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Rak Thai Cuisine

Jan 07, 2014 09:09AM ● By Style

Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group

I’ve been to quite a few Thai places in my life, but Rak Thai Cuisine in Folsom is the only one I know that plays country music.

I have to admit, I’m not big on country music, but when we stopped in on a recent Monday I found the unusual choice kind of charming.
The eatery’s décor is simple: earthy yellow walls, slate tile floors and grey ceilings, with a few scattered elephant trinkets and plants to round out the sleek vibe. There’s also a small patio space, which should be a fun spot come summertime—and warmer weather.

We started with the aptly named “kickers,” crab and cream cheese wontons with minced imitation crab meat and an extra kick, courtesy of some zingy jalapeños. One of my favorite things about Thai food is its hallmark spicy-sweet pairings, and the perky wontons’ accompanying plum sauce hit that mark perfectly.


Rak Fried Rice with Pork

Photo by Aaron Roseli, © Style Media Group

I’m also a fan of anything peanut, so when our server recommended the pad Thai and was quick to mention it’s sweeter than more traditional (tangier) interpretations of the standby, I knew it would be perfect for my peanutty sweet tooth. Thin delectable rice noodles were wok fried in a sweet and salty sauce with juicy chicken (a welcome surprise to the overcooked jerky-like proteins typically accompanying dishes like this).

My husband ordered his favorite: red curry. As usual, you can take your pick of spice levels (he got “hot”), and his nose was running by the end of the meal, which I guess meant the heat level was spot on. I always like a little snap left in my veggies, so I was happy to find the broccoli, baby corn and string beans al dente.  

To cool off after a hot meal, there’s a small but satisfying dessert menu: homemade coconut ice cream or fried bananas with coconut ice cream. Either way, the marshmallow-like treat is a sticky, creamy must-try. If you don’t have room for dessert, have them pack up a quart to take home for later. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Rak Thai Cuisine, 510 Natoma Station Drive, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-355-8424,

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