Wichita, thankfully, has no shortage of Asian cuisine. However, with such a variety, it can be easy to overlook some of the smaller restaurants with more to offer. Bann Thai has been in a strip mall on the southwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn since 2012. It offers a menu that includes popular Thai dishes from soups and salads to fish, pork and beef as well as vegetarian-friendly tofu dishes.
From the dinner menu, we ordered the Kang-Karee (green curry) and Panang curry (both $7.95) with chicken, both served with steamed rice. The Kang-Karee was rich and flavorful with chunks of tender potatoes in a green curry sauce. The flavors were fresh and spicy in the coconut milk base of the Panang chicken, and the bell peppers added extra flavor, but the dish was soupier than we would have liked.
Unless you’re a spicy-food connoisseur, you’ll want to be sure to order your food mild, as many of the dishes arrived much spicier than ordered. Fortunately, we also ordered Thai iced tea ($2). Served in a tall glass, the tea was mixed with sweetened condensed milk, served with ample ice, and countered the heat of the meal well.