E-Sarn Sausage at Center Point
E-sarn sausage, $6.50, Dish #37
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Thailand's Center Point specializes in the cuisine of Isan (or Esarn), the country's northeastern region, where Laotian-style sausages can be fatty, aromatic wonders.
This version is wonderfully sweet and junky, tasting of lemongrass, chiles, and fish sauce. It's fried for a crisp skin, then split down the middle and served with fresh lime, thin slices of raw ginger and onion, roasted peanuts, and more fresh Thai chiles. With a cold beer, it's just the thing to kick off a great meal, but you'll have to remember to BYO.
Thailand's Center Point
63-19 39th Avenue, Woodside