Takuapa Thai Deli, in Lapaz, Iloilo City is OUR go to place when we have a serious craving for THAI noodles and other dishes. When we say serious craving, we mean every week. We’re there almost every week that I think by now, we’re PLATINUM level patrons if they ever think of cranking out membership cards. They started out as a small, 2 level restaurant and soon after, transferred to a much bigger single story facility to accommodate more customers when their popularity started to pick up.
We talked to the owners of the place and they said that the name Takua Pa district in Thailand where their father was from. They lived there with their Ilongga mother and decided to come back to the Philippines when their father passed away. Opened shop and served the best deal for your money, authentic Thai grub.
Every time we go there, I always order (emphasis on ALWAYS) the Kwey Teaw Noodle Soup. The soup base is as Thai as it can be, aromatic and herby with beef, fishcake, bean sprouts and Cilantro. Sometimes, just sometimes, when I feel like it, I order the Pad Thai.. SOMETIMES. But, it’s always the Kwey Teaw for me.
Here are the other dishes on their menu:
I have no idea if this was just a seasonal thing but I haven’t seen this chicken dish from their menu anymore. It was quite good since the chicken wings were fried and covered in sweet, sour and spicy sauce similar to Buffalo Wings.
Prof. Curly Top likes this one. Braised noodles with a fried egg on top. Not really a huge fan of this one since it’s a little too savoury for my taste.
This on the other hand is a favorite. I think this is called Pork Nam Tok (They also have the beef version but go for the pork) and it’s a good combo with rice. It has loads of mint and cilantro that makes it quite aromatic.
I think this one is called Phad Kra Pao or you can call it Thaisilog if you want because it does look like Tapsilog sans basil and other green leafy things.
Their Shredded and Deep Fried Catfish Salad is also a must get. I add a little more chili flakes and vinegar for that extra sourness and kick.
We tried this dish a couple of days ago and I think this is Battered and Fried Kangkong (Watercress for you, o unfamiliar with Kangkong reader) leaves with a Beef Curry Dip. Really tasty but is kinda overwhelming so it’s best if you can pair it with something that cleanses the palate.. I don’t know what really but something.
They also have Fried and Fresh Spring Rolls, Deep Fried Tofu, Kao Pad Moo and other stuff I can’t pronounce and all of them excellent! You should also try their Cha Nom Yen (Milk Tea) because, well, ya just gotta. If you’re on a tight budget and want to eat something other than Filipino or Chinese, then Takuapa Thai Deli is a MUST GO TO for you.