Crazy for Stir Crazy in Pocasset
By: Dan Bogorff, March 22, 2012
DAN BOGORFF - A lion and tropical plants await you at the entrance to Stir Crazy.
To eat at Stir Crazy is to take a journey. Not just through food but through history, as you read about the life of the owner, Bopha, on the menu. The story of her journey from Cambodia to the United States is kept alive in a richly unique meal, and is passed along from person to person through an unforgettable dining experience.
Stir Crazy offers vegetarian stir-fries, and many other dishes can have tofu substituted for meat. They have an excellent children’s menu that is both delicious and healthy. The cost is mid-range: dinner for two (2 apps, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, 2 martinis) was under $100, including tip.
Now for the food…
Chomros, a combination appetizer of meat and vegetable egg rolls, is a great introduction to Cambodian cuisine. Easily shared between two people, the egg rolls were perfectly fried without being oily or too hard.
The Nhem Shross, light sweet rice and peanut sauce on the side, was a light counterpart similar to the fresh roll found in Thai cuisine. The hot sauce (available on request) is a delicious addition, as flavorful as a salsa but sharp and lingering like Sriracha.
Bopha’s homemade soup is amazing! Composed of chicken, pineapple, zucchini, summer squash, cherry tomatoes, celery, green onion, and lotus stem, the flavor was subtly sweet, tangy, and light. This soup made me feel like I had just packed all my things for an unknown journey to a far off land, excited and ready to take on whatever lay ahead.
If you go...570 MacArthur Boulevard, Pocasset (508) 564-6464
Stir Crazy is participating in "You Art What You Eat" benefiting the Falmouth Artists' Guild.
On Thursday, March 22, from 5-10 PM, 25% of your bill will help support the Guild.
Stir Crazy is also collecting donations for the Cambodian Eye Project.
For the main course, I had the steak, which is marinated in scallion or lemongrass sauce and served with vegetables and white or brown rice.
I’m going to flat out say that this is the best steak in town. It even beats steak tips or filet medallions. I ordered it medium rare and that's how it arrived, with a nice sweet char on the outside. The meat was ridiculously tender with a flavor that takes over a little corner of your memory bank and frequently reminds you that deliciousness is still out there. The vegetables were firm, juicy and tasty with little to no seasoning, a fresh baseline contrast to the steak itself.
The scallops Khemara, served with mixed greens, scallions, light peanut sauce, and white or brown rice were another amazing dish. Not a single green was bruised or bent, wilted or browned. The sliced plum tomato was a great accompaniment, rich enough for this dish but not visually overwhelming. The scallops were lightly seared and again, perfectly cooked throughout. Like little clouds of the sea whispering in my mouth, telling me to just sit back and enjoy the calm.
Just as great stories can be told over and over again without losing their energy and luster, so can great food be made to relay a passion and a history every time it is served. Bopha has locked in a rich legacy in every dish, and it makes you want to experience them again and again. I cannot wait to travel back to Stir Crazy, and so will you.