The Columbia restaurant was one of the first restaurants that I visited in Howard County. Mrs. HowChow lived off Rte 108, and she knew Jesse Wong's Asean Bistro and Bangkok Delight when we went on early dates.
At one point, I thought this was one of the best restaurants in Howard County. It won't make that list when I run my annual "Best Restaurants" post next week, but Bangkok Delight's kitchen does put out fresh, flavorful food that make it worth driving past most of the Chinese places around.
We have always loved the curry dishes. Green curry is bright and spicy. On our most-recent visit, brown curry was slightly sweet and deeply rich. It has little "hot pepper" spice, but it thick with the flavors of our honeymoon in Thailand. Sliced chicken comes with potatoes, raw peanuts, and carrot. I always cherish some extra rice -- or some rice cooked fresh with leftovers -- to soak up the curry sauce.
|Mango sticky rice|
In contrast, the special eggplant had a real spicy kick from slivered hot peppers. It left that tingling tongue. This isn't as aggressive as Bon Chon's spicy fried chicken. It's the talented touch where spiciness complements crunchy baby corn, earthy mushrooms and eggplant cooked to that perfect point where it is fork-tender, but not mushy.
Save room for dessert if you like mango. The mango sticky rice comes warm and sweet -- almost like risotto of rice and sweet coconut milk. Sliced mango adds sweet tanginess, and you have the dish that made me first notice how much Mrs. HowChow loves dessert. One early take-out evening, I brought home two mango sticky rices. That may have been when she decided that I was a keeper.
Bangkok Delight has a cute look with paper umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. I assume they do a big takeout business because I have never seen it full. Crowds of Indian folks in House of India and Mango Grove always make me feel confident that the food meets the standards of native palates. But Bangkok Delight does a good job for me.
If you like Thai, you should also check out Bangkok Garden in Oakland Mills in Columbia. We also need to try Thai Aroma in Ellicott City which I always think about when we're walking into Shin Chon Garden or Tian Chinese Cuisine in the same shopping center. They're wonderful for Korean (ie. barbecue, rice bowls, etc.) and Korean-Chinese (black bean noodles), respectively.
8825 Centre Park Drive #A
Columbia, MD 21045
NEAR: The Giant off Rte 108 just west of Howard High School and east of Rte 29. Bangkok Delight is in the shopping area just north of Giant. Look for the Burger King on the corner.