Street Eats: Chicken Basil & Dumplings from Tuk Tuk Boy
A few weeks ago, we checked out the new Muay Thai cart, which is from the same people behind the Tuk Tuk Boy cart on West 50th St. At the Muay Thai cart, they had chicken basil listed on the menu, but told us they were only selling pad thai.
That was disappointing, so when we were near West 50th St last week, we stopped by Tuk Tuk Boy to try their basil chicken, which cost $6.
Being particularly hungry, we also went for an order of steamed dumplings for $4.
Feeling conventional today, we started with the appetizer, steamed dumplings. There were 5 in the order for $4, which is a good price for midtown.
Opening the container, the first smell was sesame oil, a good sign.
Digging in, the dumplings were really good, with plenty of meat inside the wrappers. The order came with a sweet soy dipping sauce that was tasty with the dumplings.
The only problem with the dumplings is they could have been hotter. As far as the taste, we were very happy.
Moving on to the basil chicken, we didn’t see any basil in the chicken, not a great sign. The sliced white meat chicken over white rice looked good, so we took a bite.
The chicken was good, but we didn’t taste much in the way of basil because the sauce was quite peppery. There were some pieces of bell pepper mixed in with the chicken, and there was plenty of black pepper in the sauce too.
As we got further into the chicken, there were a couple of pieces of basil, and a little more basil flavor.
Calling this dish basil chicken is a bit misleading, because it was spicy and peppery, but it was still enjoyable. We enjoyed the dumplings even more.