|Ocean of Garlic is a wonderful marriage of tender seafood, minced garlic and a crunchy cabbage salad at Wondee's Fine Thai Food and Noodles in Hackensack ($18).|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
In the more than three months since our last visit, I've missed the wonderfully exotic Thai food at Wondee's in Hackensack.
On Saturday night, I dove into an Ocean of Garlic and made good use of a cloth napkin to cope with my reaction to the spicy, fresh green-papaya salad and shrimp-and-mushroom soup.
The meat eaters in my family enjoyed Geuw Nam, wonton soup with roast pork and vegetables ($3.50); Thai Fried Rice, and Ka-Na Moo Grob, stir-fried crispy pork belly with Chinese broccoli.
No meal at Wondee's would be complete without two spicy dishes, Som Thum, a fresh, crunchy green-papaya salad ($8), above, and Thome Yum Koong, a shrimp soup with mushrooms ($4), below.
Beautifully fried seafood
The grease-less seafood was served on top of red-leaf lettuce leaves and accompanied by a crunchy cabbage salad in a tart dressing. Just perfect.
I wanted to finish the dish, and didn't have any white rice.
|Thai Fried Rice includes shrimp, pork, egg and onion ($10.50).|
|Ka-Na Moo Grob is stir-fried crispy pork belly with Chinese broccoli ($11).|
|Sweetened coconut juice is served with fresh coconut meat.|
|Dessert is available.|
Wondee's Fine Thai Food and Noodles, 296 Main St., Hackensack; 201-883-1700. BYO, metered street parking until 6 p.m., except Sundays, and rear parking lot off of Camden Street. Closed Mondays.