Sticky Rice – Hidden Gem of Wake Forest

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I do appreciate a good lunch special, usually because it includes an appetizer, entrée, and sometimes a dessert for a lower price than it would cost you at dinnertime.  After running some errands in the Wake Forest area and working up an appetite for lunch nearby, I decided to try Sticky Rice, an Asian fusion restaurant that has been receiving stellar reviews since opening.

All lunch specials are $7.00 and include a spring roll, soup or salad, and an entrée.  I ordered the red curry with chicken with the Tum Yum soup and my partner in crime ordered the Thai Basil entrée with chicken.

Sticky Rice - Spring Roll

Sticky Rice – Spring Roll

The spring roll came out first.  It was very good and it was a decent size.  Next the Tom Yum soup came out, this was a great prelude to the curry dish because it was reasonably spicy with a lighter broth consistency, which is good because curries tend to be a bit on the heavier side due to the coconut milk base.  The Tom Yum soup boasted flavors of lemon grass, kaffir, with Thai chilies that gave it the heat, which also highlighted the savory taste of the mushrooms.

Sticky Rice - Tom Yum Soup

Sticky Rice – Tom Yum Soup

I was genuinely surprised when our entrees came out.  Usually lunch specials consist of lighter, smaller portions because they are a cheaper price and are served during the day, but these entrees were quite large.  The red curry was served with steamed chicken, vegetables, and a side of white rice.  This curry was a tad bit creamier and had more of a coconut flavor than other Asian fusion restaurants in the area, which is probably why I could only eat half it.  Overall the curry was delicious and full of chicken and vegetables, it had the right amount of heat and spice to not overwhelm the dish, while the white rice served as a good base.

Sticky Rice - Curry

Sticky Rice – Curry

The Thai basil was served with chicken, sautéed vegetables, and a side of white rice as well.  The sauce of the Thai basil entrée definitely boasted the heat and freshness of Thai basil, and included the added spice of Thai chilies.  Overall the sauce and stir fry components of this dish were actually quite light and went very well with the white rice.  It too came chock full of vegetables, and I would highly recommend this dish to someone who wants something on the lighter side.

Although Sticky Rice is kind of hidden within Wake Forest (it’s located directly behind Target and Bojangles) it is definitely worth the journey.  I am excited to try this place again during dinnertime to experience the full menu, which includes pho, street noodle dishes, and more delicious fusion options.

Sticky Rice - Thai Basil Chicken

Sticky Rice – Thai Basil Chicken


Morgan is a local Registered Dietitian and food lover.  She currently resides in Raleigh, NC and loves the Triangle food scene.  She was born and raised in New York, so she often looks for the comforts of home through delicious foods.  Since moving to the Triangle, she enjoys eating from the eclectic local food scene.  Whether it’s food trucks, hole-in-the-wall places, or fairs you’ll find her there with her partner in crime and fellow foodies, trying it all to tell you about it.

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