Thai Market: dairy free lunch for one

Thai Market

Thai Market

I want to tell you that I enjoyed my recent lunch at Thai Market in New York City, and it hardly mattered that I was all by myself.   The being alone part was an accident: I was supposed to be having lunch with a friend who came down with something and forgot about our lunch.  So I thought, along as I was already at Thai Market, I might as well stay and enjoy a good lunch, and enjoy a good lunch I did!

Daikon Cake

Daikon Cake

I will cut to the chase and tell you that the appetizers were the star of the show.  I didn’t expect that when I ordered the daikon cake, it would come almost like a salad – yes, I know the menu indicated it was with egg, bean sprouts and spicy soy sauce, but I was thinking that maybe all the ingredients were mixed into the fried cake.  No!  The daikon was nicely friend and then mixed with these other ingredients, creating a delightful dish!  The only quibble I would have is that a couple of the pieces of daikon were a bit undercooked, leaving them a bit chewy; but otherwise, this was a winner.

Steamed Thai dumplings

Steamed Thai dumplings

My “other” appetizer, steamed Thai dumplings, came as part of the lunch special I ordered (more on that later), and were also quite nice.  I am used to dumplings coming with a dipping sauce, and wondered at the lack of dipping sauce when these arrived.  But they were plenty juicy and flavorful all on their own, with minced chicken, preserved radish and peanuts along with the silky noodle wrapper creating a lovely dumpling.

So yes, I ordered the lunch special for just $8 (hey, being economical is good, right?) and that gave me the choice of an appetizer (the aforementioned dumplings) and an entree.  Color me vanilla, but I opted for an old favorite, green curry with chicken (a photo of the same is at the top of this post).  It was as expected, quite good.  After downing the two appetizers, I had room for just one helping of curry, spread over some of the Thai Hom Mali Rice (aka Jasmine rice).  I took the leftovers home with me and shared them with Therese, and believe me, next time I go to Thai Market, I am going to have to bring her with me!

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to “The Dairy Free Traveler” blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!)

The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl’s tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros — (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.)

The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs.

Peterson is among the top 7 most widely read TripAdvisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at His reviews have garnered more than 542,000 readers — half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world.

Beyond writing this blog, Peterson is a published author, with contributions to “Savoring Gotham” edited by Andrew F. Smith (published 2015 by Oxford University) and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese (a bit ironic, yes, but a professional is often asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone!).

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