!
“Thai tea” is black tea sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled. Just before serving, evaporated milk, coconut milk or whole milk is poured into the tea and ice. It gives it a creamy taste and appearance.
Of course, I can’t go into Tong-D and not eat. I usually pick a noodle or rice dish, often with shrimp or chicken and vegetable. I think I have sampled most of them.
Pad Thai may be the best-known of all the Thai dishes. It mixes rice noodles, eggs, scallions, turnips, bean sprouts and minced peanuts.
But my favorite dish may be Pineapple Fried Rice. Fresh pineapple (my favorite fruit) is blended with peas, onions, carrots, tomatoes, eggs, toasted cashews (my favorite nut) and curry powder.
Of course, I would not turn down Pad Kee-Mow (wide rice noodle, onion, egg, pepper and sweet basil), Pad See-Ew (wide rice noodle, broccoli, carrot and egg) or Tong-D Fried Rice (egg, onion, carrot, peas, tomato and scallion).
I’ll admit. I’ve never eaten lunch at Tong-D. But they do have lunch as well as dinner hours.
I judge a restaurant in many ways. If a place is filled with people every time I go in, I always figure that’s a good sign. I’ve never eaten at Tong-D without quite a few people around me. And they’re usually quiet, which means they’re probably doing as much eating as talking. That's another good sign to me.
The elegant Asian décor makes Tong-D great for romantic fine dining as well. Valentine’s Day is coming up. Take a hint.
And try the Thai iced tea while you're there, too.