Starting over after a three-month closure, St. Paul institution Taste of Thailand on Selby reopened this month with a new owner, a (soon-to-come) new name, and the same well-loved menu—with a few new additions.
After closing or selling Taste of Thailand locations across the metro area, former owner and head chef Lamphay Phetphrachanh found herself with more time to create new items: including perfecting a handmade noodle technique for noodles now used in Taste of Thailand favorites like pad see eew and pad kee maow gai.
Handmade noodles have also arrived at Magic Noodle, newly open on University Avenue where hand-pulled and hand-shaved noodles are at the center of the menu.
Five featured bowls of noodles are currently available, ranging from thin, tender Shanxi shaved noodles to spicy Chongqing noodles served swimming in chili oil. Diners can expect a wait if they’re hoping for one of the five signature bowls; but the menu also features a wide selection of traditional Chinese dishes.