Here are Tucson Citizen staffers favorite places for Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.
BANGKOK CAFE 2511 E. Speedway Blvd., 323-6555
Hours: M-Th 11am-3pm & 5-9:30pm (F till 10pm), Sa 12-3pm & 5-10pm Price: $ (Disc) Bar: Full
We say: I really like the Pad Puk Je with tofu and shiitake mushrooms, stir-fried in garlic and spices.
DAO’S TAI PAN’S 446 N. Wilmot Rd., 722-0055
Hours: Daily 10am-9pm Price: $$ Bar: No We say: The Goi Ga, Vietnamese chicken salad, is such delightful comfort food, if lime juice, peanuts, bean sprouts and mint strike your fancy in a salad.
KARUNA’S THAI PLATE 1911 E Grant Rd., 25-4129
Hours: Tu-Th 11am-9pm (F till 9:30pm), Sa 12-9:30pm Price: $ Bar: No We say: It has really good yellow curry and Pad Thai, stir-fried rice noodles, egg, bean sprouts, shrimp, peanuts and spices.
MINA’S THAI 5575 E. River Rd., 299-0453
Hours: M-F 11am-2:30pm & 4:30-9:30pm, Sa 4:30-10pm Price: $ Bar: No
We say: The utter freshness of the ingredients adds a whole other dimension to the flavor.
PHO 88 2744 N. Campbell Ave., 881-8883
Hours: Daily 11am-9:30pm Price: $ Bar: Beer & wine We say: I can’t wait until it gets chilly so that I can completely enjoy this neighborhood vegetarian pho, or soup.
SERI MELAKA 6133 E. Broadway, 747-7811
Hours: M-Th 11am-9:30pm (F till 10pm), Sa 11:30am-10pm (Su till 9:30pm) Price: $$ (AmEx, Disc) Bar: Full
We say: The Rendang Beef is a happy-mouth maker with its lemongrass, chilés, cumin, coriander and coconut milk. Yum-mee!