In the city, Thai curried chicken comes in red, yellow or green. An order usually constitutes an impossibly small box of clumpy white rice and a container of meat and vegetables in a coconut-flavored broth. Here's a sampling of the dish from four local Thai restaurants.
340 N. Charles St. -- 410-727-0125
Hours --11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday
While the yellow curried chicken, $14.65, was the most expensive of the four we sampled, the plastic carton of chicken strips, potato wedges, onion slices and sauce was twice the size. The rice, of course, still came in a teeny white box, but the rest was more than enough to fill two people.
1207 N. Charles St. -- 410-727-1234
Hours --11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday
If you want to clear out your sinuses, go for the green curried chicken, $13.60. It had a thin, rich broth loaded with spice and coconut. Thai Landing also tossed in fresh carrots, peas, corn, string beans and wide bamboo strips.
3316 Greenmount Ave. -- 410-889-6003
Hours --Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday, for dinner Sunday
By red curried chicken, Thai Restaurant means yellow curried chicken with a reddish tint to it. Thai barely cooks the sweet red and green peppers, so they snap and crunch in your mouth. The rest of the dish, $12.55, is mildly spiced and flavored, and makes a good selection for a first-time Thai-eater.
5230 York Road -- 410-433-0040
Hours --11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday; 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday
Bangkok Place's red curried chicken, $8.88, held back on the coconut flavor and went heavy on the spice. A spoonful of broth has plenty of zing. There're also loads of meat and vegetables soaking in the sauce.
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