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Taste The Tingle
Super spicy or mild, Rexy's Bangkok Cuisine
in Royal Oak tempts the taste buds.
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Fri. & Sat,
Oct. 18 & 19
w 7096 East Fourteen Mite Road
(Between Mound &Van Dyke)
soup ... In Thailand, soups
he growing popu-
are generally served
larity of Thai food
throughout the meal ... the
in the United
diners frequently taking a
States could stem
spoon or two of soup to
from a health-conscious
refresh their palates.
awareness by Americans
Try the crispy roll appe-
watching much more their
tizer at Rexy's ... It is a
intake of cholesterol and fat.
delightful beginning ... with
Thai food is light ... and
ground chicken, transparent
most of the herbs and spices
noodles, bean sprouts and
used as common ingredients
black mushrooms ...
are good for digestion.
in a light, crispy
But of much prominence
shell ... and served with a side of
... is the taste of Thai food ... with
crushed peanut sauce ... (three
its distinctive character.
pieces, $3.25 ... six pieces, $6.50).
At the 5-month-old Rexy's
A couple of big favorites of Rexy's
Bangkok Cuisine in the Northwood
customers are the Bangkok chicken,
shopping center on Woodward and
lightly breaded and sauteed with
13 Mile Road in Royal Oak ... from
and sour sauce ($9.95) ... and
the best-seller Pad Thai (sauteed rice
Thai boxing chicken, served only at
noodles with egg, bean sprouts and
dinner ... grilled and spiced with
green onions topped with crushed
peanuts) ... to soups like the hot and black pepper and garlic ($10.95).
The Pla Dook Pad Ped, served just
sour, with chicken, bamboo shoots,
at dinner, has a large following ...
water chestnuts, egg and onions ...
crispy catfish slices mixed with green
that is brought before every diner as
peppers and eggplant in a Thai curry
he or she sits down ... a satisfying
taste treat is the delight of many.
If it's just vegetables you want, try
He wasn't born yet when mom and
the vegetable curry ... peapods, water
dad, Monterey and Somonauk
(Sandy) Arachnidan, opened the first chestnuts, napa, baby corn, carrots,
bamboo shoots, eggplant, celery and
Thai restaurant in Michigan ... back
mushrooms ... in a Thai curry ...
in 1971 ... called Thai Room on
($6.95 lunch, $9.95 din-
Warren ... and seating just 25.
But today, Rexy Arachnidan is the
operator of one of the family's four
restaurants by the same name ...
Mother runs 15 Mile and Dequindre in February of
... dad has Main Street in downtown this year ...
seating 125 ...
Rochester ... and brother Danny
and is a
runs the Bangkok Cuisine Express
carryout on 19 Mile and Garfield.
The first Bangkok Cuisine was in
1983 on 16 Mile and Dequindre ...
before moving to 15 and Dequindre.
Rexy still does all the prep cooking
... making the sauces, etc., in prepa-
rations of food at the Royal Oak
About the hot and sour soup at
Rexy's Bangkok Cuisine that is
brought when seated ... It is very
spicy, but the server will return the
soup to the kitchen for "doctoring"
... Or just tell the waitperson before-
hand that you can't eat spicy food ...
and it will be toned down for you.
Why the soup? ... A Thai meal is
not regarded as complete without
seven-day-a-week operation ...
Monday-Thursday, 11-10; Friday,
11-11; Saturday, noon-11; Sunday,
Of striking decor is the 400-gallon
aquarium with its colorful, exotic
fishes ... An arch from the dining
room into the open kitchen sector is
like those at the front of Thailand
temples ... Wall patterns are lotus
The former .Sears Hardware and
Captain Tony's site, with its Cuban
sandwiches and indoor bocci ball
court, was gutted from floor to ceil-
ing ... The flooring is now of stained
epoxy on cement ... Cast iron parti-
tions are between the tables and
booth sections ... much oak wood,
hanging decorator lamps with small
Bangkok-themed shades, Siamese
The famed Thai Bubble Drink,
which to Taiwan is what coffee or
soda are to the United States, enjoys
much popularity at Rexy's Bangkok
It is cool, refreshing and sweet ...
with tapioca pearls sitting on the
bottom ... Large fat straws are used
to suck up the tapioca balls that
taste like and have the texture of
gummy bears ... or something
between Jell-O and chewing gum.
Note the rice ... It is Thailand's
wonderful pearly white kind that
grows there in abundance.
Quite erroneous in point of fact, is
that all Thai food is hot, or extreme-
ly hot ... Although some Thai dishes
are quite spicy, far more dishes are
completely mild, and
require no adjustment
whatsoever ... much of
the heat of the spicy
dishes comes from
red or green pep-
referred to as
chilies ... The
Thais call them
prik and have many
amusing names for
the hottest of them
... There are a num-
ber of them that
range from quite
mild ... almost
innocuous ... all the