08/21/16 10:19pm
sotomie

Spring rolls in your beef noodle soup because why not!

For at least a year my go-to order at Elmhurst’s Asian Taste 86 has been a steaming hot bowl of soto ayam, a bracing yellow chicken soup topped with garlic powder and extra sambal. On a recent visit I broke out of my Indonesian chicken soup habit to try something different: soto mie. (more…)

03/25/13 10:02am
A DIY kit for roti saimai, Thai spun sugar spring rolls.

A DIY kit for roti saimai, Thai spun sugar spring rolls.

Sugar Club is one of my favorite Thai markets. There’s tons of snacks and prepared foods to heat up and eat in or take home. Much as I love the place I never thought the combination grocery video store deserved such a sweet name. That is until I came across roti saimai ($4).  Essentially a spun sugar spring roll, roti saimai, is a popular Thai street food.

Sweetest spring roll ever.

Sweetest spring roll ever.

The package contains a ziplock baggie of gossamer-thin spun sugar along with a few spring roll wrappers. Warm one of the wrappers in the shop’s microwave for about five or six seconds. Then pile on some of the pale green candy floss and roll your own. Bite into it and join the sugar club. It tastes sort of like cookie dough and reminds me of the sugar sandwiches a childhood friend sued to make. Sweet!

Sugar Club, 81-20 Broadway, Elmhurst, 718-565-9018