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There are as many definitions of real Thai food as there are cooks making it. Yet still there are so many flavors and dishes not thoroughly represented. We hesitate to call Bon Palay a Thai establishment as it doesn't fit the mold and is not what foodies have come to expect. It is however, in aspiration, the type of place we would seek out when traveling.
While we do offer many of the Thai items that Americans are accustomed to our focus is also on the sadly neglected everyday food that is, although less auspicious, equally delicious. This food is not spicy and doesn't have to be unless you want it to be. We can bring the heat, but only to accentuate, not to overwhelm. Great flavor absent of spice is an option. Simple dishes such as Palo are everyday essential sustenance yet fail to show up on any standard Thai menu. Dressed up or dressed down and with a little tweaking traditional everyday Thai food becomes accessible to any palate and is just as exciting as the fancier fare. We would not do a message like this justice if we didn't mention regional cuisine differences. The food we try to present here is in our experience predominantly central Thailand. Bangkok and the eastern region of Isaan (the left elephant ear), Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) and some items from the south that have inserted their way into the Thai table mainstream. A culinary expert may beg to differ and we would enthusiastically receive all feed back within the context of this Americanization melting pot authenticity quagmire. If this over baked long winded explanation seems a bit morbido al dente its meant only to highlight sensitivity and respect for a culinary culture that prides itself deeply on preserving traditional and official flavors and methods. We know what we are... a small comfort-food shop. In our travels we've seen regional variation prove that while no one is right, good food is good food and therefor, with a tempered fidelity no one is wrong.
Small plates, Thai tapas, Call them what you will. So much of Thai dining is done a la carte family style with everyone getting a chance to try many small dishes. With tasty street cart bites and more complex fare let your tongue dance around as many flavors as you like. Far from style, the practice is a standard. For a specific reference you can look to Chinese dim sum or Thai kaodtomgoy ( ข้าวต้มกุ๊ย )
Reminiscent of so many culinary nooks found throughout Thailand the open-kitchen dining room offers full immersion in the sound, scent and style of Thai cooking from the tap tap tap of a crock to the sizzle in a wok.
While not everything is sourced locally that is ultimately the goal at Bon Palay. We do try to source items as locally as possible. That might mean fish farm raised in the mid-western United States vs. an international source. We also have a local sister farm to source organically grown herbs, vegetables and fruit using sustainable and responsible and organic methods. The farm is early in its development and is currently focused on preparing the soil and farm ecosystem for a no till to limited till system. See BrigidFarms.com soon to find out more or on the menu below check out the "What's Fresh and Local?" section in the coming 2017 season to see what is grown and/or sourced locally.
This is a mixed house and as such we offer a number of western items on the catering menu. Good food is good food and as such we feel it needs no label. A number of passed down Irish and Polish and Italian family recipes round out the offerings nicely and present options for a group or a family or a couple or perhaps even an individual with diverse tastes.
New Location to be announced soon.
small plate Items available on our catering menu. These items will occasionally be available on our frequently updated in house menu.
Whats Fresh from Brigid Farms
St Brigid's cross, An old Irish symbol of exalted humility fashioned in spirit from the ancient goddess known by the same name and celebrated for spring fertility, fire and song. With all its significance it isn't gilded or jeweled... isn't molded from gold or silver... remains as it was fashioned eons ago... a simple weave of grass... power in simplicity... humbleness... its not dressed up... losing meaning... adding meaning... the cross like st Brigid is a heady mix of seasoned sentiment and perennial hope... myth and timeless truth of human condition... of legend of old and spirit of new.
The cross is fashioned from simple elements.... not meant for permanence except for the indelible marks on us and the reverence for the simple pleasures it represents in spring fertility, fire and song. In kind, good food, craftsmanship, and a sensory celebration of life is our approach.
So too should food be... wholesomely indulgent... simple.... from simple elements and crafted with contemporary spirit. Each experience making a mark on us... an indelible impression... to expect the same again and not less maybe.... to see something new for the first time.... and to see something familiar new again. As foodies we strive to cook the type of food we would want to experience ourselves. A natural extension of that process involves growing the ingredients we want to cook with.
Good food starts with good ingredients. We hope to offer items on the Bon Palay menu in 2017 that incorporate organic locally grown produce from Brigid Farms as well as from other local farms.
06-22-18 The best laid plans of mice and men so often DO go awry. The plough of powers that be beyond us can rake over ANY home. In all stature and whether by proximity of loft or of lofty ideal it seams to be that real estate is always in too much demand. Maybe in 2019 after all the nonsense emotionally antagonistic behavior equivalent to what a couple of new kids on the play ground have to deal with... maybe then we'll be able to offer something substantial AND we would love to work with others... officially calling all collaborators. Please contact us.
There are No hard rules for Thai breakfast. There are no rules at all. At home, breakfast is usually what wasn't finished the night before with some additional items and its always 'family style.' There are a few things are typically eaten only in the morning and a large morning meal is seen as critically important to health but really anything goes as to what that meal consists of. Below are some pictures of Bon Palay Thai Breakfast offerings and items.
A nice Breakfast spread.
Pictured here are some items from the breakfast menu and this is what a typical spread would look like for two people.
Congee / rice porridge. Pictured here Bon Palay style with crispy rice noodles, scallion, a poached egg and moo deng (marinated ground pork and tapioca)
#1 Koowa Prik Gaeng
ground meat sauteed with just a touch of oil and just a touch of red curry and lots of herbs and spices.
#2 Koowa Gling Gai
ground chicken with lemon grass, wild ginger, Thai lime leaf and just a touch of red curry.
#3 Yum Makeuatate
Diced Tomato salad with shallot, cilantro, in balanced tangy saltiness and sweetness
#4 Kai Senn
Thin Shredded Thai omelette strips that resemble noodles
#5 Salted Duck Egg
#6 Curry Deviled Egg
#7 Yum Mamoowang
Tangy shredded mango salad with roasted peanut, cilantro, shallot, fried shredded smokey fish flakes in a Yum sauce
#8 Het Op Samoon Prai
Variety of muchrooms simmered with lemon grass, Thai basil (horapa) and fish sauce.
#10 Pboo Plamoog Pad Pong Garee
Crab meat squid ring curry salad. (contains dairy)
#12 Moo Wann
Pork belly, Shallot black soy sauce, palm sugar
Pad Fuktong Sai Kai
Kubocha squash pieces seasoned and sauteed with garlic and fried egg. Pictured here with Thai Basil (Horapa). While not formally listed on the menu it can be an option. Ask for availability.
Makeua Yao Choop Kai Taut
Japanese eggplant slices dipped in egg and pan fried. Served with the recommended awesome flavor combo of Nam Prik Kee Ga dipping sauce.