Charm: authentic Thai
by Sarah | July 26, 2012
I work with a man who has traveled extensively around the world to places of which nobody has heard. So, when he invites me to lunch for any type of authentic food from across the globe, I’m usually right behind him.
The other day he suggested Charm for authentic Massaman Curry Chicken ($7.95). The dish, which contains chicken, potatoes, bell peppers and onions was covered with a peanut Massaman curry sauce and was delicious. You can also order it with vegetables only or with shrimp, tofu or beef for a dollar more. If you come, I definitely this dish as a great place to start.
After my initial visit, I returned with another group from work to get a little more variety in the dishes we sampled. I had the Thai Kung Pao chicken ($8.50 – see a pic) with rice. It consisted of lightly-breaded chicken, pineapple, carrots, onion, green onions, bell pepper and was topped with a cashew nut spicy sauce. It was very tasty. This Thai version of Kung Pao is different from the Chinese version at Nhinja or Pei Wei in that it’s chock full of veggies and the sauce is much lighter in its consistency.
The group tried the Thai Spring Rolls (4 for $6.95 – see a pic) as an appetizer. In my opinion, spring rolls are always better than egg rolls because of their thinner wrapper. These particular rolls were bursting with chicken, carrots and glass noodles and they were served with a delicious house plum sauce. There are lots of different kinds of sauces here, and I would compare this one to a light-colored, thin honey. The sweet flavor gives your taste buds a reprieve from all of the salt and spice. In past visits, we’ve also tried the Crab Rangoon (large order is $7.95) and it’s served with the same plum sauce. With the Rangoon, there is a lot more of the fried wonton than filling. So, order according to your taste.
Two others on this particular day ordered the Cashew Nut chicken ($7.95 – see a pic) and the Teriyaki chicken ($7.95). The main differences between these two dishes are the flavors of the sauces and one or two veggies. We also sampled the Fried Garlic chicken ($7.95 – see a pic). The little bits of crispy, fried garlic on top of this dish earned it rave reviews.
The winner on this visit, however, was the Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken ($7.95 – see a pic). In the middle of a heaping pile of rice you’ll find tons of chicken, pineapple, tomato, cashews, onions, green onions and raisins. Again, the sweetness of the fruit is just what the salt and spice need for balance. I would definitely suggest ordering this or the Massaman. All of the dishes are tasty, but seem pretty familiar until you branch out to these two very unique options.
Charm offers a choice of spiciness for each dish on a scale of one through five. Two is just about right for me. They also offer a lunch special Monday through Friday for $6.95 from 11am to 2pm.
The restaurant interior is small but very nicely appointed (see a pic). There are only about eight or nine tables. There is usually only one cook and one server, but each time I have visited, service has been quick and efficient. It’s a very well-run place. One would expect it to be, as it is owned by the same people behind another OKC Thai favorite, Sala Thai (they also own Clay Pot and Spoon Thai).
Have you been to Charm? Let us know what you’ve tried and what you think in the comments below.
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