All the exotic Thai flavors that those-in-the-know love are coming out of Suban King’s Broken Arrow kitchen, which serves as a tasty gateway to the wonders of southeast Asian cuisine. The full menu reflects the culinary talents of their experienced staff. No matter what dishes you choose, you will find the creations fresh, flavorful, and delicious.
Tulsa is an international city tucked in the heart of America. People come from all over the United States and around the world to view the art deco, take a new job, study at a local university or make a new home for themselves. And that international flavor is evident in the area’s many locally owned and operated restaurants, whose owners and chefs are often from far-off lands.
In that group are Keith and Suban King, owners of Amazing Thai Cuisine in Broken Arrow. Suban hails originally from Thailand, where she met and married Keith, who has served for many years in the U.S. military. The couple often traveled as a military family before deciding to make the move to Tulsa. The decision to open a restaurant here in 2014, however, was a no-brainer, considering Suban’s expertise in the kitchen.
“Suban began her culinary journey cooking authentic Thai food at a very early age,”says Keith. “She would assist her mother and aunts in preparing meals, gathering herbs and spices directly from nature and bring them back to season the food for all the hungry men and women coming in from the rice and sugarcane fields.”
Like many of the best chefs, Suban blends that early experience of cooking with her family with years of training in professional kitchens. She worked for the U.S. Army as a senior cook, where it was necessary to handle large quantities of food and large groups of diners successfully. She and Keith then took that experience to a restaurant venture in Killeen/Ft. Hood, Texas, where they lived before coming to Oklahoma.
As Amazing Thai’s chef, Suban’s expertise in serving up authentic, delicious Thai cooking has made the restaurant one of Tulsa’s favorite spots to eat. Keith assists her in making the restaurant successful. At the heart of it all is a family tradition that makes the restaurant’s food so delicious and special.
“We only use our families’ own recipes,” says the couple. “Those recipes have been handed down from generation to generation, which provides the most authentic Thai cuisine in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow metro area.”
If you have never been to a Thai restaurant before, don’t let that deter you. This style of cooking, centered in the heart of Southeast Asia, emphasizes dishes that tend toward the light and healthy, while also being highly flavorful. Fresh herbs and spices are blended to provide an appealing aroma and a delightfully spicy edge that you can push stronger or milder, depending on what your taste buds can handle. “If you are not familiar with Thai cuisine, we will be more than happy to help you pick out something you are sure to love,” Keith says.
Amazing Thai has several newbie-friendly options to help you get your feet wet in Thai cuisine. If you’re not sure what to select, the servers are happy to make a suggestion based on what you prefer to eat. “I would suggest Thai fried rice as well as pad mixed vegetables,” says Keith. Both dishes can be made very mild and are similar to what you might come across in other Asian restaurants, so they serve as excellent entry points into testing out the Thai waters, so to speak.
Once you’ve got a handle on Thai flavors, or for those who are old-hands at this style of cuisine, the menu offers a broad selection of traditional dishes that are colorful, tasty and beautifully presented. “Some of our customers’ favorite dishes include pad Thai, green curry, Thai fried rice with chicken and a type of beef salad called Nam Tok,” says Keith.
For the more adventurous eaters, Keith recommends the Tom Kah soup (coconut soup flavored with galangal, lemongrass, lime juice, Thai chilies and fresh mushrooms, topped with cilantro). “It’s flavorful and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants,” he says, “but a little difficult to eat because you must be careful not to eat some of the seasonings if you are not used to it.”
Green Country residents who love keeping it local and authentic will love Amazing Thai’s approach to their ingredients list. “Thai food uses a lot of different ingredients,” say Keith and Suban, “and all are prepared fresh from locally purchased products.” The seasonings come from the area’s Asian markets. All is intended to be as healthy as possible, which is something the Kings are committed to.
“The secret to our healthy food is our use of fresh ingredients and authentic Thai spices that invigorate the senses and provide many of the vitamins our bodies need to stay healthy,” Keith says.
If you’re a vegetarian, be sure to ask about the vegetarian options. “We can make almost any of our meals vegetarian,” says Keith, “and we can make vegan dishes as well. Our customers typically ask us, and we let them know if their favorite dishes may be made as vegetarian or vegan.”
So, the next time you’re ready to venture into new cuisine territory, or the next time you have a yen for traditional, authentic, flavorful Thai food, stop in at Amazing Thai, and take the whole family. “Let us take you on a journey of the senses,” Keith says. “We are proud to share our family’s cuisine with your family.”
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