Coco Asian Bistro – A Real Taste of Thailand in Ft Lauderdale
After travelling around SE Asia for 4 months it has been tough to eat at Asian spots in South Florida. The flavors are just so different and not even close to the mesmerizing dishes I experienced in Asia. I had some of the best Pad Thai & unique dishes of my life! Got a chance to try Coco Asian Bistro, in Fort Lauderdale and their marvelous dishes did in fact whisk my mouth back to Thailand. Unfortunately not my body, because then it would have been massaged too.
They just debuted a new menu to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. The menu by Executive Chef/Owner Mike Ponluang features a mix of traditional Thai cuisine and contemporary dishes, all of which are presented splendidly.
If you could only order one dish at Coco Asian Bistro, it is still worth running to. Massman Curry will change your life, or at least your palate. Massaman Curry is my favorite dish EVER!!! There is no combination of flavors I have ever experienced that satisfies me as immaculately and vigorously as Massman done right and Coco’s is utter perfection! The phenomenal curry consists of coconut milk, onion, peanuts or cashews, potatoes, bay leaves, cardamom pods, cinnamon, star anise, palm sugar, fish sauce, chili and tamarind sauce. It is hard to understand how special this dish is from reading the ingredients, but trust me and try it one day.
I ordered mine with just veggies and was still blown away. MASSAMAN CURRY WITH CHICKEN THIGH – Chicken thigh cooked in massaman curry paste, coconut milk, roasted peanut, potato, and fish sauce tamarind juice and jasmine rice. Oh we throw and avocado in it in America and it is an enhancement. Prepare yourself for this dish and run to try it.
Another dish that was a replica from Thailand is the SEAFOOD TOM YUM SOUP – Spicy seafood broth with shrimp, scallop, squid, mussel and oyster mushroom. The thick creamy sauce is celestial with an accompanying spice that harmoniously balances the cream. Another must order here.
Let’s be honest, it is almost impossible to find stellar Pad Thai in South Florida, but not anymore! Looooooooved Coco Asian Bistro’s Pad Thai – Rice noodle with scallion, bean sprout, eggs diced tofu, garlic, sweet radishes and peanuts. It packed that potent peanutty pad thai taste that most other restaurants shy away from. Safe to say it is my new pad thai spot in South Florida
Coco Asian is my new favorite Asian spot that is worth driving up to Laudie to visit. They also have a kick ass happy hour.
New menu items exclusive to the happy hour menu include: Steamed BBQ Pork Buns; King Salmon Sashimi Flatbread, King Salmon, cream cheese, chili paste, arugula, fish eggs, wasabi-mayo; Almond Crusted Florida Keys Snapper, mixed vegetables, Thai green coconut milk curry; and Kobe Sliders, tomato, caramelized onions, bacon, arugula, American cheese, pickled cucumber and homemade Thousand Island dressing served with sweet potato fries, as well as traditional Thai dishes like Mee Krob (crispy noodles in tamarind sauce) and Nam Sod (Thai-style chicken salad).
These menu items are available during Coco Asian Bistro’s new happy hour, offered Monday through Friday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. This menu can also be found during Sunday Brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. alongside delicious, unique brunch dishes like Matcha Mochi Waffles and Pandan Pancakes.