We originally hail from the Lower East Side in New York City and, admittedly, have been spoiled much of our lives with Thai food that made you feel a stone’s throw from the Southeastern Asian country itself. Even after moving to St. Paul we still dream about Pok Pok’s Pad Thai or Somtum Der’s Green Papaya Salad.
Truthfully, we thought we’d never get anything like it once we arrived in Minnesota.
We were wrong.
Lucky us, On’s Thai Kitchen exists on University Ave in St. Paul as an answer to our prayers. Chef On Khumchaya started cooking as a youngster at age eight and opened up the kitchen as her first business venture in the states.
Offering some of the freshest ingredients with vibrant flavors and colorful plates, there is no shortage of options and no shortage of satisfaction.
Because we’ve smartened up a bit in our older age, we take advantage of take-out versus dining in, simply for the reason the place is always packed to the brim with patrons. That being said, if you can snag a spot, On’s is best enjoyed in house, where all of the aromas dig deep in your nostrils and your stomach pleads for you to eat it all.
Our favorites? Pad Tofu Sae-Shuan with ground pork and shrimp and Mango Chicken, stir fried and topped with cashews.
There is no better place in the city for the authentic stuff in our opinion, so go here! Just do it. And when you do, if you’re able to get a table, be sure to save a couple seats for us.