Earl Ninsom strikes again. The restaurateur behind Mee-Sen and PaaDee has opened the doors at Tarad, a combination Thai market and late-night restaurant on SE Morrison, around the corner from Robo Taco. The diminutive, 516-square-foot space embraces a worn but warm aesthetic, and chef Ning Purnabimba, a native of Chiang Mai, is in the kitchen. Tarad serves up plates like steamed buns (filled with ground pork and quail eggs), noodle dishes (like guay tiew kua gai, rice noodles with chicken and egg, a popular Bangkok street food), and specialties like nam prik ong (a dipping sauce with pork, shrimp paste, and chili) and khao soi gai (curry noodles with slow-cooked chicken).
The spot also functions as a to-go marketplace for at-home chefs. Tarad's shelves offer Thai ingredients and products hand-stocked by Ninsom, including Thai sauces, pastes, cookbooks, and fresh veggies like Thai chili, eggplant, and lemongrass. Tarad is open now. Hours of operation: 11a.m. to 9p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11a.m. to 3a.m., Friday and Saturday.
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