On a cold day, soup is always a source of great warmth for the body, mind and soul. Yesterday, we fed our desire for soup at Divine Thai, with the help of our beautiful waitress who happened to be Spencer’s sister Paige. Divine Thai is owned by Spencer and Paige’s Aunt Aor and Uncle Norman. Aor carries on her family’s tradition of hospitality in the US with great pride. The entire team is tremendous and even when I ask for no sugar and no nuts, the answer is YES and the outcome is always delicious.
Spencer enjoyed the soup pictured above. Duck Noodle Soup: Roasted duck and rice noodles topped with bean sprouts, celery, cilantro, fried garlic, and chopped scallions in a duck broth. $8.95
Both were large portions and were filled with meat, sprouts and rice noodles with a natural stock that was carefully prepared. This was not a universal stock that is flavored for the meat choice; the meat was cooked in the same broth that we enjoyed. The noodles were well cooked and very tasty. The chicken stock was not salty and had been reduced well to bring out the best flavors. Duck on the other hand springs out strongly in the first few bites and grew on Spencer, who was a newcomer to duck broth. By the end, he was slurping away with true love. I do think he had to fish out the spoon more than once, but I wasn’t counting. (It was twice!)
We also enjoyed the Four Seasons Spring Rolls and steamed Pork Dumplings. We get these EVERY time! The four seasons spring rolls are fresh, very fresh – did I say FRESH?!- and quite crunchy. They go really well with the moderately spicy, specially-ordered sweet and sour sauce that replaces the usual peanut sauce. The wrapping is never rubbery and always-moist ingredients make it a great starter for every visit. When I hear Divine Thai, I think about these rolls. The Steamed Dumplings filled with pork and spices are delicious and are accompanied with the most delicate ginger sauce that is gentle on the palate without the sometimes salty puckering that other recipes present elsewhere.
There was a party of 8 sitting nearby with 4 youngsters and they were really enjoying themselves. I heard a very large order and I’m sure that their experience was just as delightful as ours.
Divine Thai. Go and Enjoy!
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