After hearing of the new Thai restaurant in Hanover, I headed online to read about Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine. Open every day, Tuk Tuk serves lunch and dinner, and what’s even better is they take reservations. So on Tuesday, I called around 4:45pm and left a message on the answering machine requesting a table for that night; in about 5 minutes I received a call back confirming 6pm.
A folding sign for Tuk Tuk on the sidewalk of Hanover’s Main Street showed us the alley to turn down (next to Dirt Cowboy Cafe) and we quickly noticed a door with blue awning. Walking into the entrance and through the restaurant is a bit of a maze, but a couple of friendly employees directed us to seating near the back. The back is bright and lively and I was impressed with how many tables surrounded us, half of them already filled with other customers.
My husband and I settled into our table and studied the menu; the selection of appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, curry dishes, sides, and duck specialties all described with a good amount of detail. Neither of us knew where to start and we were thankful when our server, Maggie, stopped by with some recommendations, telling us her favorites and other popular items. It was still tough to choose an appetizer, but we were in luck – an option called “All In One Combination” offers eight samplings of appetizers and different sauces, and is just slightly pricier than the rest at $13.95. When it was ready, Maggie set the large plate down and explained each item’s sauce match. (Mmmm…chicken satay with peanut sauce, and crab cream puff on its own!) Wooden chopsticks were also provided for a more authentic experience.
Next came our entrees. I had chosen the Green Curry with chicken and my husband went with the Roasted Duck Curry. All duck dishes are $24.95, and if the others are anything like what my husband received, the entrée is well worth the price. Taking up most of a small platter, a beautifully glazed duck breast lay surrounded by colorful fresh vegetables. Before I took a bite of my curry, I had to try the duck. Its sauce was light and delicious with a slightly unique taste, and the duck was juicy and flavorful – it was a wonderful dish.
On to my Green Curry. It was the perfect choice to follow a filling appetizer. The sauce, made from a Thai green curry paste and coconut milk, was filled with basil leaves, bamboo shoots, strips of red bell pepper, and chunks of eggplant and zucchini. The serving size wasn’t too much, and I even took about a 1/3 of it home. The one pepper assigned to this dish on the menu indicated a “medium” spice level, and I’d say it was even more on mild side, which was perfect for this Midwestern-born and raised girl.
Both dishes were served with sides of white rice.
Afterward, I had the opportunity to talk with the owner, Pannipa, who’s nickname is Tuk Tuk. The restaurant opened in June and she seems extremely thankful and excited for the opportunity to serve Thai food to the Upper Valley. Even better – her mother does most of the cooking! And who doesn’t love Mom’s cooking?
Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine is open every day for lunch and dinner in the dining room, as well as for take-out and delivery. Call 603-277-91912 for take-out, delivery and to make reservations.
Appetizers, Soups and Salads $4.95 - $13.95
Main Dishes and Curries $8.95 - $15.95
Specialty and Duck Dishes $14.95 - $24.95