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From the outside, the silver metal cylinder looks like a classic diner. Opening the door, though, the fresh aromatic curry smell quickly tells me this is not my father’s diner. We are paying a visit to Lanna Thai Diner, in Woburn, Massachusetts.
Lanna Thai Diner is another great example that Woburn has an increasingly diverse array of restaurants to choose form. And it is definitely one of my favorite Thai places in the area. It’s located conveniently to my office, which combined with its good lunch menu makes it a good day destination.
The last couple of visits to the diner were for lunch, accompanied by friend and Woburnite.com founder Fel Medeiros. My favorite dishes here are probably the Pad See-Ew, wide egg noodles stir fried with chicken, egg & broccoli and salty-sweet sauce; and the Massaman curry, a peanut flavored curry typically with a bit of spice, typically served with potatoes and other vegetables.
Last time there I decided to get a bit more adventurous and tried the Choo Chee Curry. There wasn’t much explanation as to what this curry was, hence the adventure. It definitely was a hotter curry than some other Thai dishes that are moderated by coconut or peanut flavors; I enjoyed it for a change of paste. It reminded me of some of the hot curry dishes I had when visiting Singapore a few years back. I found a simple explanation of this curry on in my tiny kitchen–it’s basically a red curry heated until it makes a sound something like “choo chee”. Now you know!
Perhaps some of the other folks I’ve exposed to Thai Diner would like to elaborate on some of their favorites; for now, I’ll sign off by simply recommending that it’s definitely worth trying for Thai food if you are in the Woburn area.