Thai food in Rio?! You Bet!

The food here is INCREDIBLE, honestly every direction you turn there is something delicious to eat (don’t worry I joined the gym and will report on that soon!). I would say most of the ‘traditional’ restaurants along Ataulfo de Paiva (think: ‘main street’) have grilled chicken (perf for me) or some other form of protein served with fries or rice and beans.  They also have sandwiches, salads, crepes, you get the drift. Last night after Carnival we were craving something different and discovered Mekong a cute Thai restaurant a few blocks away from our apartment. It was a nice change for the palate!! We had chicken satay- with real peanut sauce… It is actually quite hard to find peanut butter here! Had to do some investigating, but finally found a small container at the 3rd market I went to(see below).  Then onto spring rolls and of course pad Thai.  The Pad Thai tastes very similar to any of the NYC restaurants on seamlessweb you are ordering it in from, but there are 2 differences…

First, the size! As you can see above the portion of pad thai was VERY small.  Think we were a little shocked, since we were obviously expecting a giant portion like we are used to (probably a good thing that it was tiny) but still a shocker. Second, instead of egg being mixed into it, it was sprinkled on top (yellow spaghetti looking stuff on top is really egg). Personally, favor their egg placement here more than that in the states since I usually pick it out! Overall, the place was cute- half inside/outside of course and the food was great.  Next time I am jonesing for Thai, I will most likely head back here!