There are quite a few Thai restaurants in the Huntington Beach area, but Silk Thai Cuisine is an excellent one in the Newland Center, a charming little strip mall on Beach Boulevard north of Adams Avenue.
Normally, "charming strip mall" would be an oxymoron, but this one is set back from the boulevard and features brick sidewalks, pleasant architecture, tall palm trees and inviting outdoor tables. There, in a mini-restaurant row, Thai Silk is a clean and pleasant family-run restaurant (using no MSG or trans-fats) with food from all four culinary regions of Thailand: North, Northeast (Issan), South and Central. Central dominates here, as it does in most restaurants.
If you've never tried Thai food, you might be surprised to know that it isn't served with chopsticks but with a fork and spoon. The fork is supposed to be used to push food onto the spoon. This Westernized tradition began with King Mongkut, Rama IV, (immortalized in the musical "The King And I"), who reigned from 1851 to 1868 and was taught to eat Western style by an American missionary.