What's Cooking at Phaya Thai Street Food

Phaya Thai Street Food opened in July 2017 in the old Fort Ben area right off of Post Rd. on the east side of Indianapolis (WTHR Photo/John Whalen)
Julia Moffitt

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Tonight in our weekly "What's Cooking" segment, we are checking out a new Thai restaurant on the east side.

Phaya Thai Street Food just opened a month ago in the old Fort Ben area right off of Post Rd. It's a great location, surrounded by business offices and neighborhoods. It's really one of the first Thai restaurants in the area, so residents are pretty excited about it's opening.

The owner, Montree Sangsuwangul, tells me he named the restaurant after a popular street in Bangkok, where he grew up - an area famous for fast, convenient street food.

"It is fast cooking. This concept is like the one on the street of Bangkok," he explains. "I ask my customer what they like about it, they say, 'Wow, there is variety'."

All the food is made fresh daily, but one convenient thing, especially for lunch goers, is they have some cafeteria-style dining where you choose your favorites topped over white or fried rice.

The menu also has a variety of other Thai options along with your traditional Asian sides ranging from spring rolls to crab rangoon and others.

Montree says he tells first time customers to expect spicy, fresh food full of flavor. If you find any of it's a bit too spicy for you, order one of their special Thai teas. The tea is imported from Thailand and brewed fresh each day. When served, it's topped of with condensed milk. It's delicious and not too sweet or strong.