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Flavor Profile: Mae Kong Thai Restaurant in New Britain
Some Thai restaurants display all of their condiments — fiery pepper sauces, funky fish sauces and salty soy sauces — with the understanding that customers will want to jazz up the curries to inject more heat and maybe more depth. And some diners routinely douse their food with high-octane sauces — I've been guilty of it — before even really tasting. But think twice before pouring on the flavor-enhancers at Mae Kong, a very good Thai restaurant in New Britain, the only one, in fact. The food there doesn't generally need a lot of extra oomph. If you have a sensitive or delicate palate, you might even want to think about asking for a mild or middle-of-the-road heat level. Which isn't to say that it's a face-melting extreme-heat kind of place, just that they don't shy away from flavor.
By Steve Alcazari
September 25, 2013