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Dublin’s Thai Basil Express, located in the Ulferts Center, is the sister restaurant to the college student–favored Thai Basil in Berkeley. The menu hangs on the wall, fast-food style, and the kitchen serves up quick, traditional dishes that diners can take to go or enjoy at the tables beneath praying Buddhist goddess sculptures. The papaya salad and fresh ginger pork will meet reasonable expectations, but for something a little different, try the kway taw rae (houseboat noodle). Thin rice noodles, beef broth, sliced beef, and beef meatballs give this soup a slightly Vietnamese character, but it boasts its own unique blend of spices. Our dessert was bland black sticky rice with coconut milk. Lunch and dinner daily.
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