Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to Cha Da Thai, an authentic Thai restaurant that incorporates a “balance of textures, colors and flavors” in Boone, NC.

Cha Da Thai Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Rather unassuming building, but free parking lot across the street!

Dora here. We’ve been frequenting The Local, right next door to Cha Da Thai, for years, but the exterior of the restaurant never really invited us in. But after our son returned from his year-long journey and cooked a Thai meal for us, we knew we had to try this place. The interior was huge and clean, and the server friendly and helpful with suggestions. Oh, and a FREE parking lot across the street is always a bonus!

Cha Da Thai Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Huge interior and CLEAN! Servers friendly and offered suggestions.

For my lunch, I chose the Sweet & Sour Pork. The pork was breaded and deep-fried, and the plate was loaded with onion, pineapples, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, and rice on the side. Different than other sweet & sour dishes I’ve tasted, more of a stir-fry. They lived up to their philosophy with vivid colors, crunchy texture, and perfectly balanced flavors.

Cha Da Thai Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Sweet & Sour Pork

Dora here. Our son suggested we try the Tom Kha soup, and ya’ll know how much I love dumplings. So, I opted for two appetizers. Win, win, right? Oh, yeah.

According to their menu, the Tom Kha soup is “pure Thai comfort food.” The flavors were vibrant, wake-you-up intense, with every dip of my spoon. Huge slivers of chicken, chunks of tomatoes, and mushrooms all mingled in a coconut cream soup infused with lemon grass and chili paste. Deep, complex, and wowza! I can’t say that I would consider it comfort food, but I would definitely order it again. And again. 🙂

Cha Da Thai Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Tom Kha Soup with Chicken, wowza!

And the dumplings were unlike any I’ve sampled before. You have a choice between fried or steamed, and I went with steamed. Pork and chicken and other tiny goodies packed into thin wrappers and served with a sweet (honey?) sesame sauce with a hint of citrus. Oh. Yes! Come to mama! lol.

Cha Da Thai Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers
Steamed Dumplings…oh yes! Come to mama!

We will be back. And I’ll probably order the exact same thing. lol.

What about you? When you find a certain dish on the menu that you enjoy, do you order it every time you visit that restaurant?

We rate this restaurant 5 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving outstanding food.

Cha Da Thai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

14 thoughts on “Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

  1. When I was younger, I’d only order Chicken Fried Rice because I’m weird about Asian food. I don’t like any of the sauces. I like my food plain…some call it bland. 🙂 A few years ago, Derek introduced me to Singapore Mei Fun with chicken and extra curry. Now, that’s the only thing I’ll eat. It’s so yummy! I’m a fan of the rice noodle. Have a great weekend! ❤

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    • My mom used to make chop suey when I was young. HATED it. Plus I don’t like too many veggies, esp not all together. So I’ve always avoided Asian food until recently. It helps when someone you love, who knows your likes and dislikes, introduces you to a new food. Wishing you the most glorious of weekends, Jill. xoxo

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