Opart Thai House: Eating the Menu with Mike & Chao

I’m on a quest to eat every menu item at Opart Thai House. You can catch up from the beginning or continue on to the latest installment…

Opart Thai House | Sampler Plate

Sampler Plate

Mike & Chao of Mike & Chao Chow joined me and a friend on my eat-the-menu quest at Opart Thai House. Since it’s a big menu, I’m very happy for the help. We started things off with the Sampler Plate (#23, $8.99), which was a smattering of fried seafood appetizers including egg roll, fried shrimp, fried shumai and crab rangoon, each cut into fourths. It was a decent start to the meal and the right amount for the table.

Opart Thai House | Pad Lard Nar

Pad Lard Nar

Chao, the quieter, more heavily tattooed half of the duo, ordered the Pad Lard Nar (#45, $6.99) with beef. It’s his baseline Thai dish, and he says each place makes it a little bit differently to put their own stamp on it. I trust that’s true because Chao grew up on this stuff and knows whereof he speaks.

However, we weren’t impressed with this version. I thought it tasted about average and was too soupy. Lard Nar shouldn’t be this soupy, right? Didn’t think so.

Opart Pad Thai | Pad Thai

Pad Thai with Chicken

Mike, the verbose and expansive half of the duo, ordered my baseline Thai dish, Pad Thai (#43, $5.99) with chicken. Maybe I’ve been eating out of my comfort zone lately and that’s what made this dish seem bland and oily to me. I really had higher expectations for a such a popular dish. We called strike two and moved on to the next.

Opart Thai House | Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

The Chicken Fried Rice (#56, $5.99) was standard fare. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing exceptional either. It’s warm, salty, safe comfort food. We moved on…

Opart Thai House | Peanut Sauce Lover

Peanut Sauce Lover with Tofu

Mike and I agreed that the Peanut Sauce Lover (#80, $7.99) with tofu was the winning dish. It’s an agreeable combination of cashews, onions and tofu mixed up with a thick, spicy peanut sauce that had just a hint of sweetness. It went well over rice and didn’t get cloying or congealed like I thought it would. I want to shout-out a thanks to commenter Sam for endorsing this dish! You were so right.

The holidays will probably provide ample take-out opportunities, so look for more eat-the-menu entries in January. If you want to help me whittle down the menu, let me know! And special thanks to Mike & Chao. Go follow these guys on their eating excursion through Asia. Looks like an adventure!

Opart Thai House
Opart Thai House
4658 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-2043
(773) 989-8517

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  1. Krista from PassportDelicious.com left a comment on December 23, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I am definitely game to help in this quest, by the way…

  2. Tammy left a comment on December 23, 2010 at 8:52 am

    January is wide open. Lemme know when you’re up for some Thai food. -T

  3. Sam N. left a comment on December 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Hey, Thanks! Glad you liked it.

    Did you like the Crab Rangoon on the starter plate? It’s another favorite of mine. Also, the fried Shu Mai is OK, but the non-fried version (I know, I’m surprised, too) is really great. But be careful — it never looks hot, but usually comes out super-hot. It’s not worth going out of your way for, but if you are ordering another sampler plate, you might consider seeing if they’ll replace the fried Shu Mai.

  4. Tammy left a comment on December 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I usually go for the non-fried Shu Mai & I’m looking forward to it. I think the sampler plate wasn’t the way to really try and evaluate the appetizers. Too many fried things all at once. The crab rangoon was cut into fourths and faded into the background. Will give it another try on its own.

    I’m interested in some of the odder appetizer choices, especially the Tod Mun, Spicy Tofu and Miang Sa-Wan. Though I will get through everything at least once. 🙂

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