- Molly Zapp
- Siam Valley Thai Restaurant
After 15 years of working in Stowe restaurants, including at the former location of Japanese steak house Hana, chef Pantita Pasukdee decided she needed to do something for herself and for her family. Her recipe for family fun? Open her own Thai restaurant, where her 11-year-old daughter can hang out while the chef cooks for Lamoille County.
Pasukdee opened Siam Valley Thai Restaurant on May 17 on Brooklyn Street in Morrisville, in the building that formerly housed the A&W. The large menu has Bangkok-style staples, including papaya salad, tom yum soup and five different curries. More upscale dinner options include deep-fried sea bass with green curry sauce, and spicy basil duck.
The 34-seat restaurant offers takeout and table service (though no alcohol) and is relatively easy on the wallet, with lunch specials under $8 and dinner curries under $10.
Pasukdee said she sources fresh galangal, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass from California, using them to make her own curry pastes. But "the secret" of her popular panang curry? "Put more peanut butter, and the people like it," she said confidently.