Relaxing Thai curries and lovingly prepared desserts make the perfect duo in Lynnwood

One of the best things about restaurants is that they sometimes surprise you. I was sitting at Areeya Thai and Noodle in Lynnwood, looking at the menu, and started to chuckle. The description of Tom Yum soup reads as follows: “Also the namesake of the popular Thai martial arts movie, ‘Tom Yum Goong.’ Below, the description of the simply named rice soup states that it is ‘served by Thai mothers all over the world in the morning’. Cold and sick days. Definitely not the name of any martial arts movie.”

Under salads, a dish called yum beef is described as roast beef tossed with cucumbers, onions, mint, and tomatoes and “will make you say, ‘Delicious, beef’.”

It continues like this – little sides punctuate throughout the long list. It is surprisingly charming and fun. None of these add-ons are on Areeya’s internet listing – you’ll have to come by to find them. During a recent phone call, I asked the owner Bonya Tibiasuthi who wrote the menu and he replied that it was his daughter Arya, who goes by the restaurant’s namesake.

“My English is not good enough,” he laughs.

Tibiasuthi, his wife Yarnben Tiranoti (accompanied by Mui Te) and their daughter have lived in Shoreline for nearly 20 years after emigrating from Thailand. Tipyasothi operates Racha Thai restaurants (with locations in Redmond, Queen Anne and Bellevue), while Areeya Thai and Noodle – which will celebrate their 10th anniversaryThe tenth Anniversary in July – and Sweet Moon, the dessert concept next door that opened in February, is run by Moi Tee and Areeya.

The menu at Areeya is very personal, filled with regional Thai dishes that Moi Tee loves. In an email, Moi Tee wrote that she drew inspiration from her travels around the country — from the comforting staple of Hong Lai in northern Thailand to the spicy basil-crunchy pork belly from the streets of Bangkok.

When I travel I like to taste [everywhere] From local street food markets to five star restaurants. “A lot of them give me the opportunity to expand my experience in the kitchen.”

The Hong Lai Curry ($18.50) features pork belly slow-cooked in a dark coconut curry with tamarind juice and ginger. Lumps of lychee, lotus seed, and sweet potato add even more sweetness, while a clove of garlic and northern Thai spices help balance all that sweetness. and arrive slightly thickened in an earthenware pot; Make sure to order a side of steamed rice.

Tibiasuthi says it is uncommon to find the dish in other restaurants because although it is not difficult to prepare, it does take a long time.

“It’s a special local food,” he says.

The rest of the list looks like a wander through Thailand through Moi Tee’s eyes. They sell hoi tod, the fried mussel pie, because they also sell pud thai (slang spelling for pad Thai) and the duo is what Moi Tee calls “friend dishes”, that is, dishes that are always ordered together. She serves up crispy pork with spicy fried basil from central Thailand because it’s a dish she loves so much that she would eat it “every day if my doctor would let me.”

And the menu’s funny sides are subtle—like the delicious beef salad ($14.50) with juicy slices of roast beef topped with fresh basil, mint, cucumber and tomato in a lime vinaigrette. It really makes you say “yummy, beef!” while eating.

Caramelized Chicken Wings ($10.50) is crunchy, sticky, and hot/sweet—the note says it’s “a sticky yet delicious start to any meal.” The five wings arrive at the table hot and have to be eaten as quickly as possible before the caramel coating hardens like candy.

The dishes are well proportioned, big enough to where if you order a few they can be shared around the table. The service is friendly and informal, just like the menu.

Mee Toi writes that over the past decade she has tried to create dishes that will please customers – but there was always one thing that bothered her.

“Candy and sweet stuff. I [have] Great candy. It nourishes my heart and soul. Thai people will cross [it] She wrote “De Tour Guy,” which is an emotional phrasing when something makes you happy.

Her sweet tooth was finally satisfied in February when they decided to convert half of the restaurant into Sweet Moon, a bright space with its own entrance and a wall of fake purple wisteria for excellent selfie opportunities. There’s bubble tea, coffee, and a whole list of Asian sweets, from bingo to Japanese honey toast.

Mi Toy hopes sweets will make people feel “de tour jay,” and writes, “The love of sweetness and sweetness began unknown but happened naturally. As [I’m] Old age, dessert even before the meal without compromise. Many trips are basically just a search for local sweetness to satisfy sweet cravings.”

Honey Toast ($17) is a true stir-fry, with a slab of Japanese milk toast topped with scoops of vanilla and strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, strawberry syrup, and fluffy cookies. Fresh berries of all kinds are scattered on the plate and a handful of fluffy rice crunchy like edible glitter is sprinkled over the entire lot. It’s photogenic, sure, but it’s also exhilarating. Pleasing who loves sweets.

Japanese cheesecake is a marvel — somewhat dense and fluffy — and not overly sweet, while a brown sugar milk (boba pearls still warm) milk latte ($5.85) can make your teeth ache in the best way possible.

Restaurant Duo Together – Thai comfort food combined with delicious desserts – are just like mussel dumplings and Thai pudding, friends that should always be enjoyed together.

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