Soup from Thai Express and Six More Good Things

These seven dishes or drinks have passed our taste buds this month and made us rave. They are ranked by level of yumminess.

By the Editors

Jan 2021

The tom khah khai soup from Thai Express
Photo by Leah StiefermannThe tom khah khai soup from Thai Express has a coconut milk base that’s brightened by lemongrass. Purchase Photo

Winter calls for soup, and the tom khah khai soup from Thai Express (948 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-865-0101) hits the spot. Its coconutty broth is so flavorful, with little zings of lemongrass, basil and galangal to brighten up icky January days.

The chicken piccata from Bruno’s Italian Restaurant (416 South Ave., Springfield, 417-866-0007) is what dreams are made of. As one staffer puts it: “It’s done the right way, with chicken breasts sauteed with butter, lemon and capers—no breaded chicken. It’s the real deal.”

We just learned about the empanadas at Not’cho Ordinary Taco Truck (at the Route 66 Food Truck Park, 1530 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield), so please excuse us while we take a sec to drool over the one that’s filled with creamy buffalo chicken dip and topped with ranch, bleu cheese and cilantro.

When we’re in the mood for something super-sweet, we love the mango chicken from Thai Express (948 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-865-0101). It has perfectly fried little hunks of chicken that are doused in a pineapple- and mango-filled sauce.

We’re all about good barbecue sides, and among our faves are the jalapeno bottlecaps at Buckingham’s BBQ (2002 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-886-9979). Crunchy, poppable and just barely spicy, they’re ideal next to the snappy hot links.

The Brussels sprout salad from the winter menu at Progress (2144 E. Republic Road, Suite B-101, Springfield, 417-799-9388) is borderline mind-blowing. It features both fresh and fried sprouts, but the real zip is in other flavorful ingredients like marcona almonds, orange zest, black lemon dressing and plenty of fresh herbs.

At just $4.99, the vegetable jeon from Little Korea (3354 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-368-1694) is one of the best values when it comes to shareables. A jeon is a savory Korean pancake, and this one is made with shredded potato, carrot, onion and green onion—plus it tastes great dunked into the restaurant’s hot pot broth.