The Best Thai Food in Fresno: Thai Gem
There are plenty of Thai restaurants around Fresno, all serving good food but there is one that clearly stands above the rest, Thai Gem. The owner has been serving up delicious food for 30 years with many of his recipes coming from his family before he moved to the United States. I’m on a personal mission to try everything on the menu. It’s extensive, and some items are quite unique, but I have not yet found anything I absolutely didn’t like. In this post, you will find a few of my favorite items.
My go-to dish is the Basil Chicken. It is the right combination of spicy with a hint of sweet basil and I get this almost every time, no matter what else I order. It never disappoints and is always something I look forward to.
Chicken Pad Thai
I’ve had good Pad Thai at other places but the Chicken Pad Thai here takes the cake. The noodles are always perfect and the flavor complements anything else you get. In this photo, we had it made with glass noodles, which are almost transparent, and it offered a different texture. My favorite way to eat the Pad Thai here is with glass noodles, made spicy, with a little squirt of fresh lime juice. Just in case you were curious, glass noodles are transparent and made from bean starch.
Chicken with Peanut Sauce
The Chicken with Peanut Sauce is another solid dish. I wouldn’t say this is something you absolutely must eat but when you order several spicy items, the soothing flavor of peanut sauce can help tame the flame in your mouth. The peanut sauce, though, is one of the best I’ve had. You don’t get a lot of oil or unnatural sweetness to it – just good ol’ fashioned peanut flavor.
Steamed Curry Fish
This next one was recommended to use by the owner. It’s a new item – “Steamed Curry Fish.” It’s tilapia and tends to take a little longer than the others because it’s prepared and steamed when you order it. I’ll start to describe it with “wow” and then attempt to put some actual words behind it. The fish melted in your mouth and you could taste the curry spices it was steamed with. The sauce had a creaminess to it that was very pleasant and the flavor was incredibly pleasing. I tried a bite with one of the basil leaves and it was the perfect addition. I highly recommend trying this dish as it’s one of the best I’ve had.
Prawns in Clay Pot
Another worth trying it the Prawns in Clay Pot. It feels very fresh and the fresh ginger is really noticeable. Some ginger dishes seem to be overpowering but this had just the right amount. It’s presentation is also interesting – I think I want all of my food served in a clay pot!
Next time you’re in the Shaw and Willow area, stop by Thai Gem – it’s one of the best kept secrets in Fresno or Clovis.
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