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Chai Thai Cuisine
(formerly Thai Cafe & Mama's Cafe)
Authentic Thai Food
 
14035 SE STARK ST
PORTLAND, OR
97233
 


SHORTCUTS:

APPETIZERS
SOUP
SALAD
RICE
CURRY
STIR FRIED
NOODLES
HOUSE SPECIALTIES
LUNCH SPECIALS
DESSERTS
SIDE ORDERS
BEVERAGES

Hours of Operation
Monday -- Thursday:  10:00am-9:00pm
Friday-Saturday:  10:00am-10:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
 
503-257-2753
 
MENU
(Prices may change - Last updated, June 2006)
 

APPETIZERS

1. Fresh Rolls (2)
     Rice paper with lettuce, tofu, rice noodles and vegetables served with peanut sauce. ... $3.50
2. Spring Rolls (2)
     Crispy rice paper wrapped with mixed vegetables served with sweet & sour sauce. ... $3.50
3. Baby Spring Rolls (8)
     Crispy rice paper wrapped with mixed vegetables served with sweet & sour sauce. ... $3.50
4. Shrimp Rolls (6)
     Rice paper wrapped with shrimp slightly fried served with sweet & sour sauce. ... $5.50
5. Chicken Satay (5)
     Marinated chicken in mixture of herbs and spices served with peanut sauce and cucumber salad ... $6.00
6. Golden Tofu (8)
     Deep fried tofu served with sweet & sour sauce. ... $4.00
7. Pot Stickers (8)
     Chicken vegetable dumplings deep fried served with special sauce. ... $4.50
8. Crispy Wonton (8)
     Fried wonton skins stuffed with ground chicken served with sweet & sour sauce. ... $4.50
9. Golden Triangle (8)
     Fried tortilla stuffed with ground chicken. ... $4.50
10. Sampler Platter
     Chicken Satay (3), Baby Rolls (3), Fried Wonton (3), Golden Tofu (3), Pot Stickers (3), Shrimp Rolls (2) served with peanut sauce and cucumber salad. ... $10.95


SOUP

Choices:

Chicken, Beef, Pork, or Tofu: ... $8.00
Shrimp or Squid: ...$9.00
Seafood: ...$11.00

11. Tom Yum
     Spicy and sour lemon grass soup with galanga root, kaffir lime leaves, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms.
12. Tom Kha
     Spicy and sour lemon grass soup with galanga root, kaffir lime leaves, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms.
13. Tofu Soup
     Tofu and vegetables in clear broth.
14. Wonton Soup
     Wonton stuffed with ground chicken and shrimp in clear broth.


SALAD

15. Chai Thai Salad
     Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, onions, and hard-boiled eggs with peanut sauce. ... $5.00
16. Som Tum (Papaya Salad)
     Shredded green papaya mixed with hot chili, garlic, tomatoes, and peanuts served in lime sauce. ... $6.00
17. Beef Salad
     Grilled slices of beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers in spicy lime juice. ... $8.00
18. Larb  --  Choices: Chicken, Pork, or Beef
     With mint leaves, onions, and ground roast rice with spicy lime juice. ... $5.50
19. Yum Talay (Seafood Salad)
     Seafood combination with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and lettuce with spicy lime juice. ... $5.50


RICE

Choices:

Chicken, Beef, Pork, or Tofu: ... $8.00
Shrimp or Squid: ...$9.00
Seafood: ...$11.00

20. Chai Thai Fried Rice
     Fried rice with eggs, tomatoes, onions, carrots, peas, and green onions.
21. Hot Basil Fried Rice (Evil Meeting)
     Fried rice with chili sauce, eggs, bell peppers, onions, and basil.
22. Pineapple Fried Rice
     Fried rice witheggs, raisins, cashew nuts, tomatoes, pineapples, and green onions.
23. Golden Fried Rice
     Fried rice with eggs and curry powder with mixed vegetables.


CURRY

Choices:

Chicken, Beef, Pork, or Tofu: ... $8.00
Shrimp or Squid: ...$9.00
Seafood: ...$11.00

24. Red Curry
     Eggplant, bamboo sprouts, bell peppers, and basil with red curry in coconut milk.
25. Green Curry
     Eggplant, bamboo sprouts, bell peppers, and basil with green curry in coconut milk.
26. Yellow Curry
     Potatoes, carrots, and onions with yellow curry in coconut milk.
27. Mussaman Curry
     Potatoes, carrots, onions, and peanuts with mussaman curry in coconut milk.
28. Panang Curry
     Green beans, bell peppers, and kaffir lime leaves with panang curry in coconut milk.
29. Pineapple Curry
     Pineapples, bell peppers, tomatoes, mixed vegetables, and basil in Thai red curry.


STIR FRIED

Choices:

Chicken, Beef, Pork, or Tofu: ... $8.00
Shrimp or Squid: ...$9.00
Seafood: ...$11.00

30. Pad Ka-Prow
     Ground fresh chili, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and sweet basil.
31. Sweet & Sour
     Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, carrots, pineapple, and bell peppers with sweet & sour sauce.
32. Garlic & Pepper
     Stir fried mixed vegetables in garlic sauce.
33. Thai Ginger
     Fresh ginger, mushrooms, black mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers.
34. Cashew Nut
     Water cashew nut, onions, bell peppers, and cashew nut served with sweet chili paste.
35. Pad Broccoli
     Stir fried broccoli and carrots in special sauce.
36. Eggplant Lovers
     Bell peppers, onions, eggplant, and basil with sweet chili paste.
37. Pad Phet
     Eggplant, bamboo shoots, onions, bell peppers, and basil with spicy chili paste.
38. Pra Ram (Swimming Rama)
     Steamed vegetables with peanut sauce.
39. Pad Prik Khing
     Sweet green beans and bell peppers with spicy chili paste.
40. Pad Ruam Mit
     Mixed vegetables in mild house special brown sauce.


NOODLES

Choices:

Chicken, Beef, Pork, or Tofu: ... $8.00
Shrimp or Squid: ...$9.00
Seafood: ...$11.00

41. Pad Thai
     Medium rice noodles, eggs, green onions, bean sprouts, and ground peanuts with Pad Thai sauce.
42. Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles)
     Fresh wide rice noodles, eggs, ground chili, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and basil.
43. Pad Se Ew
     Fresh wide rice noodles, eggs, carrots, and broccoli.
44. Rad Nah
     Fresh wide noodles, broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms topped with brown gravy sauce.
     Yakisoba noodles with assorted vegetables in special sauce.
46. Evil Jungle
     Thai special curry sauce dispensed onto wide noodles with bell peppers and bamboo shoots.


HOUSE SPECIALTIES

S1. Roast Duck Curry
     Slices of roast duck, red curry, pineapples, tomatoes, bell peppers, and basil with coconut milk. ... $9.95
S2. B.B.Q. Chicken
     Chicken marinated with our house special sauce. ... $8.95
S3. Lemon Grass Chicken
     Chicken marinated with lemon grass sauce steamed vegetables topped with peanut sauce. ... $8.95
S4. Panang Salmon
     Green beans, bell peppers and kaffir lime leaves in panang curry. ... $10.95
S5. Pohang
     Combination seafood in spicy chili sauce with lemon grass, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and basil. ... $10.95
S6. Lemon Chicken
     Marinated chicken and lightly deep fried base on fresh lettuce and topped with sweet & sour sauce. ... $8.95
S7. B.B.Q. Chicken Fried Rice
     Fried Rice with marinated chicken in special sauce. ... $8.95
S8. Pad Phet Catfish
     Crispy fried catfish, bamboo shoots, eggplant, onions, bell peppers, and basil with chili paste. ... $10.95


LUNCH SPECIALS

11:00am - 3:00 pm
Any Entree of your choice:                 $6.50

        Chicken, Pork, Beef, or Tofu for $1 more
        Shrimp or Seafood: $3 more

L1. Pad Thai
     Medium rice noodles, eggs, green onions, bean sprouts, and ground peanuts with Pad Thai sauce.
L2. Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles)
     Fresh wide rice noodles, eggs, ground chili, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and basil.
L3. Pad Se Ew
     Fresh wide rice noodles, eggs, carrots, and broccoli.
L4. Evil Jungle
     Thai special curry sauce dispensed onto wide noodles with bell peppers and bamboo shoots.
L5. Pad Ka-Prow
     Ground fresh chili, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and sweet basil.
L6. Sweet & Sour
     Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, carrots, pineapple, and bell peppers with sweet & sour sauce.
L7. Thai Ginger
     Fresh ginger, mushrooms, black mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers.
L8. Cashew Nut
     Water cashew nut, onions, bell peppers, and cashew nut served with sweet chili paste.
L9. Pra Ram (Swimming Rama)
     Steamed vegetables with peanut sauce.
L10. Garlic & Pepper
     Stir fried mixed vegetables in garlic sauce.
L11. Pad Ruam Mit
     Mixed vegetables in mild house special brown sauce.
L12. Pad Phet
     Eggplant, bamboo shoots, onions, bell peppers, and basil with spicy chili paste.
L13. Eggplant Lovers
     Bell peppers, onions, eggplant, and basil with sweet chili paste.
L14. Red Curry
     Eggplant, bamboo sprouts, bell peppers, and basil with red curry in coconut milk.
L15. Green Curry
     Eggplant, bamboo sprouts, bell peppers, and basil with green curry in coconut milk.
L16. Yellow Curry
     Potatoes, carrots, and onions with yellow curry in coconut milk.
L17. Mussaman Curry
     Potatoes, carrots, onions, and peanuts with mussaman curry in coconut milk
L18. Panang Curry
     Green beans, bell peppers, and kaffir lime leaves with panang curry in coconut milk
L19. Pineapple Curry
     Pineapples, bell peppers, tomatoes, mixed vegetables, and basil in Thai red curry.
L20. Thai Fried Rice
     Fried rice with eggs, tomatoes, onions, carrots, peas, and green onions.
L21. Hot Basil Fried Rice (Evil Meeting)
     Fried rice with chili sauce, eggs, bell peppers, onions, and basil.
L22. Pineapple Fried Rice
     Fried rice with eggs, raisins, cashew nuts, tomatoes, pineapples, and green onions.
L23. Golden Fried Rice
     Fried rice with eggs and curry powder with mixed vegetables.


DESSERTS

Coconut Ice Cream ... $1.00
Mango with Sticky Rice (seasonal) ... $4.50


SIDE ORDERS

Steamed Rice ... $1.00
Sticky Rice ... $1.00
Peanut Sauce ... $1.00
Steamed Vegetables ... $2.00


BEVERAGES

Coconut Juice ... $2.00
Mango Juice ... $2.00
Thai Ice Tea ... $1.50
Thai Ice Coffee ... $1.50
Hot Tea ... $1.00


Dave's Comments:
     The Thai Café opened near the end of November, 2001.  Before that, it was Mama's Cafe, a Russian breakfast and lunch diner. I started going there from across the street where I was working.
     One of Thai Cafe's dishes, God Bless America (#25), was named in honor of the September 11th event, which occurred just before Cherry and Sombat started their business.  It wasn't long before I felt that I had new friends in Sombat and Cherry, who are brother and sister.  Later, Oat, their cousin, replaced Sombat at the Café.  He soon became a friend, too.
     In July of 2004, New owners took over from Cherry and Oat, who said they were returning to Thailand. They are Robert and Amy. They have been following in the same tradition, with good healthy meals, keeping most of the same recipes. They are also friendly, so the atmosphere at the Café: remained the same. 
     In 2005, they had two waitresses helping them, Juliana and Ivy.
     In June 2006, Robert and Amy sold the place. It has been renamed and is now Chai Thai Cuisine. Joy is now the new CEO, and hopes to become the owner. The food is still as good as ever, and the people, Joy and her step-father, also seem to be friendly.

--Dave Sawyer


Dave's poems that were written about the Café, and the people connected with it:

Thai Café         IVY         JULIANA         Sombat & Cherry         Oat's Birthday


Thai Café

The Thai Café on S.E. Stark
Has lots of food that hits the mark.
And served the way that you'll enjoy.
It tastes so good, so don't be coy.

Come to Thai Café for lunch,
And come again to dine or munch.
For food to go, or stay and dine.
Éat at Thai Café; it's fine.

by David E. Sawyer on May 15, 2003


IVY

Ivy climbs o'er obstacles;
   She's lively, and she's strong.
Very soon she'll overpow'r
   Whatever comes along.
Yet in her strength, there's beauty,
   A living, breathing song.

by David E. Sawyer on October 1, 2005
I submitted the poem the same day to poetry.com and it is to be published in the anthology, The Best Poems and Poets of 2005.


JULIANA

Joy sings in the morning
Until late at night.
Laughter and pleasure,
In all take delight.
All good will surround you.
No troubles will stay,
As long as your heart doesn't stray from the Way.

by David E. Sawyer on August 2, 2005


Sombat & Cherry

Sombat and Cherry, they have a café
Where the food is the best, and I really must say
That of all of the places in which I have ate
It's the only place I've had the Earth on a plate.
The food is sublime and the service is great.
And if you're in a hurry, you've not long to wait.
For they'll stir it up fast, add the spices to please
And just enough sugar, your taste buds to tease.
The place may be small, but it's got lots of heart,
And it's best if you come in and eat a la carte.
So my friend, if your wondering what you should eat
Then come in for the Thai food on SE Stark Street.

by David E. Sawyer on March 1, 2002


Oat's Birthday

Oat has come another year
Along his life's career
To places strange and dear.

But now, today we celebrate,
And wish you on this date,
No ill to be your fate;
That you will prosper everywhere,
In everything you dare,
Victorious, here and there.
Our hearts are full of joy this time,
Remembering with this rhyme,
All memories sublime.
Today we wish the best for you
In every thing you do.
A Happy Birthday Too!

 

by David E. Sawyer on July 1, 2003