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EIM Thai is everything a neighborhood Thai spot should be 

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
It’s nice to have an affordable neighborhood joint like EIM Thai in the area. And while this spot and its Powers Boulevard sibling spot, Arharn Thai, stand out for egg-enrobed ho kai dishes, my dining partner has a head cold, and that means soup — shrimp tom kha ($9), in this case, ordered at a restrained medium spice level. The soup, creamy with coconut milk, is perfumed with galangal, lemongrass and lime leaf, all good friends with tender shrimp. While an accompanying glass of Thai tea with lime ($3) is refreshing, pay the extra 50 cents for no ice — it’s a substantial difference in quantity.

We also try tofu lad prig ($8.80), a perfect choice for diners hesitant to reach beyond familiar dishes. It’s fried tofu triangles, crispy and light, with onions and red bell pepper under a chili-garlic sauce that’s almost candy-sweet, as well as plenty spicy ordered hot. It’s topped with crispy Thai basil leaves — nibble one with a bite of tofu for a little more flavor complexity.

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