After 18:00 the center of Rotterdam is empty as it was bombed by 56 Heinkel HE-111’s, even after 74 years. Either you love Rotterdam or you hate it, and nothing in between. Fortunately nowadays the quarter known as China Town, in reality a cultural mixed enclave, is still alive. Since half a year Soi3 opened its doors serving Thai street food. Thai food enjoys popularity in the Netherlands but everybody considers himself as an expert on Thai food. Accompanied by two born and raised Thai females, we put them to the test. Street food in Thailand is served within the blink of an eye. At Soi3 you are allowed to enjoy the trendy scenery and have a meaningful conversation enjoying Thai beer (both Singha and Chang) but also artisanal Dutch Budels and Czech(!) Budweiser. It was a good start. In Thailand every seller of street food in general only serves one dish, as a signature dish. Fortunately the menu at Soi3 is more extensive but not so as your average Chinese restaurant. The ladies chose noodle soup which got 7.5 out of 10. The papaya salad (Som Tam) was good but not spicy enough, the fishcakes had a good structure and a nice hint of Thai basil. My Pad Thai was good as well, a huge portion with lots of chicken but a bit low on tasty tofu. The condiments enabled us to adjust the taste to our preference. This is a good thing as not all Farang (= Caucasians) like it as spicy as the Thai, and even the Thai needs the condiments to adjust the meal to his/her specific taste.
All and all even in Thailand this restaurant would stand the litmus test, but in the Fatherland the competition is fiercer.
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