Hunting for sticky rice in Issan.
A loyal Disher just emerged from his fox whole to report this:
Sushi Rock in Plano is now offering traditional (not Americanized) Isaan food Saturday nights from 10:00 pm until 2:00 am. They will continue offering sushi and their full menu until 2:00 as well. Thai musicians will perform live during this time also.
Well, bring on the scorpions! This region of Thailand (Northeast) has already introduced the American palate to papaya salad and sticky rice.
I spoke with the lovely Vasana Tung, one of the owners of Sushi Rocks. “We are a Japanese restaurant but we decided we wanted to do something different for the late nights on Saturday,” says Tung. “Instead of opening another restaurant we decided to do this.” She’s sending the details later today.
UPDATE: MENU BELOW
Sushi Rock ~ Thai “Esan” Menu
(serving Saturday Night only)
Grilled whole calamari over open flame served with citrus spicy chili sauce
Thai Style Beef Jerky
Thinly sliced marinated beef; deep fried served with homemade spicy chili sauce
Fried Meat Ball
Homemade meat ball deep fried served with homemade spicy chili sauce
Texas Quail lightly seasoned then deep fried
“Esan” Pork Sausage
Delicious marinated seasoned pork sausage served with fresh sliced ginger and chili peppers
Larb Gai (Thai Style Chicken Salad)
Minced chicken meat seasoned with Thai spices; fresh chili peppers, fish sauce, crushed cooked raw rice, and lime juice and fresh herbs; scallion, mint leaves and kaffir lime leaves
Bamboo Shoot Salad
Shredded bamboo shoots cooked with Thai spices and garnished with fresh seasoned herbs
Esan “Hor Mook” Chicken
Chicken marinated and seasoned with Thai spices and herbs individually wrapped and steamed until cooked and served hot
Grilled Chicken Wings
Seasoned chicken wings grilled to perfection
Seasoned pork meat grilled to perfection
Papaya Salad “Thai” Style
Shredded green papaya mixed with Thai chili peppers, lime juice, sugar, fish sauce, and garnish with tomatoes and peanuts; “It’s the Thai traditional salad that gives three flavors; saltiness, sweetness, and sourness”
Papaya Salad with Preserved Crab
Shredded green papaya mixed with Thai chili peppers, preserved crab, lime juice, sugar, fish sauce, and garnish with tomatoes “It’s the Thai traditional salad that gives three flavors; saltiness, sweetness, and sourness”
“Tom Sebb” Soup
Traditional beef stew-soup that has been slow cooked until tender with Thai spices and sprinkled with fresh herbs
“Jook Moo” Pork Porridge
Porridge with minced pork and poached egg