Flush of Optimism at Erawan’s New Outpost

Brian Freedman heads to Chinatown’s Erawan with cautious optimism, he’s rewarded with pleasant enough Thai food at a reasonable price.

Green curry built from scratch—no powders or pre- packaged pastes here—boasted all the layering and complexity that makes it one of the emblematic dishes of the country. Almost as impressive as the curry itself—creamy but not cloying, its spice heat tingling the throat but never singeing it—were the vegetables scattered on top. They’d been added at exactly the right moment: Early enough to have absorbed the essence of the curry, late enough to maintain their own firm textures. (The string beans actually squeaked with each bite: A great sign.)

Erawan Gets Down in Chinatown [Philadelphia Weekly]