Lotus of Siam: Thai food porn

When I have an idea, I tend to tell a lot of people about it, gather opinion and then refine it until I take the idea to Wifey Nadia, eventually getting the go-ahead to pursue another of my crazy capers.

In October I went to Las Vegas to celebrate my 28th birthday with my wife and friends Matt, Neil and Gina. Nadia had yet to arrive, but our tight schedule dictated that my birthday dinner be eaten that night, the day before my birthday, because I had tickets to a concert on the day of.

I chose the finest Thai restaurant I’ve been to, the off-strip Lotus of Siam. The restaurant has been praised in Gourmet magazine and received a James Beard award, but those laurels aside, this is simply one of the finest Thai restaurants around.

While waiting for our meal, I began rattling off my ever-morphing idea for a weight loss blog to Chef Brian and his girlfriend Daga. The original plan was to cook recipes from various sources around the Web, but almost immediately Brian chimed in, wanting to get in on the action.

Over a smattering of dishes, we formulated what would eventually become Fat Dude on a Diet.

If you’re in Vegas, plan a stop at Lotus. You won’t forget it.

Now peep the jump for some unadulterated hardcore food porn!

Here’s the eaters:

Neil, Niyaz and Matt and …

Brian, Daga and Gina.

I don’t want to talk much about the dishes, just know they were all amazing and worth every penny:

Angel Wings: Breaded, fried chicken wings stuffed with pork. STUFFED WITH PORK.

Crispy rice: Crunchy rice with bright flavors including bold red onions and fragrant cilantro.

Green papaya slaw: Spicy. Nutty. Clean.

Deep-fried pork jerky: DEEP-FRIED PORK JERKY!

Tom  Kha Gai: Sweet/spicy soup packed with juicy chicken slices, lemon-y punch and plenty of fresh cilantro.

Fried shrimp: The biggest crustaceans I’ve seen at a restaurant … each one is several bites thick, sweet and succulent.

Pad See Ew: Flat rice noodles stir fried with soy sauce, chicken and Chinese broccoli. Pad Thai’s tastier cousin.

Some kinda green curry, maybe Massaman Curry: I can’t remember everything, alright?!

Some kinda red curry: See caption above.

Coconut ice cream: Cool and creamy, the perfect way to come down from a spicy Thai onslaught.

Banana Spring Roll: I’m not fond of banana, but here the fruit shines with a crispy casing and powdered sugar.

The end!

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