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Mixing modern, traditional style

Scranton’s newest Thai restaurant opens

Thai Thai employees include, from left, Manager Deach Areesonti, Pong Eingnguluem, Bowie, Kritsana Srisonchai, and Emsya.

Goong Sam Rod, also known as three flavors shrimp; Pad Thai, famous Thai noodles with shrimp and chicken; and the Royale Tom Yum Goong soup are among the many dishes available at Thai Thai Scranton.

Jessica Meoni photos/For Go Lackawanna

Deach Sreesonti, manager of the recently opened Thai Thai Scranton, said he hopes to attract customers with the eatery’s generous portions and humble pricing.

“Thai Thai Scranton will be sure to please,” Sreesonti said of his new endeavor at 309 N. Washington Ave., Scranton.

He currently operates the Thai Thai location in Wilkes-Barre, which opened in 2007. The new restaurant marks his return to downtown Scranton.

Thai cuisine typically uses a balance of spicy, hot, sweet, and salty flavors in lightly prepared dishes with special attention to detail in appearance and aroma.

Thai Thai Scranton serves nearly 120 meals, including traditional favorites such as Pad Thai, which are noodles with shrimp, chicken, eggs, ground peanuts, bean curd, scallion and bean sprouts as well as more modernized dishes such as Fettuccine Kee Mao, a stir-fried fettuccine with the patron’s choice of chicken, pork or beef over broccoli, tomato, onion, bell pepper, egg, chili and basil leaves.

Prices range from $6.99 appetizers including steamed wontons or crispy spring rolls to more filling Chef Specialties at $16.99 and up, including a sautéed wild boar with red curry paste, eggplant, lime, coconut milk and peppercorn.

Lunch specials are available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $7.99 with a choice of beef, chicken or pork as well as a soup of the day. Lunch entrees typically include a choice of Pad Thai, curry, macaroni, rice, or noodle soup.

Invented in the 1980s in Taiwan, another novel inclusion on the menu is bubble tea, which is a foam tea sweetly flavored with fruit or milk. Thai Thai Scranton’s version of the tea is more reminiscent of a smoothie or milkshake. This version of bubble tea is often called a Snow Bubble.

The drink also contains “tapioca pearls” - round, chewy tidbits found in a bunch at the bottom of the cup – and is served with an oversized straw. Thai Thai Scranton offers over twenty flavors of bubble tea, including mango, papaya, strawberry, honeydew and coconut.

If you go

WHAT: Thai Thai Scranton

WHERE: 309 N. Washington Ave., Scranton

HOURS: Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.

INFO: For more information, call (570) 963-7745.

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