BY JULIE CHENG
“No mango salad today,” said Lek. “The mangoes are too ripe.”
Seeing my pained expression, she told me that she’ll make papaya salad instead next week, as customers have been asking for it.
I’ve been hooked on Miss Siam’s fresh green mango salad ever since I saw a line-up in front of the food truck one day while walking to a nearby appointment. Because of my high cholesterol, I eat more salads, and this one is a refreshing change from the usual lettuce ones I make. I also suspect, like green papaya, that green mango is full of enzymes that help digestion.
Lek, the friendly chef-owner, recalls growing up in the countryside in southern Thailand always eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Hence the mango and papaya salads as well as dishes chock full of vegetables.
It seems many of Lek’s customers work at the Broadway Tech Centre and know her by name. I mentioned to one customer, “The green curry is so delicious.” He replied, “The red one is even better.”
I’ve now tried both the green and red curries, and I can’t decide which one is better – both are amazing – as is the pad Thai. For these dishes, you can choose your own protein such as chicken, prawns or tofu.
Another customer recommended the chicken basil stirfry, made with ground chicken. “It’s very good,” she said, adding, “I’m addicted to it, actually.” Her friend agreed.
The walk down and up the hill to Miss Siam is well worth the effort and makes a welcome break from the home office.
On a recent Friday, I also noticed the Thai Box on Truck at the same location and made a mental note to check this out.
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