Northern-style Thai sausage at Sticky Rice (photo: Joseph Storch)
All week long, we've been re-running some of our favorite Top 5 lists from 2010. Today, it's all about lemongrass and galangal. It's also going to be my final post for 2010. I'm taking next week off, and will be back here January 3. Look for one more video post next week, as Justin Kaufmann and I talk about food happenings in Chicago from the past year, and what's on deck for 2011. It's been a wild ride these first 12 months on vocalo, and I thank you for all of the feedback you've given me in that time. Thanks for checking in and spending a few minutes each day with me and my culinary musings. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
For too many years, Thai food in Chicago barely resembled the incredibly vibrant, flavorful soups, curries and salads from Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Whether it was a lack of available ingredients or a fear on the part of restaurateurs that they would scare away customers, recipes were dumbed down to the point where there were just two kinds of experiences - both on the extreme ends of the spectrum: either overly sweet (pad thai noodles) or rid