Thai Pepper

Oct 122005
Authors: Katie Kelley

Thai Pepper

Authentic Thai cuisine made here in the Fort

Thai Pepper

109 East Laurel




Monday – Sunday

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Monday – Sunday

4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Just stepping across the threshold of the Thai Pepper conjures images from the imagination of exotic distant lands. The olfactory sense gets a real delight as the aroma of curry and other Thai spices waft through the air of this cozy little joint. Thai Pepper opened in 1993 and has been serving Fort Collins with some of the best Thai cuisine made from scratch.

Chooanong Tongbua, the owner of Thai Pepper along with her husband, developed the menu around family recipes passed down from her grandmother and mother. All the items offered are completely authentic and can be cooked in a range of spiciness upon request.

"I make it very spicy if you like it," Tongbua said. "I don't want to put any hot peppers if they not ask for it because it's very hot; we use very hot chili – poblano chili – it's very, very hot."

The most popular dishes on the menu include items made with curry such as the Kaeng Khiao Wan (green curry, vegetables, basil, coconut cream and a choice of tofu, chicken, beef or shrimp), Pa Naeng (red curried peanut flavor, Serrano peppers, basil, kaffir lime leaves, coconut cream and choice of tofu, chicken, beef or shrimp) or the Kaeng Ka-Ree (yellow curried chicken, potatoes, sweet onion, coconut cream choice of tofu, chicken, shrimp and served with a cucumber salad).

"Our curry is different than Chinese or Indian," Tongbua said. "A lot of times we have to use Thai spice."

Other dishes that are definite palate pleasers include the Kai Nga (chicken cooked with roasted sesame seeds, tangy and spicy tempura all served with steamed rice), Pad Thai (Thai stir fried stick noodles served with chicken, tofu or shrimp and egg, peanuts, scallions and bean sprouts) and Pad Khing (fresh ginger, pineapple, ear mushrooms, onion, Serrano peppers, garlic sauce all sauteed with choice of tofu, chicken, pork or shrimp).

"We have good food and we have good service – I hope," Tongbua joked. "The way we make it is Thai style, not Americanized. I make it the way I like it."

Also be sure to stop by on Tuesdays where all New Belgium beers are offered for only $2 all day. Or if you want to go completely authentic with your meal try the Singha Beer, which has a strong aftertaste that is sure to compliment your meal.

For the most important item of the meal, definitely try the fried banana covered in coconut with the ice cream or the Thai custard and Sweet rice. At only $2.50 each you'll definitely be thankful for this purchase.

If you've enjoyed Thai food before but can't seem to find your favorite item on the menu, the staff at Thai Pepper will accommodate your request.

Stop by the Thai Pepper for some out-of-this-world authentic cuisine inside of a cozy environment but be sure to call ahead if dining with a larger party, this place does get very busy especially on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

If you're in the mood for some tantalizing food bring a large appetite and some friends. If you're low on funds, don't worry the amount of food served with each will feed you for a week.

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