Chom’s adds to Troy’s di­verse food op­tions

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan lhalligan@digitalfirstmedia.com @Lau­renTheRecord on Twit­ter

TROY, N.Y.» Since I start­ing work­ing in down­town Troy four years ago, I’m con­stantly blown away by the ever-grow­ing, di­verse and amaz­ing food op­tions this city is so lucky to have.

Within walk­ing dis­tance from my of­fice I can eat Mex­i­can, Moroc­can, Mediter­ranean, Ir­ish, Korean, Car­ribean, Hawai­ian, Ja­panese, In­dian and now Thai cui­sine.

Last week I had the plea­sure of vis­it­ing Chom’s Cafe for the first time. Chom’s Cafe is pri­mar­ily a Thai restau­rant, as owner Chom Kam­moei is orig­i­nally from Thai­land, but it also serves some Viet­namese and Chi­nese food.

Upon ar­riv­ing, Kam­moei gave me a warm wel­come, then pro­ceeded to in­tro­duce me to sev­eral dif­fer­ent dishes that I’d never tried be­fore.

My first taste of Chom’s Cafe was a nice, hot bowl of Tom Yum Soup ($6). Made with lemon­grass, kaf­fir lime, king oys­ter mush­rooms and toma­toes in a chili broth, “It’s spicy, sweet, sour, tangy - ev­ery­thing,” Kam­moei told me be­fore I took my first spoon­ful, and she was right. It had all of the fla­vors.

In all of my sam­pling at Chom’s Cafe - ev­ery­thing across the board was in­cred­i­bly fla­vor­ful.

The dish I was most blown away with was the Lemon­grass Mus­sel ap­pe­tizer ($12). I was pre­sented with a beauti-

ful, large spread of mus­sels on the half shell, with the meat al­ready de­tached for con­sumer con­ve­nience. On each one was a spicy red curry sauce and fresh lemon­grass, and it was ab­so­lutely de­li­cious.

Next up, bone­less chicken wings ($12) - but not like the kind you get at the pub. These wings from Chom’s Cafe were stuffed with ground chicken, shrimp, cel­lo­phane noo­dle, car­rot and cilantro. A yummy com­bi­na­tion alone, they come with sweet chili sauce for dip­ping, and make for a good, share­able ap­pe­tizer.

The only dish I was al­ready fa­mil­iar with on the af­ter­noon of my Chom’s Cafe feast was Pad Thai ($8 lunch/$12 din­ner) - Thai rice noo­dles stir fried with egg, bean sprouts, green onions and ground peanut. Though I’ve never met a Pad Thai dish I didn’t like, Chom’s was par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing - and a su­per safe bet for new, less ad­ven­tur­ous din­ers that might not be ready for all the in­tense fla­vors I ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing my first meal at Chom’s.

Fi­nally, I was treated with my first ever Crispy Fish Tamarind ($19), a house spe­cial en­tree at Chom’s Cafe. While some might be squea­mish about a crispy fried tilapia look­ing up at you from the plate, my sug­ges­tion is to just get over it, be­cause it tastes ex­cel­lent. I’ll ad­mit, I wasn’t sure if I was go­ing to en­joy this one, but then, there I was pop­ping back each fried piece of fish un­til I fin­ished it off. The sweet and tangy tamarind sauce was some­thing new to me, and I sim­ply couldn’t get enough of it.

So, of ev­ery­thing I had at Chom’s Cafe, I rec­om­mend it all, with an ex­tra nudge to­ward the Lemon­grass Mus­sels if you’re into shell­fish.

Much of what I had dur­ing my was seafood, but Chom’s Cafe has lots of menu op­tions for the meat-lover, veg­e­tar­ian or ve­gan - in­clud­ing Gen­eral Tso Chicken, Tofu Sum­mer Rolls, Pineap­ple Fried Rice, as well as all types of Viet­namese Ver­mi­celli and Pho. In the fu­ture, Kam­moei plans to add a sushi bar, too.

Lo­cated at 32 Fourth St. in down­town Troy, Chom’s Cafe is open for lunch and din­ner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Dine-in, take-out and de­liv­ery ser­vice are all avail­able.

More in­for­ma­tion about Chom’s Cafe is avail­able on­line at www.chom­scafe. com or www.face­book. com/chom­scafe. To con­tact Chom’s Cafe by phone call 518-238-3037.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN -- LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

A grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion for the new Chom’s Café, lo­cated at 32 Fourth St. in down­town Troy is sched­uled for 10:30 a.m. on Feb 14.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN -- LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

Bone­less wings at the new Chom’s Café are stuffed with chicken and shrimp, and served with a sweet chili sauce.

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