Off-menu secrets exposed at Thai restaurants
September 13th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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Once known only among the inner-circle regulars of a few Thai restaurants in the United States, it's become apparent that America's so-called “secret Thai menus” are no longer all that secret.

Not only have Thai food enthusiasts become aware of an unadvertised list of dishes, deemed edible only to those weaned on regional Thai cuisines, they have also come to expect it. What was once accessible through a secret handshake or a knowing wink now proudly graces the restaurant menus, in English, for all to see.

Most of the these once off-limit items feature ingredients that the average non-Thai palate considers to be strange or downright intolerable.


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  1. Evil Grin

    Cool. I'd like to see more of this on the menu. I feel kind of bad ordering anything not on the menu. Even if I know the restaurant will serve it to me, I feel guilt for ordering a "secret dish," rather than feeling special or "in-the-know." I don't know why that is.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  2. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    What number is the Purple Kush?

    September 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
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