Po's Rice and Spice

Located in East Hampton, Po’s Rice and Spice restaurant was founded in 2014 by Po (Chan) Fong with the goal of serving Thai and Asian cuisine to the central Connecticut area. With the name originating from the owner’s children (rice in honor of her son, spice in honor of her daughter) Po’s has become a favorite for locals and non-locals alike. They offer a selection of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options and will also accommodate a patron’s dietary needs as best as possible. Below are a few of the many dishes offered on the regular and special menus that we tried during our recent visit.

The Grilled Halibut which is currently a special is purchased locally from Louie’s Seafood Market in Colchester and consists of steamed bac choy, topped with your choice of Thai basil curry and coconut sauce or ginger scallion lightly braised in garlic oil and soy sauce.

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The Mongolian Beef is featured on the regular menu and is made of beef sautéed with sweet bell, green pepper, onions, carrots, peapods and heart of scallion in a spicy Szechwan sauce.

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The Anoki Blossoms currently appear in the appetizer section of the specials menu and is a must try. The dish consists of Fried Anoki mushrooms drizzled with a savory garlic sauce. The perfect dish to share with the table before entrees.

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Next we had the Thai Basil Chicken which consists of ground chicken tossed with fresh Thai basil, sweet bell, onions and baby corn, topped with a deep fried egg.

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Another option that is currently an appetizer on the specials menu is the Green Papaya Salad. The salad contains shredded green papaya, carrots, cabbage, cilantro and mint tossed in a sweet and spicy dressing while all being topped with crushed peanuts.

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Pictured below is the Drunken Noodles that comes with your choice of chicken, shrimp, or beef, these chow fun style noodles are tossed with onions, red & green peppers and baby corn. This is a favorite of many who visit the restaurant.

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Lastly finish your meal off with one of the rotating dessert options like the pastries shown below.

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We highly suggest you visit Po’s Rice and Spice for yourself and try some of the delicious dishes on the menu. Located in a cozy and renovated building, Po’s combines great food in a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Po’s offers dine in, take out, or delivery(for the immediate area) options. The restaurant is located in the quaint historic district of East Hampton at 97 Main Street and is within walking distance of multiple shops and small stores, other restaurants and the Airline Trail State Park. You can find out more information by visiting their website: posriceandspice.com or by calling them at 860-365-5955.

Evan Schultz