Must Be Thai is a newish Thai restaurant a block from the Valley Fair Mall on Stevens Creek, in San Jose. It is run by the team who operates Coup de Thai in Los Gatos. I haven’t been to their other restaurant. The bar for Thai food in the South Bay is low. If the menu doesn’t offer curry in every color pluls pad thai and pad see ew, its already quite an accomplishment.
Hence, I was quite intrigued when I looked at Must Be Thai’s menu and see that they featured a few items from each of Thailand’s regions- North, Isaan, Bangkok, the Gulf, and the South. And since I ate the Hat Yai chicken recently from Daughter Thai, I was curious how Must Be Thai would stack up.
Khao Soi- egg noodle in the curry plus a braised chicken drumstick plus crispy noodle. A pretty decent rendition, though the curry was a bit on the sweet side.
Hat Yai Fried Chicken- Perfectly fried with crispy skin, moist inside and delicious. Not quite as complex as Daughter Thai’s but the seasoning was still good and spot on.
Stir-fried cuttlefish. Tender cuttlefish came with some aromatics and salted egg. The salted egg was salty, as advertised. This was ok, though I was not in love with it.
Portion was smaller than that of usual Americanized Thai restaurants. Overall we were quite pleased with our meal and thought they were going for the quality versus quantity angle. Would love to sample more of their menu. If they can be the ‘Daughter Thai of South Bay’ with 80% of the skills I would be pretty happy.
Where’s the love for durian?