A True Taste Of Thai Tradition In Palm Springs

You can't get any more authentic than a family owned and operated traditional restaurant! An enjoyable oasis of Thai House Restaurant, atmosphere, and hospitality, Thai House Restaurant is tucked right next door to Las Casuelas Terraza and can easily be missed in one's search for a delightful dining destination.

But once discovered, this intimate downtown Palm Springs restaurant with tasty traditional Thai dishes will surely be hard to forget. Nisa Hennecke (Owner) and Family (Brother, Nephew & Daughter) have been serving travelers and locals alike for the past 4 years, since Nisa took over ownership when the original owners retired. 

Their experience in owning a restaurant in Thailand and strongly rooted culture, presents its self through the unmistakable flavors of the traditional Thai dishes they create.

While daughter (Panada) helps manage during weekends, You will often find Nisa serving guests herself. Her Brother (Chef) and Nephew are the creative cooks in the kitchen. Nisa created the menu with a variety of Thai and Asian favorites using the freshest ingredients from the farmers market.

“I make all of my dishes for my customers like I would for my family,” she says. “They have to be fresh daily and they have to taste good.”

We decide to try out four outrageous Thai dishes that are most commonly ordered in Thai restaurants plus our favorite dish "Angel Wings” which we will get back to later on. Lets talk about the dishes we chose.

Chicken Satay.

Photo By: Jamie Cannon

Usually ordered as appetizers, these deliciously barbecued boneless chicken marinated with spices are skewered and served with peanut sauce. This dish is also served with a side of cucumber salad, resulting in an enjoyable medley of salty, sweet and sour flavors.

Tom Kha or Thai Coconut Soup

Tom Kha or Thai Coconut Soup, literally "chicken galangal soup." is a coconut milk based spicy sour soup with chicken, mushrooms and galangal creating hints of ginger flavors, served in a Thai Hot Pot. *Galangal plant from the ginger family.

Pineapple Fried Rice.

A delicious blend of salty and sweet flavors, this Thai fried rice is joined with a medley of pineapples, cashew nuts, onions, carrots, eggs and raisins.

Pad Thai

Nisa says customers rave about her Pad Thai, a classic Thai dish created with rice noodles stir-fried with chicken, shrimp, eggs, bean sprouts and green onions and crushed peanuts on the side for an optional crunchy texture and earthy taste.

Angel Wings

Our absolute favorite! Theses plump outrageous wings are de-boned and stuffed with ground pork, chicken and shrimp or combination, with minced veggies, glass/rice noodles, herbs and spices then deep fried to a golden perfection, served with sweet and sour sauce.

In conclusion, the authenticity of Thai House rivals some of the favorite places we’ve frequented all over California. Truly fresh ingredients you can tell just by the taste and traditional flavors only an experienced culinary conoscere of Thai cuisine can notice. Palm Springs dining has been growing with more restaurants emphasizing on traditional and authentic cuisine and we can truly say that Thai House is one of the best examples.

Open 7 days a week from 11am-10pm Thai House is available to serve locals and visitors during holidays. And if you stop by make sure to tell Nisa Outrageous City sent you!

Tip: All dishes can be customized to have now spice at all to a level system of 1 - 4

Thai House Restaurant, 246 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. California (760) 778-1728

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