Omnivore - Fat Friday: Lunch at Tuk Tuk

Street food at fairly high prices

Image My Fat Friday started today with lunch at Tuk Tuk. The restaurant's menu features Thai street food prepared by Dee Dee Niyomkul, daughter of the couple that owns Nan's Thai and Tamarind Seed.

Dishes that you don't find elsewhere often turn up on the menu here. An example is this plate of "old fashioned spinach leaf wraps," crunchy with a slight sting, thanks to ginger, lime, roasted peanuts and coconut in caramelized palm sugar. I also ordered a plate of steamed chicken and shrimp dumplings with mushrooms, galangal and, for dipping, a chili-spiked soy sauce.

The standout of my friends' orders was a heap of grilled spare ribs seasoned with garlic and pepper.

These were all ordered from the small-plates menu, whose prices range from $7 to $11. There are also salads, noodle dishes and "big plates" like whole fried snapper and roasted duck breast. Our meal was quite tasty, but — at $20 each before tip — it was a bit more expensive than our usual.