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Erawan Thai – Spiciest Dish in Columbus Series

On Refugee Road there’s a little place called the McThai Center.

It’s got an Asian grocery, some other odds and ends, and our main event for this tale, Erawan Thai Restaurant. A cozy setting inside with limited seating, Erawan Thai boasts a broad menu, but seemingly does all of it well.

The Lady of the Farm opted to roll with the Massaman Curry and the Wonton Soup. Now, normally she’s the type to go straight for the wontons in the Wonton Soup and leave the rest, but this was a rare case where she ended up drinking most of the broth along with all the other soup bits. “You HAVE to try this broth,” she kept saying. It’s definitely a tasty soup and the Massaman Curry matched. Solid dishes all around and we’ll definitely be headed back.

For my Drunken Noodles aka Pad-Khee-Mow, I carefully reviewed the spice levels: * Coward ** Careful *** Adventures **** Native Thai. The menu follows up with, “When you say extra spicy, you better mean it,” and of course, I did mean it. From trips to Bamboo Thai Grille and Nida’s, typically the Native Thai or “Thai Spicy” selection holds some weight, but diving into the Native Thai Drunken Noodles, I wasn’t getting much heat at all. From bite to bite, there would sometimes be a shift where I got a bit of chili paste mixed in, but it dissipated quickly.

Erawan’s Drunken Noodles are “Thai spicy stir-fried flat soft rice noodles with choice of meat, eggs, bamboo shoots, onions, red & green pepper, basil leaves, Chinese broccoli, fresh chili paste and tomatoes.” While they’re slightly spicier than the similar dish from Siam Orchid, the Native Thai didn’t blow me away. To make sure my tolerance hadn’t spiked, I passed it to The Lady of the Farm and had to steal it back because she started eating more than just a bite.

The tiniest of tingles has us placing Erawan Thai’s Native Thai Drunken Noodles at #108 on our list. When we revisit, if the Green Curry ends up being spicier on the Native Thai spice scale we’ll adjust ranking, but for now it’s toward the bottom of the list.

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