At Thai Food by Pranee, they’re dedicated to serving up truly authentic dishes in the heart of paradise. Located right along the Road to Hana, they operate out of a small food truck cozied up next to a covered porch. They have even more tables set up in the open air, so you can take in the gorgeous views of the lush rainforest all around.
As soon as you pull up, the delightful scent of sweet, savory, and the wholly spicy fare will hit your senses, letting you know that an amazing meal awaits. To figure out just what to order, walk up to the front counter and gaze upon the menu board to see vivid photos of all their creations. Their item names tell the tale of what you can expect as well, but feel free to ask if you need more information.
Although they have a well-curated menu of fan favorites, you’re welcome to customize them to your liking. Want to skip the fish sauce when ordering the Pineapple Fried Rice? Just let them know. Prefer to sub in tofu and avoid the meat? That’s just fine, too. You should also take a moment to reflect on how spicy you want your meal, and then let them know that as well. Just be forewarned, if you tell them Thai hot, they will not hold back in the slightest, resulting in a truly sizzling dining experience.
Along with your food selections, you’re welcome to get tea, smoothies, and other drinks to quench your thirst. They always make their smoothies with fresh tropical fruits, no syrups needed, making them an excellent choice when you want to sip on a refreshing beverage.
Since everything is made to order, expect quite a bit of a wait until your food is ready. Thankfully, the view will keep you enamored until you hear your order number called through the window. Then, you can just pick up your dishes at the counter, and then dig in at your table of choice. The bright, bold flavors will satisfy all your cravings, while the generous portions promise to keep you full for hours to come.
Their most popular choices are:
Green Papaya Salad with
For fresh tropical flavors with a tangy bite, go with the Papaya Salad. This dish begins with fresh salad greens topped with shredded green papaya and carrots. To that, they drizzle on their signature lime dressing to add even more depth to the dish. Want to elevate it even more? Ask for their fried fish on top as well.
Pineapple Fried Rice
For a bright, refreshing take on a true classic, you definitely need the Pineapple Fried Rice in your life. They create this entrée by frying their white rice with carrots, cucumbers, and other fresh veggies. Then, they add soy sauce and other seasonings before throwing fresh, cubed pineapple into the mix. Although it’s plenty good plain, you can add shrimp or chicken for an extra charge.
A definite fan favorite, the Drunken Noodles will have you singing this eatery’s praises far and wide. To start this entrée, the chef stir-fries broccoli, carrots, and green beans until perfectly tender. Then, they add broad rice noodles before pouring on the sauce. This dish comes spicy, but you can ask them to kick it up a notch if you’re feeling brave.
If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, give their desserts a try. The options vary from day to day, but they’re all equally delightful when you need a sugary kick. For a journey into all the best tropical flavors, let their Banana Cake or Mango Sticky Rice win you over. Prefer chocolate above all else? Then, you cannot go wrong with their Macadamia Nut Brownies.
-Many eateries close up shop early in Hana, so grab an extra meal to go. That way, you can dig in later in the day when nothing else is open.
-Although they post their open hours, there’s nothing making them stick to them. So, don’t be surprised if they’re closed when you arrive.