Joining the ranks of Thai, party restaurants like Sea in Brooklyn; Qi Thai Grill opens up its third location today in Williamsburg to bring Thai street food to the neighborhood. "Brooklyn is such a center of innovation, cuisine and style, so we knew we wanted a Qi here,” said owner Ahm Bopit. “There is profound appreciation for artisan and world cuisine in Brooklyn that makes it an ideal place for us to serve some of our favorite dishes, which we eat at food stalls in Thailand.”
Chef Sripraphai Tipmanee and dessert master Pichet Ong have contributed to this Brooklyn project to serve up kin lehnn (small plates), and pihng yahng (grilled dishes). This includes pork-heavy plates of cilantro-marinated kor mooh yahng (grilled pork jaw), mooh dang mooh grohb (cinnamon pork and crispy pork belly), and kee mao kah mooh (spicy pork trotter) with chili jam.
They also offer an array of signature cocktails like the blend of gin, vodka, star anise, ginger, yuzu, Thai iced tea, lime and guava juice, and is titled after Bangkok’s official name, which is also the world’s longest city name: Krungthepmahanakhon Amornrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharat
Ratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.
You can just ask for the Bangkok. Or, with even less syllables, the Chi’, which has gin, Midori, and cucumber puree.
No meal with Ong behind the wheel would be complete without a sweet. Here they serve his pumpkin crème brulee with coconut Chantilly cream, and a banana-date upside down cake with beer ice cream. This, and everything else, can be had under a four-foot Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, which is perched on a waterfall in the center of Qi’s two-tiered, two-hundred-seat dining room. Which, incidentally, is not like a Thai street cart at all.