Delightfully-flavored noodle dish shines at Maile’s Thai Bistro

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Whether you’re hungry for the best curry, mouth-watering noodle dishes or traditional sticky rice, Maile’s Thai Bistro offers strong aromatic ingredients with a spicy edge. HI Now host Jobeth Devera got the chance to taste one of the restaurant’s more popular dishes, Pad Ki Mao, aka drunken noodles with shrimp, along with house fried rice, Thai lechon and Thai crepe for dessert.

Some of the other unique dishes you’ll find at the restaurant include Thai Mozzarella salad, beef Sashimi and Thai Scetta. For kids and pupus, the eatery serves French fries, Hamachi Kama, Thai short ribs, Maile’s version of saimin and local style “house fried rice.” Chicken breast is always used in stir-fries and curries recipes. Recently, Maile created a menu exclusively for vegans, explaining “it’s really helpful for us to offer items to accommodate to our customers’ palates.”

Pad Ki Mao, aka Drunken Noodles is made with:
– your choice of protein
– broccoli
– egg
– wide rice noodles (chow fun)
– vinegar
– black soy sauce
– fish sauce
– sugar
– garlic chili oil
– bean sprouts
– holy basil

About Chef Maile Sengoura
Maile Sengoura is the owner of Maile’s Thai Bistro. She was practically raised in the kitchen since she always spent time watching and helping her mother cook the family’s meals. Since the Thai and Laotian cultures are all about food, its beautiful flavors, strong spices, and fresh taste, Maile was very intrigued and began to learn at a very early age. She worked her first job as a prep cook at Thai Chef, in Lahaina, Maui. Unlike most children, Maile spent her summers cooking instead of playing.

During the ages of 16-18, she worked as a server at the now defunct Mekong Thai Restaurant on Beretania Street in Honolulu. By now, Maile had learned the ropes of the restaurant business and was soon working at her Uncle Boun’s restaurant, Paesano Ristorante Italiano in Manoa. After that, she quickly moved on to becoming an operating partner at her Aunt’s restaurant, Assaggio Ristorante Italiano in Hawaii Kai.

Having spent much of her time growing up in the restaurant business and inheriting the entrepreneurial spirit and family traditions of owning restaurants, it wasn’t long before Maile wanted to have a restaurant of her own. She wanted the freedom to create food the way she envisioned. This gave birth to Maile’s Thai Bistro in Hawaii Kai Towne Center. With the success of her first venture, she has opened Bellini Bistro and Bar in Ward Village in 2015.  It closed in 2017 and reopened in September as Maile’s Thai at Ward.

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