Real Palates: Where to Find the Best Thai Food in Buffalo | Restaurants

The loss of Elmwood Avenue was Snyder’s gain after restaurateur Rin Suphankomut arrived in Snyder. His versions of tom kha ($ 6), coconut milk soup with ginger and lime leaf, and tom yum ($ 6), the tangy lemongrass and chili soup, are definitive.

Moo ping, grilled marinated pork skewers with tamarind sauce ($ 10.50) and an idealized coconut shrimp ($ 8.50) are exceptional appetizers. The ubiquitous Pad Thai ($ 15.50) is smoky, balanced, and unsweetened like most versions.

(Heatseekers: Suphankomut has an unannounced homemade hot sauce you should try, delivering a brilliant, flavorful burst of heat that wears off before it hurts.)

Thai Orchid Cafe offers a crispy catfish salad with grated crispy catfish, fried until golden brown and tossed with mango and cashews in a spicy and tangy dressing.

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Thai Orchid (take out only), 416 Evans St., Williamsville, (

Amherst Thai veteran takes me back to tod mun (fish patties, $ 5.95), the appetizer of fried discs of fish sausage sprinkled with chopped long beans, cucumber, crushed peanuts and sweet and sour sauce .

Since there’s no seating in the dining area, I recommend hammering the Crispy Catfish Salad ($ 10.95) as soon as you bring it to your car. This is a minced catfish that has been rolled in seasoned flour and fried, then presented on a green salad with fresh mango, red pepper and cashews, in a tangy dressing of the lime and fish sauce.

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