Fresh Thaiqueria in Carrollton serves novel Thai-Mexican cuisine combo
A new restaurant in Carrollton is doing Asian cuisine but with Mexican influences: Called Fresh Thaiqueria, it's in a small center at 2660 Kelly Blvd. #114, where it's combining the two cuisines in clever ways.
The menu is primarily Asian, with classic dishes like pad Thai and drunken noodles, but also includes items that capitalize on recent fusion-y trends.
One example: their pad-Thai-rito, a burrito filled with all of the ingredients you'd find in pad Thai: noodle, egg, onion, bean sprout, slaw, and choice of chicken, tofu, or beef. This is their creative spinoff of the pho-rito, a similar concoction that puts pho ingredients into a burrito.
They also do buzzy birria tacos, consisting of tacos stuffed with braised meat, then flattened on a cooktop until crisp, and traditionally served with a consomme dip, although their Thai twist is to also offer it with curry sauce.
They have five rice dishes including fried rice and spicy fried rice, plus two Thai curry dishes: a fiery red curry with and a milder yellow curry.
One item that's neither Thai nor Mexican: tater tots, a personal favorite of owner Sirawit Thanomsap, who offers them as a side as well as in a loaded-style appetizer called Dirty Tots, topped with cheese, spicy crema, green onion, and choice of chicken or tofu.
This is Thanomsap's first restaurant, which he opened in early November in a space previously occupied by a restaurant called Thai Carrollton. He's partnered with his cousin, Pete Chertchusak; they basically took over the place but with their unique menu.
"It had been a dream to have my own restaurant," Thanomsap says. "I got my bachelor's degree and worked in an office job, but I got the opportunity to work at a restaurant and learned the ropes."
One of his favorite dishes is Khao Soi noodle soup, a northern Thai-style dish. "If you like noodles and you like curry, it's a good mix together, with a creamy consistency that's not too thick, but not too watery," he says.
They kept the Thai staples that customers wanted, then layered in Mexican elements.
"It struck me that Thai cuisine has a pressed beef soup that's similar to Mexican style soups, and it inspired me to mix the cuisines," he says.
The other inspiration comes from family, in the form of a homey dish called Grandpa Noodle Soup, featuring choice of rice or yellow noodle, green onion, lettuce, and choice of beef shank or birria.
"My grandpa and grandma had their own noodle shop in Thailand and made this noodle soup," he says. "It's something we grew up with, and we had to have it on the menu."