Eatbeat: Little Bangkok offers an adventure in Thai cuisine

Marilyn Hagerty

They have been getting there around 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings and close up around 1 p.m. And today will be the finale for this year’s summer Saturdays downtown Farmer Markets.

Dow Som, who was born in Thailand, and her husband David Storey of Grand Forks are a team. They operate Little Bangkok in East Grand Forks. They make their food available in Squires dining area on the UND campus and at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. He also drives truck, delivering bread for Sara Lee.

Year round, their home base is Little Bangkok along restaurant row in East Grand Forks overlooking the Red River. She lived in the United States before coming to Grand Forks to work. She and David Storey married here 10 years ago. they have a son Derek, 7, who is in second grade at Kelly School.

She stirs. She fries. She sells from their food cart in the summer. He stands by to help as they work like a team.

This summer with their Little Bangkok wagon on wheels they have made regular trips to Grafton and Crookston. Sometimes they go to Fargo Asian markets. Their best seller has been a sweet and sour chicken combination for $10. Next best has been egg rolls and crab ragoons.


Their home base in East Grand Forks offers a complete menu including traditional Thai entrees. There’s a drunken noodle made with wild rice noodles and egg, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapenos combined with Thai basil. It’s all in a medium-spicy caramel-like oyster sauce.

The menu begins with wonton and other soups and salads including shrimp avocado. There’s sushi a la carte and choices ranging to sushi boats. There’s a little Sushi Boat for $20.75 and a large one at $65 for dine-in only. Curry dishes are served with a side of Jasmine rice. And six house specialties served with rice or noodles include salmon and chicken as well as shrimp.

Curry dishes come with a side of Jasmine rice.

There was a small bottle of soy sauce on my table and one pesky late summer fly floating around when I had a late lunch at Little Bangkok on a recent Saturday. During a quiet time I had a chance to enjoy the setting. The restaurant is large with tables outside. The décor is pleasantly authentic.

The miso soup I ordered was made with soy bean paste, soft tofu, seaweed and green onions. The soup was thin. The flavor was good.

I chose a beef, broccoli and carrots dish with a soy sauce based wok sauce. Then finished my meal with an outstanding green tea ice cream that will bring me back.


Little Bangkok


415 Second St. NW

East Grand Forks

Telephone: 218-399-1122

Operators: Dow Som and David Storey

Report card: With a full and inviting menu, Little Bangkok restaurant adds an adventure in Thai cuisine. Wonton soup and seaweed salad are choices along with sushi and curry. Service on a recent Saturday was friendly and rated an A.

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