When it comes to flavour profiles, Thai cuisine as exotic as it is, needs no introduction. Every dish requires the careful balance of at least two major flavours to taste right. Think sweet, sour, spicy, and savoury. Bai Bua Thai is a solid Thai restaurant with something for everyone. This family run establishment that mainly specializes in Bangkok Street – freshly prepared, simple, and quick!
Bob, Barb, and I were feeling famished after our mug workshop on Hastings, so we headed down to one of their favourite go-to Thai restaurants for a quick bite. The good thing about this place is that their lunch specials are offered every day, including weekends. You can check out their lunch special menu here.
It’s a fairly standard sized restaurant with ample seating to cater enough hungry patrons.
Their lunch special includes either shrimp crackers or crispy fried wontons with a side of fruit.
Pad Thai Goong ($9.90)Thin rice noodles in tamarind sauce, tofu, salted radish, egg, chive, bean sprouts and ground peanut. Goong simply means ‘tiger prawn’ in Thai. Our food was pumped out really fast, which was good since I was pretty pressed on time that day! I should be more adventurous when it comes to Thai cuisine, but I can’t help ordering myself a plate of pad thai every time. I quite enjoyed my pad thai and the use of tamarind sauce made this dish as authentic as it gets! I loved the balance between sweet, savoury, and tangy . The texture of the noodles and amount of sauce was perfect! There’s nothing worse than a place of wet noodles.
Khao Soi Gai ($10.90) Chicken Curry Noodle: Egg noodles, sliced chicken breast, northern thai style curry sauce, topped with crispy egg noodle, green onion, coriander, served with pickled cabbage, red onion, lime, and chili oil. Bob usually orders their green curry but decided to change it up and order noodles! The broth was very flavourful and not as heavy and creamy as I had anticipated. The portion size was huge!
Pad Thai Gai (Chicken) or Tofu ($8.90). Same ingredients as my dish and it’s slightly cheaper if you opt for chicken or tofu with your pad thai. Barb usually gets their Pad Sew Ew (stir fried soy sauce noodles) but I guess she’s had it quite a handful of times to go with pad thai! She also enjoyed her pad thai 🙂
You guys know I love supporting local family restaurants so I’ll definitely keep a mental note of this place if I’m ever in the area again.
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1-2443 E Hastings St