Seafood Pik Pow @ Thai Bistro

Last night I went to Thai Bistro for dinner. Again I couldn’t decide what I wanted, so I pulled up a random number generator on my phone and let it pick. It chose the most expensive of the entrees I was considering… gee, thanks. Actually, though, it was a good thing. I went with the Seafood Pik Pow, marked as a spicy dish on the menu. I wondered what exactly made the dish spicy, and the menu helpfully described it as “Shrimp, scallops, and mussels stir fried with baby corn, mushrooms, onions,and Bell peppers in a spicy pik pow sauce.” Oh, OK, pik pow sauce, of course, now it all makes sense.

My server remembered me from Sunday. After I ordered, he walked off to put in my order, then came back because he remembered I said I like my food spicy. “What level do you want? The dish is naturally a little spicy, but we can make it mild, medium, spicy, or fire.” I went with spicy.

It was darn near perfect. The seafood interacted beautifully with the sauce, as did the veggies, making for a meal I thoroughly enjoyed. It definitely had spice but was well within my tolerance level, so much so that I think I’m going to step up to “fire” next time. The server smiled when I told him of my future plans. “We use fresh chiles for the ‘fire’ sauce,” he informed me. “One of the people who works here grows chiles in her back yard. She just dropped off four Ziploc baggies of really good ones.” So, if you like extremely hot spicy food, get in there now and get some of those home-grown chiles.

By the way, if you’re wondering what Pik Pow sauce is, here’s what I found on answers.yahoo.com: “Pik Pow Sauce is a mixture of dried red chili, onion, garlic sugar and fish sauce blended in to a smooth paste.”

They told me they will likely have their liquor license by Sunday, and if so, they will see me for dollar mimosas. A very satisfying second experience at Thai Bistro. Absolutely an A+ meal in my book.