Sunday, November 15, 2009

Searching for Thai Take Two and White Chocolate Passion Fruit Scones

Place: Searching for Thai Take Two at Thai Star Café

I drive by Thai Star Café, this small restaurant on my daily commute and finally thought enough was enough. Sometimes I do not know what I would do without Pad Thai. I was not so sure if I made the right decision as I pulled into the parking lot, but once I saw the neon Singha beer sign on the window, I knew it was worth a shot.

The restaurant itself looks a little like a combination between a basement and an Asian grocery store. The corner next to the register lies imported Thai goods from fish sauce to curry paste to Thai noodles. I had an extreme urge to get chicken satay and coconut soup in addition to my noodles, but I do not think I could stomach all of it for the evening. I was determined to grade the noodles.

The verdict? It was the closest to the Thai noodles I would get from Charm NYC on West 96th Street and Amsterdam, but does not beat the Woodside Wonder, Sripraphai. The dish needed just a little more sauce and a little more spice to it but overall tasted what I would consider authentic.

The polite customer service assured me that I will be back hopefully to eat the rest of the menu.

Thai Star Café
1155 Hammond Drive
Sandy Springs, GA
770.817.9800 Phone
www.goforthai.com


Schoko: White Chocolate Passion Fruit Scones

I purchased three Ritter Sport Sommersorte white chocolate bars while I was in the German-North Georgia town, Helen a couple of weeks ago and wanted to do something with it since it probably was going to get old very soon.

I was desperately craving scones around the same time and decided to put two and two together with a scone recipe from my friend in England. I am not sure where he got it, but I did have to make some slight changes to get it where I wanted it. In the end it tasted perfect. I chopped up the chocolate to where the scone tasted of passion fruit but just enough to leave chunks of white chocolate melting in your mouth.

The only reminder I would give to this recipe is not to knead the dough too much or the texture will end up slightly compressed.


Makes 3 Large or 6 Small Scones

1 ½ C Flour

Pinch of salt
1/4 C Unsalted Butter, cut into small cubes
1 Ritter Sport Chocolate Bar, 100g chopped. I used the Sommersorte but you can use any to your liking.
2 T Sugar
½ C Milk

Pre-heat oven to 425 Degrees Fahrenheit. Grease baking sheet.

Mix flour and salt. Pour cubes of butter into bowl and rub into mixture using your hands or a large fork until blended like a cornmeal.

Stir in chopped chocolate bar, sugar and milk until mixture forms into a soft dough.

Bring dough onto a floured work surface and very lightly knead. Pat into a round and divide into three or four round portions with hands. Place on baking sheet and lightly brush scone surface with milk. Sprinkle with sugar.

Place in oven for 15 minutes until risen and golden brown.

Cool and serve with butter and clotted cream if desired.

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