Friday is Thai Day! Ok, Thursday was Thai Day too ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Hell, I wouldn't mind if every day was Thai Day. This is a bowl of Nom Tok noodles from Pata Paplean, an awesome bar/restaurant at the magical intersection of Woodside Ave and 77th St in Elmhurst, home to more than a half dozen fantastic Thai places, with Bhutanese and Indonesian joints thrown in for good measure. Pata Paplean does these special soups and noodle dishes on Friday-Monday only, and it's definitely worth a trip out here for them. They were out of the side order of wontons, so I opted for pork rinds instead, which make for some kick-ass croutons. The broth is super-rich, with a persistent, lingering spiciness. This was a small order, a little bit bigger than a snack, and enough to tide me over until dinner. FIVE DOLLARS!!!! And did I mention that the kitchen is open ridiculously late, until about 2am on weeknights? Well, it is! In the past I've had trouble finding delicious food after my shift at the club…I don't have that problem anymore now that I've moved to Jackson Heights.