Thai Orchid – Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

We recently ate ate Thai Orchid.

Ever have those moments where you go to a restaurant and everything just clicks? From the very beginning everything is going just right. The people that work there are friendly and seem to really want you there, the food that everyone else is eating smells amazing and you’re thinking, “Yes. We did it. We picked a new place to eat and aren’t immediately thinking that we should have just picked up pizza and watched 4 hours of Netflix in PJ’s while developing a mild gravitation pull around us from the mass we’ve acquired.”

Don’t get us wrong. That’s awesome and a key component to our relationship. We do that often. But you’ve got to spice things up now and then. And sometimes, literally.

Welcome to Thai Orchid.

For those of you that have never been or heard about Thai Orchid, it’s a family run Thai restaurant that’s been a staple of the Mission area for almost a quarter-century. Which, according to some direct messages you send us, is much older than most of you. It’s run by the Rojjanasrirat Family, and we had the pleasure of meeting Jon and his wife who just took over the place 6 months ago from their family.

If you’re the type of people that like to know whether or not the owners of the establishment you are dining in are good, stand-up people, then rest assured. Jon and his wife were amazingly kind and answered all of my dumb question and seemed genuinely happy to see each person walk through the door. Mrs. All the Yums and I are those kind of people too. Not the nice kind, but the kind that want to eat at places run by the nice kind.

So now the stuff that you really want to know. What did we eat and how’d it taste?

We’ll you’re in luck. We ate enough food for us to feel ashamed with how we treat our bodies. Treat your body like a temple? Try treating your body like a to-go bag from an all-you-can eat buffet paid for by your father on a trip to visit your poor ass in college.

First up – Thai Ice Coffee and Thai Ice Tea.

These were really great.

The Thai ice coffee was sweet, bitter, creamy and delicious. I was worried about it being too sweet at first as I think traditionally they are made with sweetened condensed milk, but they coffee they use is almost more like an espresso so it broke through all the sweetnwess well. I recommended it.

The Thai ice tea was equally as good but very different. It almost came off like a chai tea but without the spice bite. If that makes sense. Slightly sweet, tamarind-like after taste. Try it out, we liked both.

From there we had a selection of appetizers. Just some food to eat before we have our food to eat.

Koong Kraborg

Ground pork, chicken and a whole shrimp wrapped with thin rice paper, deep fried then served with plum sauce. These things were delicious. Since they still had their tales that you use as a handle, it was kinda like eating an Asian corndog. Only … 90 times better.

Bite-Size Crab Rangoon 

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you’ve eaten crab rangoon before. But why are these worth talking about? Because they are bite-sized. Why does that matter? Because you can pop these, one after another, like candy. I’m not sure why it made a difference, but it did. I loved them.

Basil Hot Wings

These were amazing. It had the perfect combo of crispy outside to chewy inside. They were sticky, flavorful and not too spicy at all. These were be great to get to go if you were going to watch a football game with a bunch of new people that you were trying to impress and wanted to bring something different like the mad-person you are.

Basil Fried Rice

I assume you’ve had fried rice before. This is a little different. First, the basil gives it a nice different depth and brightness. You don’t eat this and immediate feel like you’ve just taken a year and a half off your life expectancy. Second, it’s spicy and I love it. You can control the amount of spice you want of course, but, contrary to what my milky pale Irish skin would have you assume, I love spice. I can handle spice. I would have taken this even spicier and it would have been even better but Mrs. Yums isn’t on my level yet. Order this and enjoy.

Kaeng Massaman 

This is the ultimate comfort food. It’s like a nice hug for your taste buds. It’s a Thai style curry sauce with semi-sweet and spicy flavor mixed with coconut milk, potatoes, onions, peppers and peanuts. We added chicken to it to add a little extra hugs. If you have been wanting to try something different but weren’t sure where to start, Massaman curry is a great gateway curry. If you like peanuts, you’ll love this.

Orchid Tofu

Ok yes. This is off-brand for us. But you know what? This tofu was great. I’d order it again. There. I said it. But really, it was the peanut sauce that did it for me. I could drink it. Put it on everything.

We also had the Seafood Hot Plate. I made a gif of it and everything as there is some theater that goes into it. But, I’m dumb. And don’t know how to put the gif on this website. So go check out our Instagram and bask in my glory.

Do we recommend Thai Orchid? Yes we do.

It’s tucked away between Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway and is just waiting to become your new neighborhood spot.

Still need another reason to go? Thai New Year is coming up. I believe Thai Orchid will be celebrating between April 11-13. You should go, eat all the food and celebrate. As Thai New Year marks the beginning of Spring, let’s just hope it’s more accurate than that liar groundhog Phil.

 

Thai Orchid

6504 Martway St, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202

Hours

Tuesday 11AM–2:30PM, 5–9PM
Wednesday 11AM–2:30PM, 5–9PM
Thursday 11AM–2:30PM, 5–9PM
Friday 11AM–2:30PM, 5–9:30PM
Saturday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–9:30PM
Sunday Closed
Monday 11AM–2:30PM, 5–9PM