Before visiting a restaurant, I always look at its online presence – whether it be a dedicated website or just a Facebook page. Remember when that wasn’t even a thing?
When you look at the website for Suk Kho Thai, you will find a simple but appealing and colorfully inviting site with photos of delicious Asian food and an introduction to the three chefs who create the magic.
The storefront of Suk Kho Thai is likewise simple. The building for a previous business has been transported into a restaurant with a yellow banner-style sign and red Chinese lanterns. Indoors replicates the website with bright yellow walls on which are hung colorful framed photos of tempting sushi, noodle, and rice dishes. The vibe is clean and bright with white-topped tables, black wooden banquettes, and shiny metal chairs. Black industrial dome pendant lights hang overhead. The ubiquitous television, which I usually find intrusive in restaurants, was happily not showing daytime shows or sports but rather displaying stir frying and other Asian cooking.
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The menu is substantial with ample assortments of Japanese- and Thai-inspired dishes. Starters include Spring Rolls, Cheese Krab Rangoon, Shrimp Tempura, and salads as well as choices from the sushi bar. There are 16 varieties of Ramen plus Abura which is a soup-less Ramen. Suk Kho Thai features rice bowls, Japanese Curries, Katsu, Teriyaki, and a number of Thai dishes including Noodles and Stir-Fried dishes. Sashimi and Sushi lovers will relish the abundance at Suk Kho Thai. The sushi dishes are divided into zones: hand, dancing, colorful dragon, tempura, and volcano to name a few.
My friend and I started with the steamed Pork Gyoza ($8.99). The dough was perfect, and the filling was delicious. We also tried Suk Kho Thai Wings with Signature Sauce ($8.99). The fried meaty wings were served hot and tender with a tasty sweet and sour tamarind sauce. I think these were some of the best wings I have ever tasted.
For lunch, my dining companion, a self-appointed Pad Thai snob, and connoisseur, ordered Pad Thai with Tofu ($10.99). The crispy fried tofu and thin rice noodles were perfectly prepared, and she was impressed with how the sauce clung to the noodles and the tofu, giving her a bite of umami with each chopstick full. The peanuts, sprouts, and scallions were cool, crunchy, and fresh. The Pad Thai critic gave her lunch two thumbs up.
I couldn’t get past the incredible selection of Ramen and narrowing it down wasn’t easy. I didn’t get far down the list, however, and ultimately chose #2 Spicy Miso Ramen ($13.99). I was served a large steaming bowl of creamy pork broth, thin noodles, slices of pork, corn, bean sprouts, scallions, a small Naruto fish cake (a slice of white fish paste), Nori, and a jammy boiled egg.
I could not have been happier. The broth was very rich and flavorful. The pork was tender, and the egg melted into the soup. As promised, the miso paste was very spicy, which I like, but if you want to moderate the heat, it is dolloped onto the top of the ramen allowing you to choose how much spice to mix into the dish.
We did not order dessert; however, Moji Ice Cream, Thai Donuts, or Fried Cheesecake are on the menu for those with a sweet tooth.
Suk Kho Thai offers a pleasing and comfortable ambiance with a lively mood, an immense menu with a delightful selection, and delectable dishes elevating the flavors of Japanese and Thai cuisine and the artistic talents of the restaurant’s chefs.
Suk Kho Thai
Cuisine: Japanese and Thai
Address: 742 SW Bayshore Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Alcohol: Beer and Plum Wine