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Thai House offers up spicy, savory cuisine

Jan. 05, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- With winter weather finally blowing down on Huntington, a good way to warm up might be a plate of spicy curry or Pad Thai noodles.

The Thai House is serving up a variety of spicy and savory dishes each day with sides of hot Jasmine tea. Since opening its doors at Pullman Square in 2010 the family-owned restaurant has slowly expanded its menu to include a variety of exotic entrees.

"My family first opened the Thai House restaurant in Dunbar, W.Va., before moving to Winfield," said Kwunwalaii Kamtui, co-owner of the Thai House. "We later moved the business to Huntington when this location became available. It was also convenient when I started attending Marshall University."

She currently runs the restaurant with the aid of her mother and head chef Phatrawadee Hoonsuphab.

"My mom Phatrawadee went to culinary school in Bankock before later working for the Disney Grand Floridian Hotel," Kamtui said. "She later decided to move to West Virginia because it's beautiful and much more quiet than a big city like Orlando."

One of the most popular dishes at the Thai House is Pad Thai ($6.95 for lunch, $10.95 for a dinner portion); rice noodles stir fried with a choice of meat, egg, scallions, ground peanuts and spices.

"Many people love Pad Thai because it's a comfort dish," said Kamtui.

The restaurant also has an assortment of curry dishes such as Gang Dang (red curry) or Gang Ped (roast duck with curry.)

One of the house specials is the Tiger Tear ($14) which is marinated grilled steak with grilled vegetables. Other specialties include the sweet & sour grouper ($14) and pineapple duck ($14). The restaurant also has a growing selection of desserts such as Kow Niew Ai-Tim, a sweet and sticky rice topped with ice cream ($4.95).

Thai House is located at 912 3rd Ave., between Starbucks and 5 Guys Burgers & Fries. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. Lunch hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and dinner hours are from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are from noon to 9 p.m. It is open on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For carry-out orders, catering options and more information, call 304-522-8898.