Pad Thai isn’t typically my go-to order at a Thai joint, but after reading this article about its intriguingly bizarre history (which involves a military coup and a governmental decree that everyone wear hats), I felt oddly compelled to order it.
Sukhothai’s version comes with your choice of chicken, beef, or tofu. I went with chicken, which turned out to be a bad choice — the pieces were dry, tough, and thoroughly leftovery.
It was otherwise fine, I guess. It had a slightly more complex flavour than average and wasn’t as cloyingly sweet as some versions of this dish tend to be, but Pad Thai is never going to be my favourite. I think the story behind it is probably more interesting than the dish itself.
I had the cassava cake for dessert, which was the highlight. Though the slightly gummy texture was a bit off-putting at first, its sweet, coconut-infused flavour and rich dulce-de-leche-esque topping thoroughly won me over.