BANGKOK DELIGHT 8825 Centre Park Drive in Columbia. Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday; 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call (410) 730-0032. Colorful, ornate paper umbrellas hang upside-down from the ceiling of Bangkok Delight, making for a fun eating atmosphere. The eat-in menu is extensive, but the carryout menu has plenty to offer as well, including four soup dishes, 10 appetizers, a handful of desserts and close to 30 entrees, ranging from curry to seafood to Thai fried rice and noodles. Thai food is generally spicy, but dishes here are cooked according to a customer's taste -- mild, medium, very hot or native Thai. Medium is recommended for those who like just a hint of spiciness.
Some Thai recipes can be heavy-handed when it comes to coconut milk, a rich, fattening ingredient that dominates many curry dishes. Among the most popular curry dishes are Panang ($7.50), beef or chicken in red curry and coconut milk, and Gaeng Karry Kai ($7.50), chicken or shrimp ($1 extra) sauteed with green peppers, onions and potatoes in yellow curry with coconut milk.
Pad Thai ($7) is one of the restaurant's most requested. The dish consists of a combination of fried rice noodles with bean sprouts, spring onions, spices and a choice of pork, chicken or shrimp ($1 extra). The portion is a heaping plateful, more than enough for two.
The coconut custard dessert ($1.75) is similar to the caramel flan, rich in eggs and sugar. Kluag Khag ($2), deep fried banana, is served with honey and sprinkled with powdered sugar.