November 11, 2012
1040 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
  • Cost: $$
  • Credit Cards: All Major
  • Alcohol: BYO
  • Parking: Street
  • Take Out: Yes

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November 11, 2012


Everything is bright at Boonsong, from the Thai flavors to the lime green dining room walls.

Hoi Jor

Boonsong Thai Cuisine, whose owners also run Montclair’s Tuptim, is a small storefront restaurant with about ten tables and a brisk take-out business. This part of Bloomfield’s Broad Street has a number of ethnic spots worth a visit, with  Stamna Greek Taverna  and Taquería Auténtica right across the street.

We enjoyed Boonsong’s Thai salad, tossed with tofu and peanut sauce. Hoi Jor, shrimp and crab meat wrapped in thin bean curd skin fried golden brown, is an excellent appetizer served with a sweet, spicy dipping sauce. I ordered Gai Ma Maung (chicken with chili, cashews, onions and peppers) as an entree. Your serve will ask, “mild, medium or hot?” Answer carefully. “Hot” is Thai hot. Be prepared for fiery mouthfuls and some sweating. Even the chicken curry with coconut milk (Gang Masaman) ordered “mild” will wake you up. Boonsong’s menu includes all the Thai classics like Mee Grob, Tom Yum soup, and Pad Thai.

“Hot” Gai Ma Maung

After our meal at Boonsong, we walked up the street to Holsten’s (of The Sopranos final episode fame)  for a few scoops of homemade ice cream, a nice way to cool the palate after the Thai heat.