Name of Restaurant: Linda Thai (琳達泰式料理)
Address: 585 Zhongxin (Chong Sin) Road, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 813
Hours: Daily 11AM-8 or 9PM (She will close earlier if she is not busy.)
Credit Cards: Not Accepted
Vegetarian Options: Yes
English Menu: Yes
English Service: Limited
Average Cost Per Person: $80NT to $150NT
GPS Coordinates: 22.685499,120.308894
Just as “foreign food” restaurants are Americanized in the US, those foods are also prepared to satisfy Taiwanese palates in Taiwan. This makes finding Mexican, Thai, German, etc. foods that I enjoy eating difficult. These foods tend to be neither true to their roots nor similar to the Americanized versions I am used to. However, Linda Thai is a real gem, serving up delicious, spicy, authentic Thai food.
Linda Thai is a real hole in the wall. The place looks like it could use a fresh coat of paint and updated appliances, but don’t let this put you off. The food is worth it and the space is comfortable enough. There are tables on the sidewalk or inside the shop. Pick up a menu at the counter and order there as well. The shops proprietor speaks enough English to help you order. She is also happy to accommodate special orders. The service is quick and friendly.
What to Eat
I’m one of those girls who find something she likes at a restaurant and rarely varies her order. Just ask my father. We went to the same restaurant every Tuesday for years, and I ordered the same thing every time. After a while, the servers didn’t even have to ask for my order. At Linda Thai, I have three favorites, although my friends tell me that almost all of the dishes are scrumptious.
1. Green Curry
This Thai curry is creamy, soupy, and flavorful. It’s enough to serve two, so take someone to share with or be prepared to take home leftovers. I order it with veggies and no meat, but you can also choose between chicken, pork, or seafood.
2. Red Curry
I know that two curries seem like overkill, but Linda Thai’s curry pastes are homemade, making the curries hard to pass up. The red curry is spicier than the green, but still enough for two. You can also order it with your choice of meat.
3. Pad Thai
This Thai food staple is done right at Linda Thai. The perfectly sauced noodles are served with peanuts and a slice of lime.
Note that the drink selection is limited, so you may want to bring a drink from one of the many nearby juice or tea shops.
By Scooter: Drive north on Bo Ai Road from downtown Kaohsiung. Turn left on Zhongxin (or Chong Sin) Road. Linda Thai is two blocks before the High Speed Rail Station on the left.
By MRT: Take the red line to R16 Zuoying Station. Exit the station as if you are going to the High Speed Rail Station. Walk south pass the bus station to the intersection where the most taxis are waiting. This should be Zhongxin Road and Gao Tie Road. Cross the street and walk east along Zongxin Road for a block and a half. Linda Thai will be on the right hand side.