Earlier this week I ventured over to Cary with a couple fellow bloggers to Yum Yum Thai Cuisine. What better way to chat with other foodies than to try a new restaurant right? The restaurant itself is not new; in fact it has been situated in Harrison Square near Bass Pro Shop since 2008. The fun logo and relaxing outdoor seating is sure to draw in customers who get hungry while running errands. We were surprised to find the restaurant empty during lunchtime, however people did trickle in during our meal. The interior of the restaurant is bright and simple. It definitely gives you the feeling that you’re about to get a no frills, authentic meal.
I ordered the Chicken Pad See You noodles ($8.95). The dish consists of wide rice noodles, broccoli, egg, Thai sweet soy sauce, and of course, chicken. The noodles were nice and soft and the sauce was incredibly flavorful. This dish would be perfect for someone who wants to experiment with Thai cuisine but isn’t a fan of spice. I could have done with a little more broccoli, but the few pieces I had still added a nice crunch and flavor to the meal. Plus, the lunch portion was perfect and left me full without wanting to slip into a food coma.
We ordered the Seafood Khee Mao Noodles ($11.95), which consisted of wide rice noodles with chili, garlic, bell peppers, onions, basil leaves, eggs, shrimp, mussels, and squid. We asked for the dish medium, but didn’t find that it was as spicy as we hoped, which is surprising for a Thai dish as most of them are based around spice. Again the noodles were delicious, but the seafood was a little overcooked. If you’re going to try this dish I would suggest trying it with beef or chicken instead.
Our last items consisted of the Chicken Satay ($6.95) and the Fresh Basil Rolls ($3.95). The satay included four chicken skewers, which was the perfect serving size to eat with another small appetizer for lunch. The satay was served with peanut sauce and a creamy cucumber relish. They seemed to be a little difficult to eat, but tasty nonetheless. The rolls consisted of two decently sized rolls served with sweet chili peanut sauce. The rolls had noodles, basil, lettuce, bean sprouts, and carrots all wrapped in soft rice paper. The veggies in the spring rolls made for a nice, fresh, colorful snack.
Overall, I thought the food at Yum Yum Thai was fresh and flavorful. They had a very full menu, from noodle dishes to curries, to plenty of appetizers and vegetarian options. Yum Yum Thai’s menu is suitable for any palate. I also really appreciated the lunch portions. It’s always a nice surprise to look at the menu and see a lower price point and smaller portion size for lunch. I would definitely suggest Yum Yum Thai to Thai Cuisine first timers and Thai lovers alike.
Melissa Guido is a currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves travelling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.