Photos by Jun Tsuboike, Words by Lindsay Smith
One of the beautiful things about being a Boston University student is that you don’t even need to leave campus to eat delicious food! Sure, the dining hall food is good, but I’m talking about eating out. BU’s open, urban campus allows for so many small-scale eateries to sneak their way in. One of them is Nud Pob, a small Thai café that’s located right on Commonwealth Ave., next to Pavement Coffeehouse and about a three-minute walk from the George Sherman Union.
The thing I love most about Thai food is how light, yet filling the food is. You can eat a lot of it without feeling really bloated or stuffed afterwards. Nud Pob pulls off simple eating, a valued pastime of mine, quite well. That’s what I was feeling when I walked in for some sustenance while I was taking a break from lab work. Dining hall food just wasn’t going to cut it, so I decided to treat myself.
As usual, I kept it simple and ordered chicken lo mein. This place is very friendly to the college-student wallet while serving you pretty generous portions of fresh Thai food. My meal was made to order and came out fairly quickly. I was presented with a steaming plate, holding a generously large mound of egg noodles with succulent goodies mixed in. The best part for me was the mix of the sweet and zesty teriyaki sauce and crunchy veggies, though the sautéed chicken was cooked perfectly as well. Nud Pob kept it simple with this dish but in no way skimped on ingredients. My lo mein was stuffed with chicken, snow peas, carrots, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, scallions, and bean sprouts. There was so much food on my plate that it took me a long time to finish it—which says something about the portion sizes here.
I went for one of the more basic options on the menu, but there are menu alternatives that are much more intriguing and taste bud-tantalizing. My friend went for the teriyaki tofu dish, which featured marinated tofu piled high over rice. The rice was fried with veggies and the tofu was served as large, slightly breaded cubes. Someone nearby was eating a huge bowl of brothy, noodly goodness that was the beef Tom Yum Noodle Soup, which is a flavor-packed variation of a hot and sour soup filled with plenty of mushrooms, scallions, and cilantro. There’s just something about eating meats that are in a hot, rich, savory broth that makes then a thousand times more melt-in-your mouth and tender than they would be by themselves. A Thai restaurant, with all of its spices and unique flavors, is the place to get the most delectable version of that experience.
If you want to just stop by for a snack in between classes, Nud Pob offers an array of appetizers as well. Another patron was chowing down on spring rolls, which were cooked to a crispy perfection, stuffed with colorful veggies, and served with a side of gooey, thick, sweet chili sauce. Nud Pob offers many small-scale snack dishes, and there is also some light fare such as juice mango served with sticky rice and creamy coconut milk. I think every so often, all Comm. Ave. residents should come here to try something as a simple snack that they would never eat otherwise. Think about it: in between classes one day, would you rather break open a bag of chips or order something like a small portion of veggie dumplings or curried pineapple?! Your taste buds need some excitement every once in a while, and the timeliness of service and the location of Nud Pob make it easy to do for even the busiest of students. So stop by in between classes for an out-of-the-ordinary snack or come by for a quick lunch or dinner. You definitely won’t regret it!
Nud Pob is a humble little hidden gem on campus that deserves some recognition. The menu is quite extensive with tons of different options including soups, appetizers, noodles, curries, rice, salads, meat, seafood, specials and combos, and side orders as well. For such a small restaurant, the menu and the variety within it are very impressive. The food is delectable, fresh, unique, and oh-so-flavorful. The prices are cheap, the staff’s friendly, and the location and structure of the restaurant make it a really comfortable and low-key student hang out spot. I’ll guarantee it’ll become one of your favorite places to go on campus.
738 Commonwealth Avenue
Monday-Friday 11:30 am-11:00pm; weekends noon-11:00 pm
*Nud Pob now offers delivery, which is convenient for long study nights or the cold winter months to come. Enjoy!