New Thai noodle house in Orland features pho
A new family-owned Thai restaurant has opened in Orland and is currently the lone restaurant in the city which serves the dish “pho,” amongst a variety of traditional Thai offerings.
Framed photos of elephants and other decorations from the former Thai restaurant “Sophia’s” in Paradise line the walls of the new K&M Thai Noodle House, located at 1050 South St. in Orland.
Beef combination, rare beef, beef meatball and oxtail pho are all offered as part of the menu at K&M Thai Noodle House. All of the noodle soups served with bean sprouts, lime wedges and Thai basil.
Monica Paniague opened K&M Thai Noodle House on Sept. 11 and said she decided to open the restaurant because of her love for Thai food and her growing relationship of 15 plus years with the restaurant’s cook Sophia Patterson.
In May, Paniague noticed the location of what was formerly La Calle Restaurante and the Willows resident noticed there was no noodle house in the area. With a background as a server at Sophia’s and currently employed as loan signing agent and at a law firm, Paniague decided she would give owning her own restaurant a try.
In addition to four different types of pho served in beef broth, the restaurant offers different pan fried noodles such as
the most popular dish pad Thai. Soups, curries and the traditional Thai salad nam tok are also offered as part of the menu.
Vegetarian and shrimp spring rolls are included with others on the appetizer menu, and mango sticky rice and friend banana are offered for desserts. Sodas, Thai tea, Thai iced coffee, hot tea and coconut juice are included in the drink menu.
Paniague said the menu offerings focus on noodles dishes, whereas Sophia’s had rice dishes, stir fry and other dishes but it didn’t have pho.
“We ourselves love pho and we wanted to bring it to Orland to where it’s the same as if you’re doing it at home,” Paniague said. “Home cooked food is always the best, and we make it a lot at home.”
She said the restaurant would need a larger kitchen and larger staff to account for a larger menu but wanted to keep it simple at the start.
“It’s mainly a noodle house so we focus on noodles and that’s why we don’t have very many rice dishes at all,” Paniague said. “Generally you’d have fried rice, but we don’t have that here. We’re trying to keep it simpler.”
Paniague said the most popular selling dish thus far has been the pad Thai as well as the pho, though her favorite dish is actually the barbecue chicken which is also featured on the menu.
Paniague said the first day open was a bit hectic and chaotic and kitchen staff realized some things had to be rearranged on day two to ensure things ran smoothly and customers’ food came out promptly. Since opening day the restaurant has added an additional prep cook and will be bringing on additional staff soon.
K&M Thai Noodle House is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday for lunch, and re-opens each day from 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner.
Paniague said she hoped for the restaurant to be open seven days per week, but currently Patterson is the primary cook and until she is able to train someone to fill her shoes the restaurant will be open five days per week.
A full menu for K&M Thai Noodle House can be found on its Facebook page by visiting https://bit. ly/39wQbDQ.