Yoong Tong Thai Restaurant
Northborough – A few friends and I were in the mood for something spicy the night we decided to stop in at Yoong Tong Thai Restaurant. The friendly hostess seated us in a comfortable booth.
Yoong Tong has a sushi bar where you can order many combinations of sushi, sashimi and maki rolls, but we were in the mood for something from their large dinner menu. We started with Thai scallion pancakes ($5.50) and dipped them in the accompanying sauces as we considered our main course options.
The Yoong Tong Specialties menu included many tempting choices such as the Tamarind duck ($16.95), the Thai mango curry ($16.95) and several shrimp dishes. The menu also includes pan-fried dishes such as pork or chicken ginger ($14.95), curry off erings such as lemongrass chicken and curry ($15.95), seafood options like the squid 'n' pikpow ($15.95), and the vegetarian corner with spicy dishes like the hot wok tofu ($13.95) or the mild tofu royal ($12.95).
Since I was in the mood for something spicy, I opted for the hot wok tofu, which earned three chili peppers on the menu's guide for spiciness. One of my dining companions ordered chicken garlic ($14.95) and the other requested chicken 'n' broccoli ($13.95) with peanut sauce.
As we waited and chatted, we enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere of Yoong Tong – with vines of roses wrapped around columns, fresh lilies in vases, and bamboo shoots in pots along the wall between dining sections. We were seated near the west-facing wall, which is made up entirely of windows from floor to ceiling. The wall calls to mind the relaxed environment of a sun porch, and the lighting in the restaurant changed as the sun set.
The chicken 'n' broccoli was served with carrots and mushrooms in a wonderfully thick peanut sauce that made my companion's mouth water. My other friend was delighted with the amount of garlic in his dish. The chicken had marinated in garlic oil, peppers, coriander roots and soy sauce. In addition to stir-fried garlic, the dish came with rice and included scallions and mushrooms.
The spiciness of my dish was perfect – just enough to satisfy my desire for something tongue-tingling, but not overwhelming enough to prevent me from enjoying the assorted vegetables that were covered with chili sauce. We could have taken some of the large portions home for later, but each of our meals was so delicious that we finished them at once. We split a Thai custard in pumpkin dessert ($6.50) and a golden Bangkok pudding with coconut ($4.50) for dessert. Then the hostess, a member of the Sahasakmontri family that owns Yoong Tong, wished us a good evening as we departed.
Yoong Tong is open seven days a week, and is located at 278 Main St. (Route 20) in Northborough. The telephone number is 508-393-7714 and the website is at yoongtong.com.
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