What’s That Wednesday: Chicken Larb from Suwanasak

What’s That Wednesday: Chicken Larb from Suwanasak
The chicken larb dish from Suwanasak Thai Cuisine makes a great appetizer to split.

Chicken larb

811 S. Gammon St.


-Ground chicken with lemongrass
-Lime leaves
-Yellow ginger
-Green onion

Suwanasak is arguably one of Madison’s best places for Thai food, but you’d never know it upon first glance. With its strip mall location on Gammon Road just south of the Beltline and its small and underwhelming interior, this place is easy to miss. But the food is authentic and tasty and worth seeking out if you fancy good pad Thai, curry dishes and larb—a minced meat salad commonly served in Laos and Thailand. The chicken larb dish at Suwanasak is light and flavorful, chock-full of fresh herbs and well-seasoned chicken. Beef and fish larb are also menu options. The portion is large enough to eat as an entrée and still have leftovers, but it makes a great appetizer to share. It’s a refreshing departure from the hearty, filling noodle and rice dishes also common among Southeast Asian cuisine. 

Calling ahead for takeout is your best option to enjoy Suwanasak’s Thai delights. Delivery (through GrubHub) can be slow and dine-in service doesn’t offer much in terms of ambience. 

What’s That Wednesday is a madisonmagazine.com series in which we choose a food or drink item from the Madison area and break it down. Have an idea for a tasty drink or dish we should feature? Email or tweet your idea to @gmedquist using the #WhatsThat hashtag.