Guam Diner Bytes: Suphan Thai Restaurant
Suphan Thai has been surprising many with their excellent Thai preparations. Their base of loyal repeat customers has been increasing by multiple factors since they opened last year. They are now offering brown Jasmine Rice! I should also mention that Suphan Thai will be serving Marianas Sweet Shrimp in the very near future. They are the only Thai restaurant that has been serving a spicy Thai sashimi shrimp appetizer (normally $10). This past week owners Brad Jiblits and his wife Thum had the opportunity to use Marianas Sweet Shrimp in place of the regular shrimp they use.
I was able to sample taste this the other night and I was completely overwhelmed by the intensity of flavors with the sweet meat texture and taste of the Marianas sweet shrimp coming through! Believe it or not, it was my first time trying their shrimp sashimi dish. It was most excellent and I was excited for Brad and Thum about this new fresh shrimp that promises to make a lot of folks happy. I saw a couple this past night who were ecstatic about this new sweet shrimp taste; they’ll have it again. Suphan may develop a special promo package for this that may include some beer.
The other appetizer I had were Suphan’s Chicken Wings ($8), which are deep-fried with a lot of garlic, black pepper, and seasoning. They are accompanied by a zesty sweet chili dipping sauce. I also had what I consider to be a new up and coming favorite, the yum woon seen ($9) which is a spicy noodle salad that is made with your choice of ground chicken or pork that’s mixed with chilies, lime juice, onion, green onions, parsley, tomato and done Thai style. This dish is served warm and really razzle dazzles the palate if you order it hot (pika), like I do! The clear rice noodles mix easily with all the ingredients in a sensational combination of flavors.
My last dish was the red curry bamboo with beef ($9), which is cooked with fresh coconut milk, fresh bamboo shoots, and fresh basil! So much freshness, no wonder it’s so good! I also had this dish hot (pika) and paired it with the brown Jasmine rice. Suphan’s food is all cooked to order so it does take a little more time, especially if they are busy. You may consider calling your order in advance. Since they are open most of the day, you can always drop in for a late lunch or early dinner.
Ken “The Guam Food Guy” Stewart