In my quest to find a good Thai restaurant in the OKC area Moon Thai came on my radar from good reviews on Urbanspoon and Foursquare so I decided to try it out despite being burned by people’s reviews in the past.
I brought Tammy there and on our way we passed by another Thai restaurant that looked busy. When we drove up to Moon Thai we saw a completely empty parking lot and empty restaurant and so we were not sure at all about this place. I had to convince my friend to even get out of the car to at least try it. She was still not very sure of the place when we walked in since the smell of cooking food was not wafting in the dining area. I could tell she was not impressed, she wanted to go down the street, but I felt we needed to at least look at the menu.
We spent several minutes looking over the menu. I found a few things I wanted to try and Tammy went with her usual barometer of beef fried rice. She almost got the kimchee fried rice but decided she better stick with her usual first, maybe next time. I need to buy her a bottle of kimchee to let her try it out to see if she will like it. I ordered an order of veggie spring rolls, cucumber roll, and vegetable curry Thai hot.
The sushi came out first. There was a single slice of cucumber wrapped in sushi rice and seaweed and then rolled in white and toasted sesame seeds. The sushi was good, the wasabi was not watered down. The sushi helped my cravings for it that I have been having recently. I just wish there was more choice for vegetarians like most other places have and that there was more cucumber. I am not complaining however since they at least have sushi here. By the time I finished my third one the spring rolls came out.
The spring rolls looked to be handmade and not frozen from a box like most places serves. This earned points in my book. They were hot, crisp, and tasted fresh and wonderful. They were served with a sweet and mildly spicy peanut chili sauce and had a variety of veggies stuffed inside. Tammy seemed to like them as well. The sauce had pieces of toasted peanuts floating in it, was slightly thick and flavorful.
Our dinner came out at about the same time. Tammy tried her fried rice and was blown away. The rice was actually fried in the wok, it had flavor that was cooked in, she could taste the soy sauce cooked in and on the rice. The veggies and meat had flavor and everything was cooked through without being dry or burned. So many other places we have been at the “fried rice” looked like it was simply steamed rice tossed in soy sauce and added in the end of cooking the veggies and beef. I think she found her place for fried rice.
My curry came out as a bowl of curry sauce with a nice variety of nicely cooked vegetables swimming inside. There were vegetables in here that I normally don’t see in curries. It was nice to have a variety and a different variety. There were a couple of different kinds of mushrooms, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, broccoli, beans, potatoes, carrots, and other items as well as lime leaves. The sauce was nice and flavorful. It had a slightly different taste than what I was used to, but still tasted really good and like a curry. Perhaps it was the lemon leaves, or the different curry blend than what I usually order. I ordered my dish “Thai hot” and it was spicy, but it could have been a bit more hotter for my taste. The only things which was missing was thai basil and tofu. Next time I come here I will have to ask for fried tofu in my curry.
I was quite surprised the restaurant was completely empty. Granted we usually eat at a slow time of the week, but with the food tasting so good and the friendliness of the owner it was odd that there wasn’t a single other table there during our stay there. The place is right on a busy part of 23rd, near the Oklahoma City University campus. We highly recommend this place. I wish that Moon Thai was not so far out of my way from my drive to work, if it was I would be here often to pick up lunch or at least their spring rolls to eat at work. The food and service were great. They no longer do a lunch buffet, however that is probably for the better anyway. They are open 7 days a week 11am – 9pm.
Moon Thai can be found at:
2218 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73107