More news today from the realm of Asian restaurants: Thai Oudone Valley Grill is now open on Cloverdale Road in Roanoke, serving authentic cuisine from the owners’ native region of the world.
Front end manager Patrick Thammavong, a recent graduate of Staunton River High School, said his father, Ou Thammavong, has wanted to open his own restaurant ever since he worked at Fiji Island years ago. In February of this year, he finally found the right location next door to a gas station on Cloverdale Road near Bonsack. The restaurant has four booths inside, but is mainly geared toward takeout customers.
Ou Thammavong is a native of Laos, a country sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam that also borders China and Cambodia. The restaurant serves Chinese, Thai and Lao cuisine. Most of us are familiar with Chinese and Thai cuisine, but what kinds of dishes hail from the country of Laos? As Patrick put it, the main difference between Thai and Lao cuisine is “the people who cook it.”
However, there is one distinctly Lao dish that should be found on any Lao menu: larb. At Thai Oudone Valley Grill, the larb can be ordered with the diner’s choice of either chicken, beef or pork. Larb is a meat salad made of ground meat seasoned with mint, onion, lime juice and cilantro and served on a bed of lettuce. It can be served warm, room temperature, or cold. Thai Oudone serves it cold, so don’t think there’s been some mistake when it comes that way.
Other dishes on the menu include pad Thai, green curry, ka pow chicken and a number of Chinese dishes such as the cashew chicken pictured here. Patrick said his father cooks the Chinese food and his great aunt, Konh Sivohgsa, cooks the Thai dishes.
Thai Oudone Valley Grill is located at 5983 Cloverdale Road in Roanoke. The phone number is 540-977-1255, and it is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. You can visit their Facebook page for more information.