We were generally happy with our meal at Sams Cafe (235 W 12th, Suite A, Merced, CA 95341, tel. 209-383-5350). Sam Malaythrong was not there that evening but our service was very good. We had called beforehand to find out if Sams made Mee Krob and the answer was “yes” so we went. We ordered one Tom Yum Goong soup (described as “spicy blend of chili, lemon, lemongrass and shrimp” $10.95). It was delicious. We ordered the Mee Krob (described as “crispy egg noodle topped with meats, vegetables and gravy $8.95). It was very disappointing; the noodles should be rice noodles, not egg and the gravy was very Chinese-tasting, not Thai. Our next dish was Goong Krawb (described as soft shell crispy shrimp with Thai spices and herbs $10.95). That dish was good. Finally for dessert we had the creamy rice with mango ($5.95). It was a good dessert and a good enough meal. We ordered too much, of course, but wanted to keep tasting Sams’ dishes. We also had 2 glasses of Sams’ house red wine ($6) but didn’t like it. We spent $56.43 plus tip.
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