Muang Thai (Red Bank, NJ)

There are several posts about Muang Thai but it does not appear to have its own thread. I’ll start one, with my review of yesterday’s experience:

Review #273

How many times I passed this restaurant en route to one of my favorite bars which is located practically across the street. How many times I said to myself that I had to try it and see how it compares to my beloved Kunya Siam in Atlantic Highlands. How many times? Well, the wait came to an end yesterday. When you first walk into Red Bank’s Muang Thai, you may be taken aback by the decor. The walls are a bright orange and adorned with native tapestries and decor. The ceilings too have string-like decorations which just might cause you to duck depending on your height. This all contributes to a wonderfully festive and traditional atmosphere, but as I have said several times on this blog (in a variety of situations), “You don’t go to a restaurant to stare at walls”.

Was this stunning atmosphere mere pretentiousness or sign of what was to come? I have been fooled before. We all have. But thankfully, that would not be the case here, as our meal was par excellence from start to finish. The menu is a large one, consisting of what you might see at any other Thai restaurant along with a few items that were quite new to me. While I thought that most of their dinner entrees were a bit pricey, the lunch menu ended up being of remarkable value ($10.95 for chicken/beef/pork/veggies/tofu and $3 more for shrimp or squid). Justin and I put in an appetizer while we browsed the menu. Being suckers for a good curry puff, it was a no brainer. We chose the vegetarian potato/onion version over chicken or beef (Pon Klib on the menu).

I knew it was going to be good as soon as it hit the table. Aside from a glorious aroma, the actual pastry itself was so flaky that it practically fell apart just by looking at it. These were definitely fried to order and not sitting around under a heat lamp. The contents were smoking hot and rich in taste. These soft and fluffy delicacies were accompanied by an acidic vinegar-like dipping sauce with tiny bits of onion and cucumber.

Chicken and Cashew Nuts

For meals, my go-to at any Thai restaurant is always a curry. However, I wanted to try something new and chose the Chicken and Cashew Nuts. The next time I go back (spoiler alert: there will be a next time), it would be hard to not order this again . The portion was plentiful, with slices of tender chicken tossed with a medley of vegetables including zucchini, onion, scallion, string beans, carrots, and cashews in a glorious “brown sauce”. The menu advertised spicy, and our waiter asked if medium was alright. Normally, I go for something that will make smoke come out of my ears, but not being familiar with their levels, I asked for between mild and spicy. They delivered with a perfect amount of heat. It made me sweat but did not kill me— I shall go higher next time.

Pad Prig Keang

Justin ordered a dish that I nearly ended up with, Pad Prig Keang. This is something I get at Kunya’s all the time, and found myself ordering a rendition at Thai Thai in Bethlehem, PA. Well, this would be the third iteration and the third different preparation. Chicken was sauteed with the same vegetables as mine (in addition to eggplant and bell peppers) and covered in a light curry sauce that had a gingery tang. The heat level was similar. Both of our meals came with a salad topped with a delicious peanut dressing that I wanted to lick the plate clean of.

I commend Muang Thai on many things in addition to delivering an all-around outstanding meal: the service was friendly and attentive, they nailed the level of spice I requested, the ingredients were clearly as fresh as can be, and they did not go overboard with the bell peppers—so many times restaurants load up on them to diminish the use of more sought-after components. Neither of us had a single complaint, except to kick ourselves and say, “What took us so long?”

Almost getting carried away with this rating, I had to settle myself down. I am giving a 4 out of 5 stars for now, because usually I like a second visit (or at least dinner) before going higher. Clearly, though, Muang Thai is going to end up at the top echelon of my ratings. It was just that good.

Muang Thai is located at 7 East Front Street in Red Bank, NJ.

Review originally posted here on my food blog.


While I enjoy all kinds of Asian cuisine, I am far from an aficionado. That said, Muang Thai is about my favorite Thai restaurant around. I love their glass noodles, not a dish I’m very familiar with but I love it here. Far East Taste in Eatontown is equal in food quality in my opinion, and probably a better value, but I do enjoy this dining room and environment for dining in.


I’ve been eating the Muang Thai family’s food since they were in Sommerville. Always high quality and very tasty. Speaking of their family, they now own three restaurants in Red Bank, Muang Thai, Baan Khun, and they also took over the Thai restaurant in The Galleria.


I had heard that they took over the space in The Galleria (I think here). Made plans with friends to go there over the holidays, but I could not find one bit of electronic evidence that it was true. I googled everything under the sun. We ended up at Far East Taste. All were happy.


Baan Khun was closed yesterday and when I checked their hours online it said permanently closed. Just wondering because I never noticed it before. Was going to check it out.

I don’t think so. I just went to the Baan Khun website and facebook page and both have their regular hours. Where did you see this??

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Well, according to Yelp, Facebook, and their own website they are open. These days who knows which is correct and which is not. Next time I’m in Red Bank, I’ll check for myself!

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Well they were closed when I looked in. Lights off.

Did they move there recently? Sometimes when a new business comes in, Google doesn’t update the status even though the new restaurant title is there.

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Another thumbs up for this place. I’ve never had a bad dish but do you guys think it is a tad expensive? Maybe it’s the “RB tax”

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I haven’t been here (yet), but I always think Thai food is a tad expensive!

Is it the ingredients (spices/herbs) that make thai cost more, or is it less competition to deal with over something like pizza or chinese?

I don’t remember seeing a dinner entree for less than $18.95, and all of the chef’s specials were $24.95. That IS expensive.

Competitively, Kunya is also pricey but not at that level.

I’ve always thought it is more expensive than I expected. Good but pricey.

OOOOF. Even for Thai that’s off the charts imo.

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And Kunya will also personally adjust or tweak anything on the menu for an individual’s taste…

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