Salt Lake City is home to some great Thai food and Ekamai might be the best. I was first introduce to Ekamai and Woot (the awesome owner) when Russ lived above the first location on 300 South and 336 West. After frequenting Ekamai on a near daily basis, Russ and Woot became great friends and we have been eating Ekamai’s amazing Thai food ever since.
Ekamai’s first downtown location is a fast, easy way to get some of the best Thai food in the city. They have different made-to-order specials daily, but the set menu of various kids of curry and my personal favorite, the Massaman Beef, you can get on a regular basis. The staff is friendly, and you can get in and out for a quick lunch in no time. The food won’t disappoint.
About a year ago, Woot opened a second location in Sugarhouse. This location is a sit down restaurant with a more detailed and in-depth menu. The atmosphere of this location is quirky, modern, and inviting – and you can get more of a sense of Woot’s food and the array of flavors that Ekamai has to offer. Recently, we took some family from out of town to the Sugarhouse Ekamai to enjoy their awesome patio and eat some amazing food. Here are some dishes that I would highly recommend you try on your next visit!
Curry Dumplings ($7) Steamed pork and vegetable dumplings served with a green curry sauce. These babies will start any meal off right. Amazing flavor – light, fresh, and delicious – and also different from your typical dumpling with more complexity. These dumplings are surprising and wonderful.
Tofu Satay ($8) Grilled tofu on the skewer served with peanut sauce and cucumber salad. If you think that tofu doesn’t have a lot of flavor, you will be proven wrong with this tasty dish. I actually prefer the tofu over the chicken satay. The peanut dipping sauce is wonderful as well. So many great things going on in this appetizer – I could this every day.
Pad Thai ($12 w/ Chicken, Tofu, Beef, or Pork, $15 Seafood) Rice noodles stir fried with tofu, dried shrimp, egg, chives, and bean sprouts, with a peanut and chili tamarind sauce. Who doesn’t like a good Pad Thai? This is one of the best – light and flavorful with shrimp that are perfectly cooked and tofu that holds its own!
Some other favorites were the Drunken Noodles (flat rice noodles stir fried with onion, bell pepper, broccoli basil, egg, tomato, baby corn and chili oil) and the Pad See Ew (rice noodles stir fried with egg, carrots, baby corn, and broccoli). What I really like about Ekamai is that their food is noticeably fresh and the flavors are interesting and complex – but light at the same time. After a meal at Ekamai, you leave feeling satisfied and happy – but not overdone. Woot and Ekamai have an amazing thing going – so don’t miss out!