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Buzz Word: A Por-Pia-Sod to Remember

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I will post a “buzz word” on The Mighty Rib Facebook page–then ask for reader suggestions for one dish that includes the word. One is randomly picked, dish is eaten, and review is written.

Our latest word was lettuce. And guess what? History was made this time around on Buzz Word. I actually dined with Erin Robinson, the same person whose suggestion of Chang Thai’s Por-Pia-Sod, was randomly selected this time around. Absolute insanity!

I had heard many a good thing about Chang Thai, a smallish restaurant located in a nondescript retail strip up north in Sherwood. We ordered several items off the expansive menu, and of course, started with the Por-Pia-Sod (spinach and basil spring roll).

If you’re a fan of Thai or Vietnamese food, you’ve no doubt partaken in a fine spring roll a time or two. To me, a solid spring roll is all about fresh ingredients and meticulous construction. Chang’s nailed it on both fronts—the delicious roll was loaded with tightly packed spinach, basil and shredded carrots, along with two pieces of shrimp resting on top. Everything was wrapped up inside a thin, chewy rice wrapper and ready to be dipped into the sweet peanut sauce. And the best part: the darn thing didn’t fall apart with each ensuing bite. That’s big for me.

Are spring rolls a game-changer? No. But for $1.60 each, they’re an inexpensive and tasty way to whet your appetite for the impending entrees. Speaking of which, my Pad Thai with tofu, along with the chicken rice, were both fantastic.

Great food, service, and company…I’d say this Buzz Word was a success!

Now, we if could just get Chang Thai to open up a Little Rock location. Dare to dream.

Have you been to Chang Thai? What are some of your favorite dishes?