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THAI GARDEN

Thai Garden has added extra spice to Towson Avenue and a friendly place to dine on with a wide variety of dishes originating from Southeast Asia.

Thongliane Volavong opened the restaurant at 4611 Towson Ave. last week and offers 54 dishes under $10 with hours 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For the rest of January, Thai Garden is also running a 10 percent discount special.

Volavong shows an artful mind with special attention to presentation with appetizing designs for her dishes loaded with color, aroma, flavor and balance.

Gina Vongkhamohanh said employees at Sykes Enterprises and Shared Services Center across the street have found the traditional Thai and Laotian cuisine a welcome addition to the neighborhood following the departure of Chopsticks Grill & Tea from that location. The owner noted one loyal customer has visited many times since opening Jan. 11 to try out something each visit.

Tuesday, Volavong prepared a trio of jalapeno fried rice with avocado, (No. 29), crab-cheese wontons with house-made plum sauce (No. 3), and fried chicken wings with sweet-and-sour sauce (No. 39) that was as picturesque as it was tasty. The jalapeno fried rice, as a $10 combination order comes with beef, pork, shrimp, squid, and crab, along with carrots, cilantro and onion. It’s really enough for two average-sized people, or one very hungry person.

Other tempting items on the menu include the dumplings (No. 6), duck noodle soup (No. 15), Thai or Lao style papaya salad (No. 26), and any of the four kinds of curry dishes; red, green, yellow or Panang. There are six kinds of soup, from traditional Pho to Tom Yum Noodle.

Thai Garden also offers a variety of fried rice dishes, including chicken, pork, beef or tofu for $8; seafood (shrimp, squid and crab meat) for $9. All of the appetizers range from $3 to an $8 dish of beef jerky and sticky rice.

For something to wash it down: Tasty beverages from nine kinds of “bubble tea” for $4 to a $2.25 soft drink. Thai coffee and tea are $3.