Over the years, Chada Thai has won several awards in the Tri-Cities for their delicious Thai dishes. Recently, the restaurant underwent change in ownership due to the passing of the previous owner. The father of the owner took over the business and tried his best to manage the restaurant for as long as possible but in the end it got sold to a Thai lady who now runs the restaurant. Apparently, the previous owner was a Caucasian man who had a strong passion for Thai cuisine.
On a weekly basis, I meet up with the boyfriend and his family for dinner. Sometimes it feels like we’re on a double date when it’s just the four of us 😛 My boyfriend initially wanted to go out for Taiwanese food but got vetoed so we ended up here for dinner on Canada Day! The boyfriend’s mom knows I like taking pictures of food so I get to finally blog on our eating adventures !
Shrimp cakes ($7.99) For the price, it usually comes with three pieces, but we requested to add one more into the order so that the four of us could each sample one at an extra cost. With the change in management, the owner is also working on revamping the entire menu. The shrimp cakes appetizer is a new addition to the new menu that isn’t readily available to the public yet. My boyfriend’s family said they tasted quite authentic – similar to the deep fried fish cakes they had back in Thailand on their last trip. The shrimp cakes had a nice texture to them and tasted delicious with the sweet chili sauce.
Papaya Salad ($12.99) Shredded green papaya, carrots, tomatoes, peanuts, chili tossed in fresh lime juice with sticky rice, and chicken satay. We requested this dish to be medium spicy. Papaya is normally hand-sliced into uneven strips and pounded to soften the texture rather than being shredded to prevent it from being mushy. The salad was pretty standard, did not really taste as spicy as I had hoped. Chicken satays were a little bit dry. Some peanut sauce would have helped.
Sticky rice is nicely plated in the corner of the papaya salad. It had the perfect amount of sweetness from the coconut milk mixture. I could have easily eaten this whole thing myself!
Pad Thai ($14.99)Pan-fried rice noodles in fresh tamarind sauce with chicken, prawn, egg, tofu, green onion, bean sprouts topped with grounded peanuts in medium spice. I was really excited to try the new owner’s version of pad thai. However, I was quite disappointed with this one as the noodles were overcooked and soggy. They were probably over soaked in the hot water prior to being pan fried with the tamarind sauce The flavour was quite subtle as I was looking for a more complex, balanced flavour between sweet, sour, spicy. The medium level spice was just an overload of chili peppers- way too spicy! I know I asked for medium, but the amount spiciness in the papaya was nothing compared to the level of spiciness in this one! I would probably ask for mild next time.
Green Curry ($14.99) Choice of chicken, beef, tofu, or prawn (+$2.00)with bell peppers, eggplant, and basil. This was my boyfriend’s dish! Portion was a little bit small but other than that I thought the curry was nicely executed. Personally, I prefer Bob Likes Thai Food’s green curry more.
Seafood Plate ($22.99) A combination of grilled prawns, squid, mussels, scallops in thick Thai sweet red curry, served with sautéed mixed vegetables. My boyfriend’s parents shared this plate with an extra bowl of rice. Boyfriend’s mom said she could really taste the use of fish sauce which she liked.
Despite the disappointing pad thai, Chada Thai is still a solid choice when it comes to Thai cuisine in the Tri-Cities area. Can’t wait to come back and try their new dishes once they get the new menu running 🙂
107-2991 Lougheed Highway
Price: $$ (20-50)