Budsi comes from a long line of chefs who would never call themselves chefs. They’re farmers who grow the rice they steam each morning and raise the fish they eat each afternoon Eating “authentic” here means old recipes that no one has ever written down, but that are etched into bones and bellies. To Budsi, it means never compromising on flavor. It means bringing her farm right here to a New Orleans community that has embraced her since her first pop up.
At Budsi’s we create a unique experience by ensuring every dish is one that the locals of Sakorn Nakorn would never push away.
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Budsi's Authentic Thai Menu - New Orleans Updated 6/9/2021
Menu and pricing subject to change
STREET FOOD APPETIZERS
Grilled Pork Shoulder 8
A Thai bar favorite. Tender and juicy strips of pork served with a special northeastern Thai chili sauce that defies all flavor conventions--- sweet, spicy, salty and sour at once. A great share dish.
Pork Dumplings 6
Budsi’s handmade pork dumplings come with a soy-based sauce. They’re topped with fried garlic and fresh cilantro.
Issan Sausage 10
Homemade sausages from the Issan region stuffed with glass noodles, rice, and garlic. Sour and savory, these are served with cabbage, cucumbers, red chilis and pickled ginger.
Fried Larb Balls 8
Larb is a classic Issan flavor that is both fresh and succulent. These are made with pork and fresh Thai herbs.
Fried Fish Cakes 8
Minced fish with red chili paste fried and served with a sweet, spicy, sour sauce which is topped with peanuts and cucumbers
Mango and Sticky Rice 7
A perfect Thai Dessert.
Issan is a region, and flavor, unto itself. Home to Thailand's farming community, food staples here are fresh, crisp and full of funky upcountry flavors.
Waterfall Pork (Moo Nam Tok) 12
If you ever happen to be invited to granny’s house in upcountry Thailand, this is what she’ll serve you. Grilled pork sliced fine and sautéed with rice roasted and crushed, red onions, cilantro, scallions, mint and lime juice served over jasmine rice.
Mushroom Larb 11
A medley of seasonal mushrooms and tofu infused with fresh Issan region flavors: fresh squeezed lime juice, cilantro, cilantro, mint, roasted and crushed rice, green onions, and red onions served over jasmine rice
Chicken Larb 11
Minced chicken cooked with fresh cilantro, culantro, red onions, green onions, and mint over jasmine rice.
Spicy Somtam Papaya Salad Set w/ grilled pork shoulder and sticky rice 14
Somtam is the epitome of Issan flavor: spicy, cool, and fresh. This dish is served in two styles--- Upcountry style: an adventurous option w/ fermented fish sauce and crab in brine crushed with a mortar and pestle. Bangkok style with dried shrimp and peanuts
Gaeng Om Soup 12
Issan village stew w/ chicken, Chinese wintermelon, green onions, lime basil.
Bamboo Salad. 8
Similar to the Somtam, but made with bamboo. It is made fermented fish sauce for a full and distinct flavor
NOODLES AND STREET FOOD
These are dishes you'll find in every late-night street market in Thailand.
Pad See Ew w/ Chicken, Beef, Crispy Pork,Shrimp or Tofu 12
Fat noodles stir-fried in a sweet and savory sauce with Thai kale and egg. $2 upcharge for crispy pork or shrimp.
Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao!) 10
Fried noodles with broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, cabbage, Kaffir lime leaves, egg, and Thai kale with chicken or tofu. Perfect to soak up all your vices. $2 upcharge for cripsy pork, $4 for shrimp.
Budsi's Royal Pad Thai 14
Budsi puts her own spin on this familiar dish, infusing it with flavors of Thailand’s Issan region. Served with shrimp, dried shrimp, tofu, onions and topped with bean sprouts and garlic chives. Crushed roasted peanuts, a wedge of lime, and crushed red peppers are served on the side.
Stir-fried Crispy Pork and Thai Kale 12
Served over jasmine rice with a fried egg on top. (made w/ soybean paste)
Budsi's Noodles with Chicken, Beef, Crispy Pork, Shrimp, or Tofu 12
This fat noodle dish is best described as a fusion between Pad Gra Pow (stir-fried Thai basil) and Pad See Ew. It’s flavored with Thai basil and chili oil, and stir-fried with red bell peppers, bamboo, mushrooms and green beans. $2 upcharge for crispy pork or shrimp.
Thai Fried Rice w/ chicken, beef, crispy pork, tofu, or shrimp ($14) 12
Made with carrots, green onions, white onions, Thai Kale. $2 upcharge for crispy pork or shrimp.
Spicy Stir-fry with Holy Basil and topped with a Fried Egg 12
Classic Thai street food, late night, Bangkok, drink in hand. Served with choice of chicken, beef, crispy pork, shrimp or tofu. $2 upcharge for crispy pork or shrimp.
CLASSIC SOUPS AND CURRIES
Green Curry with Chicken 12
Served with chicken, bamboo, eggplant, and red bell peppers over jasmine rice. With chicken, beef, tofu, crispy pork or shrimp. $2 upcharge for crispy pork or shrimp.
Creamy Tom Yum Soup 12
A Thai classic cooked with chicken, tofu, or shrimp. With oyster mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, red onions, galanga, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, served over jasmine rice. $2 upcharge for shrimp.
Khao Soi Noodle Soup 13
Served with either chicken or tofu, this rich and savory soup is topped with crispy fried noodles, pickled mustard greens, and homemade chili oil.
Tom Kha Coconut Milk Soup 12
Stewed with either chicken, tofu, or shrimp. With oyster mushrooms, cabbage, red onions, galanga, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. $2 upcharge for crispy pork or shrimp.
Red Curry 12
A slightly spicy curry served with chicken, beef, tofu, crispy pork, or shrimp. With bamboo, red bell peppers, cherry eggplant, and kaffir lime leaf over jasmine rice.$2 upcharge for crispy pork or shrimp.
Pumpkin Curry 12
Served with a choice of chicken, tofu, beef, crispy pork, or shrimp. $2 upcharge for crispy pork or shrimp.
Pineapple Curry 12
A sweet and spicy curry served with chicken, tofu, beef, crispy pork, or shrimp. $2 upcharge for crispy pork or shrimp.
Tom Yum Noodle Soup 13
A Thai classic cooked with minced pork, shrimp, peanuts, bean sprouts, and cilantro.