Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

I never knew how much I loved Thai food until I moved to New Jersey. I had already lived here for over 15 years before I found a handful of good Thai restaurants.

I was living in Monmouth County at the time, and my friend, Steve, told me about the Bangkok House on Route 35 in Eatontown.

My husband had never had Thai food in his life and was reluctant to try it because he had heard it was very spicy.

I had assured him that the restaurant would adjust the spiciness according to his request. Any Thai restaurant, or any restaurant for that matter, should always accommodate reasonable customer requests.

He saw Chicken Pad Thai on the menu and his eyes lit up. He was intrigued by some of the ingredients. The peanuts in the dish were the first ingredient that raised his interest.

He ordered Chicken Pad Thai and told our server to keep it mild.

I am more adventurous; I’ll eat hot and spicy food as long as my taste buds remain intact.

When I first started working at the WRAT, one of my friends and colleagues, Steve Hook, would often talk about living in Thailand.

His father was a Colonel in the United States Air Force, and he was stationed there back in the late 60’s, so Steve got to eat quite a bit of authentic Thai cuisine, and as a small child, he developed a palate that could withstand extremely spicy food.

Back in the late 90’s, Steve proposed a hot sauce challenge live on the air. He had a couple of ass blasting hot sauces and the end game was to see which one of us could go the longest without either passing out or grabbing the nearest glass of milk.

I’d like to believe it was a tie, but I humbly admit that Steve took the crown. I may have lasted a minute before I could no longer feel my mouth. I still like most spicy cuisine, and I still order my Thai food medium heat.

Let’s take a look at the Top 6 restaurants in Ocean County that have good Thai food.

  • Chang Thai Kitchen - 1174 Fischer Blvd Unit#3, Toms River, NJ 08753

    I have been in this strip mall many times and have failed to take notice of this restaurant. I feel bad because this place has been recommended a few times on the local message boards and social media sites. It’s one of the few restaurants on this list that focuses on authentic Thai cuisine. The prices are fair, and according to the folks that recommended this place, the food is fantastic and the chef has worked in Thailand. My first order will be the crispy duck with red curry with coconut milk, pineapple, tomato and Thai basil. Drunken noodles, were mentioned quite a few times, as were the great lunch specials.


    Authentic Thai food in Toms River,New Jersey

  • Thai Jasmine To Go - 500 Washington Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

    I’ve mentioned this place in my article on the top places to get tasty chicken wings in Point Pleasant. Now I want to highlight other dishes that were recommended from this take out place. From what I’ve been told, the food here is consistently good and the Tom Yum (Lemongrass soup), the Seafood Pad Thai, and all of the curries will satisfy your Thai food cravings. I will be throwing in an order of the Thai Chicken Wings on my next visit. You can also buy a selection of their bottled sauces to take home.

  • Herbs Thai Kitchen - 1789 NJ-88, Brick Township, NJ 08724

    Herbs Thai Kitchen is another place in Ocean County that gets a ton of applause. The restaurant is clean and comfortable, and the service is friendly. The curry puff appetizer is a must, along with the large variety of dumplings. For entrees, Duck Red Curry, Fish Pad Ped (made with crispy fish in a red curry paste), and the spicy basil fried rice were highly recommended.

  • Koi Asian Fusion Lounge - 25 Brick Blvd, Brick Township, NJ 08723 & 1256 Indian Head Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755

    I’ve been here a number of times with friends and I’ve ordered the Thai basil roasted duck, otherwise I order sushi or maybe one other cooked dish. This is an Asian fusion menu with a page dedicated to Thai cuisine. My husband almost always gets a Thai dish and has eaten everything on his plate. They have all the curries you’d expect, red, green , yellow, and Massaman curry. Other than the Pad Thai dishes and the Tom Yum, he and some of our friends have enjoyed Pad See EW and the seafood dishes. It’s BYOB and the the service is good.

  • Pan Asia - 770 Lighthouse Dr #53B, Barnegat Township, NJ 08005 & 416 S Main St, Forked River, NJ 08731

    We’ve been to the Forked River location and we loved it. Another Asian fusion restaurant that has a page dedicated to Thai cuisine. I’ve had both Thai & Chinese food from this location. They also have Sushi, Sashimi, and Tempura. I’d like to see if the Barnegat location is just as good. It’s got a nice vibe with decent service.

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  • Teresa's Osaka Asian Bistro - 1801 NJ-37, Toms River, NJ 08753

    Japanese is the main cuisine but there are some Thai dishes on the menu. Bruce almost always gets the incredibly flavorful Pad Thai. You get a very generous portion for about $22.00. They have Hibachi, Sushi and sashimi. I always order sushi and sashimi, and it is always consistently good. My favorite appetizers are the lemongrass chicken dumpling, chicken lettuce wraps, the fried calamari, and the pepper tuna app.

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