The most memorable part of a trip to lucky Las Vegas differs depending on who you ask. For me, my jackpot was finding James Beard Award winner Lotus of Siam—which is known as one of the best Thai Restaurants in all of America. Lotus is not your typical Thai joint serving Pad Thai—this is Northern Thai Cuisine—and unlike anything you’ve ever tasted.
Everything at Lotus is good : Nam-Prik-Ong (Chili Dip), Nam Kao Tod (Crispy Rice Salad with Sausage), Khao Soi (Crispy Duck Curry served with Egg Noodles) …but nothing can prepare you for their famous GARLIC PRAWNS. These meaty prawns come served deep fried and crispy—but the catch is that the shells have been separated from the flesh and served almost like extra crispy shrimp chips. If that wasn’t enough, the whole lot is tossed in a tantalizing garlic sauce.
After trying Lotus of Siam once, it was alway a must visit anytime I was in Vegas. Flash forward a few years and I’m still thinking about their garlic prawns-but the problem is taking the trip to Vegas now that life is so busy with young children and work. I had no other choice than to replicate one of their best dishes. Once you make my copycat you’ll never miss paying $28 (yes that much for six prawns) and traveling to Vegas again!