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Naung Mai Thai Kitchen
Ranked #15 of 239 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $17
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Naung Mai Thai Kitchen has a long standing reputation for serving the best Thai food in Hilo. This quintessential "hole in the wall" has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Located just blocks from the Hilo Farmer's Market, the chefs gather the freshest ingredients, choosing organic and local products whenever possible; the results are simply delicious!
Norwich, CT, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Worth looking for”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Parking is terrible in the area, the restaurant is hard to find, and seating is limited, but the food is worth the effort.

We ate a late lunch here. Appetizer of fried tofu is huge, we split it 3 ways. The peanut dipping sauce is great. Vegetarian options available with tofu and lots of vegetables. We ordered Funn noodles, Silver Noodles, and Pineapple Curry, all three were perfectly spiced and the portions were satisfying. Thai tea was good. We would eat here often if we were locals.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank karen1monger
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome food, great find”
Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

Stopped in for our first night in Hilo. Really great and expansive menu, but not to the point that it was overwhelming. yummy spring rolls and great sauce for the fried tofu. The Panang curry was really good with well cooked veggies and chicken in a great sauce and just the right amount of heat. The crispy noodles had this delicious and really satisfying sauce. The massaman curry was incredibly creamy and delicious and filled with goodies. Finally, the pad see ew was anything but "ew" and was probably the best I have ever had. Great noodles, awesome flavor on the beef, lots of veggies, nice heat. A really great meal!!

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Thank John I
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Florence, KY
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Authentic Thai”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

If you like authentic Thai with lots of vegetables and some you may not recognize, this is the place to eat in Hilo. Small and tucked away, it's got one of the best desserts ever - and brace yourself, I know this sounds a bit odd, but it's the Combination (warm tapioca pudding served over ice cream - try the ginger, and topped with a strawberry. We were driving back from the other side of the island and I asked if anyone was interested in stopping just to get the dessert and no one made a sound. I thought perhaps no one was interested, but when I turned around, all six people seated behind me in the van had their hands raised. Uh-huh. It's THAT good!

Visited January 2012
Thank Jinnyus
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Los Angeles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Three stars is a gift...”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

because this restaurant resides somewhere between two and three stars. Food is edible and unremarkable BUT a small step up from the average Hilo restaurant. Whyohwhoyohwhy does Hilo have so many undistinguished eateries?

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank alan310LA
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Thai Food - tucked away on a side street in Hilo”
Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Red Curry, Green Curry, Pumpkin Curry. Delicious food, very fresh. Generous portions. We chose medium hotness which was just right for me. Very pleasant atmosphere.

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Thank Lynn G
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