Wishing for summer, eating like it’s winter at Ty Fun

Who isn’t dreaming about all the Northeast Ohio restaurants with wonderful patios that we’ll be at, sitting under the bright sun, the bright, glaring sun pumping up the humidity and causing the metal tables to sizzle???

But I digress.

So we decided to hit one of my favorite winter places – Ty Fun Thai Bistro in Tremont (815 Jefferson Ave.) for some of its jasmine rice soaked in warm, savory curry with hearty chunks of chicken and potato added to the mixture.

Ty Fun - Drinks
It’s always summer on the cocktail menu at Ty Fun Thai Bistro in Tremont. In this case, it’s a Coconut Samui and a Mango Tyni. (Jeannene Mathis-Bertosa)

But first we decided to mock the weather with a couple of summer cocktails. Jeannene went with a Mango Tytini ($9) and it was apparent they used very fresh mango in it to go with the vodka. We heard several other patrons in the small dining room also compliment it. I went with the Coconut Samui ($8). Rum and coconut over crushed ice topped with a cherry pierced by a bamboo umbrella. I am so ready for summer.

Ty Fun- Crispy Cups
Ty Fun’s Crispy Cups feature chunks of chicken and carrots, plus peas and a fragrant syrupy sauce. (Jeannene Mathis-Bertosa)

For an appetizer we went with the Crispy Cups ($8), six bite-sized pastry cups filled with diced chicken and carrots and some peas. It played the role of the appetizer as it just got us more hungry for the main course.

Ty Fun - Main courses
The main courses arrive at Ty Fun in Tremont. Goong Ob Woon Sen (which roughly translates to shrimp and glass noodles in a savory ginger sauce) is in the foreground and behind that is a heaping bowl of massaman chicken curry. (Jeannene Mathis-Bertosa)

And for me that meant the massaman curry with chicken ($16). While the potatoes had a little more bite than I’m used to, everything else was just what I imagined back in the third paragraph. Go ahead, re-read it, I’ll wait. OK, then… Jeannene went in a different direction with the Goong Ob Woon Sen ($20.50). That’s ginger shrimp with glass noodles and she enjoyed it and I also liked the bite I had though I’m glad I went with my rice-soaked curry and chicken.

And now bring on the patios.


John Bertosa is likely out and about sampling the Northeast Ohio dining scene.

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