Where To Bite Thai – Chilli Duck [Boston, MA]

Where to Bite

Steamed mixed vegetables are complemented by a salty-sweet brown sauce and hearty brown rice in the Rama Garden, a go-to healthy bite.

There are certainly no shortage of Thai restaurants in Boston, and everyone seems to be a champion for one in particular.  The Chilli Duck, at 829 Boylston Street has long been my favorite place to fill a craving for Thai cuisine.

One of the first things I look for on a restaurant’s menu is the chance to choose.  As a vegetarian, it’s frustrating being told that my only options are the house salad or pasta primavera.  In general, I find Asian-cuisine to be a far more hospitable culinary climate.  The presence of tofu as a menu-staple is a major contributing factor to the variety available on Chilli Duck’s menu.

The dry curry prik khing sauce makes this dish one of my good friend’s favorites. Add tofu, as pictured above, to make the entree more filling.


Recommended Dishes: The Pad Woon Sen is my ultimate Chilli Duck bite. Delicate bean thread noodles come mixed with baby corn, snow peas, mushrooms, and a variety of other vegetables.  Add tofu or additional vegetables for no additional cost. For a lighter option, try the Lemongrass Entree, a medley of winter vegetables in a crisp lemongrass sauce.

The Not-So-Good Bite: The portions at Chilli Duck are more than substantial.  For a healthier night out, try putting half aside and take it to go.  You’ll still have a filling meal, and lunch will be taken care of the next day.

The Good Bite:  Prices are all over the place at Chilli Duck.  But unless you have a penchant for a whole steamed fish filet ($19.95) most dishes are reasonably priced, between $8.95 and $13.95. The good news is with the big portions, it’s easy to split dinner with a friend or make that money last by saving leftovers for another meal.

The Best Bite: In addition to the wide variety of vegetarian options, the menu marks all of these with a little green leaf, taking all the guess work out of that what-exactly-is-in-the-spring-roll-anyway moment. What’s more, most entrees can include a protein of your choice, and thus can be kept as vegetarian.

For those who have been, what’s your favorite Chilli Duck bite? For those who haven’t, what’s the next Thai restaurant I need to try?
Off to find another little bite,

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