NY Food Truck Lunch: Chicken Pad Thai From Muay Thai
Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
When we first came across the Muay Thai food cart, it didn’t even have a name yet. The new vendor didn’t even have a sign or a name yet, just a pad thai photo taped to the side of the cart and a chalkboard menu.
What a difference a few days makes.
When the improved cart appeared on 48th St & Park Ave less than a week later, it featured a new name and decorations.
On the side of the cart is a cool photo of a Thai kickboxer, and over the photo it says Muay Thai, Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy. If you recall, Tuk Tuk Boy is a Thai street food cart on West 50th St that we’ve been to a couple of times. This must be their 2nd cart. The menu looks the same too.
We asked for basil chicken, but were told they were out of it, and they only had pad thai. Considering it was only 1:15pm, our guess is being a new cart, they only had pad thai for now. Hopefully some of the other dishes will be added later on.
Our choices were shrimp, chicken or tofu pad thai. We went with chicken for $7.
Before leaving the cart, we asked for some hot sauce, which was given to us in a small, separate container.
The pad thai was topped with plenty of grilled chicken. A few pieces of the chicken were overcooked, but most of the chicken was good.
Under the chicken were flat rice noodles, bean sprouts, peanuts, scrambled egg and small pieces of tofu. There was also a wedge of lime on the side, which we duly squeezed onto the dish.
The pad thai was decent, but a little boring. It was peanutty, but didn’t have that sweet and tangy sauce that we love.
That’s when we decided to mix in some hot sauce, which picked things right up. If you get this dish, get some hot sauce. It’s not that hot, and really helps.
Even if the sauce was a little flat, the noodles were done right. They were not overcooked, and didn’t stick together.
After adding the hot sauce, we did enjoy lunch from Muay Thai.
We don’t think Muay Thai has Facebook, Twitter account, or a website, but that’s the serendipitous nature of street food. If you stop by the west side of 48th St & Park Ave, they should be there, but if they’re not, there are plenty of great street food options in the immediate vicinity.
If you went across Park Ave or 1 block down to 47th St, there were 5 different food trucks. Stick with us, we’ll let you know the best places for street food in New York.