Wai-Wai Thai Place Express - Overland Park, Kansas
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Wai-Wai Thai Place Express is the Overland Park, Kansas fast food style operation by the Kansas City area Thai Place chain of restaurants. Wai-Wai serves good, inexpensive Thai food, fairly fast. You order and pay at the counter, are given a glass to get your own beverage and the food is brought to your table in about 10 minutes.
The Thai spicy stir fried chicken has very good flavor. It is not "hot" even when ordered that way, but you can make up for that with a few ladles of the "Thai chilies" in fish sauce, which heats it up nicely. There is a small sauce bar next to the soda machines.
Another good choice is the Moo Phad Phet (stir fired pork with mushrooms, bell peppers, jalapenos, onions and scallions in spicy red curry sauce served with jasmine rice. The flavors combine very nicely.
For dishes which are spicy hot when ordered that way, I recommend the Thai Place Shrimp and the Spicy Basil wings appetizer.
I've enjoyed every dish I have had at Wai-Wai, but I think I would enjoy the chicken laab (minced meat tossed with fresh mint, red onions, dried chili, scallions, cilantro and fresh lime served with fresh cabbage) more without the mint, but it is still good.
The miniature garlic pork rib appetizer (marinated pork ribs, fried crisp and served with sriracha sauce) is also tasty.
With the exception of the price of a couple of items, the Wai-Wai's menu has not changed in several years as of this writing in September 2017. The prices on all dishes are reasonable, and the appetizers are particularly a good price, with all of them under $6 and several of them under $4.
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