$13 at Kanomwan

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Where: Kanomwan Restaurant, 736 1/2 Telephone Rd., 713-923-4236

What $13 gets you: A nice spicy green curry and some killer egg rolls.

After a few moments perusing the menu, we decided on the green chicken curry ($8) and some egg rolls ($2). We almost went for some of the soups, but they were a little pricey -- we will save those for next time.

The famously curt owner took our order and questioned my choice on the green curry, which had a "two thumb" spicy rating on the menu. "It will make your mouth burn" he said, to which we replied that we hoped so. He cracked an expression which could only be described as the prelude to a half smile. About 10 or so minutes later, our food was neatly packed to go, and we whisked it back to campus.

When we unpacked everything, we were surprised about the size of the egg rolls, double what we were expecting for the price. They were amazingly steaming hot, and delightfully tart and crispy, stuffed with cabbage and carrot. We couldn't help but scarf one down while we unpacked the rest of our food. The green curry was delightfully spicy and wonderfully flavorful, but the chicken itself seemed a little dry. It was noticeably less sweet than other curries we've had around the city, but this was not necessarily a bad thing. We had enough to take for lunch the next day after we had eaten our fill.

Recommended: Yes. It's not our favorite Thai, but it's hot, tasty, and convenient - only two minutes off campus. We'll be back for more.

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