It’s raining. It’s been that way for nearly 2 days, cold and rainy. I’m sitting in a standard sized restaurant booth, looking out the large window facing Belton’s Central Ave, watching as the cars slush through the puddles and waiting for what has become one of my rainy day comfort foods, Yellow Curry.
Narunya’s Modern Thai Cuisine is one of Mary’s and my favorite Thai restaurants. It’s because of Mary, in fact, that my rainy day food has become their Yellow Curry. With it’s warm and spice-filled flavor, the crunch of the onions, and hint of coconut milk the soup fits in perfectly with a scoop of fragrant jasmine rice and a cold, rainy day.
Immigrating from Thailand in 2007 Narunya was at a crossroads in her life. She wanted to be an artist and even went to UT to study art, there however, she felt out of place. Food had always been a large part of her family and life. Tied with the belief that none of the local Thai restaurants really gave her that “back home” feeling she moved from her UT art class to study culinary arts in Austin and set her sights on opening a restaurant. Though leaving art as a professional, Narunya hasn’t stopped producing work, in fact, the artwork displayed in the store is hers.
Duck…that’s what we need to go with the curry. One of Narunya’s favorites the duck isn’t the greasy mess that is typical of a duck meal, instead it is just the right amount of tender with a savory, full flavored thai spiced sauce served with sautéed baby corn, mushroom, peppers, snow peas and garlic, every bite is deliciously taunting, each one moves you closer to the end of the meal where you’ll long for just one more nibble
Though I recommend the yellow curry, Narunya thinks the best introduction to her Thai food is the Eggplant tower, a delicious start for sure, either way I’m sure you’ll find any of the dishes at Narunya’s delectable and satisfying.
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