Last weekend, we were treated to an experience like none other at Pakpao in the Design District. Suki Sundays at Pakpao is a communal meal that begs to be enjoyed with friends. I only wish you could smell the aromas through your computer or mobile device right now.
Suki Sundays starts with a $9.95 price for the basic setup. You choose your broth (original, spicy lemongrass or veg) and then you add items a la carte. These can be more pedestrian items like chicken, tofu, noodles and mushrooms, or less common items like pork liver, squid and fish balls. That’s a ball made of fish, not the genitals off a fish, in case you were curious. Speaking of which, I suggest letting your curiosity get the better of you and ordering up whatever sounds interesting. Once you do, and your hot pot is steaming, you dip, cook, sauce and eat until it’s all gone and you’re out of room in your clothes.
We got a nifty split pot with Spicy Lemongrass and Pakpao Original to taste them both. The scent was incredible. Lemongrass, chiles, coconut milk, and probably some Thai magic or something. While that business heated up, out came our plates of dipables. As you can see, there’s plenty to play with over here. From cabbage and bok choy to mung bean noodles (a must-order) and three fish things that each taste kinda like gefilte fish, in a good way.
With just a little bit of direction (noodles cook for 5 seconds, so lower them in with a basket utensil and then put them in your bowl), we were ready to start enjoying. My refreshing glass of housemade lemongrass chile soda complemented the Thai flavors perfectly.
Let’s keep looking, shall we?
There’s a couple of delicious sauces that come out as well, soybean chili garlic and sesame bean curd chili sauce.
In the end we ate as much as we could fit, and it was such a fun flavor experience. Big thanks to the folks at Pakpao for having us!
Pakpao | 1628 Oaklawn Ave | pakpaothai.com
NOTE: We were invited to enjoy this Suki Sunday experience by the chef and team at Pakpao. Thus, our meal was comped. But I wouldn’t lie to you, friends, this experience was fun, delicious and something I’d definitely do again on my own dime.