Posts Tagged With: Thai

Sabai Sabai (Part II)

My friends and I came here for a late night snack. Neither of my friends had eaten here before. The servers were just as courteous and friendly as the last time I ate here. Due to the fact that it was Valentine’s Day, they had a specials menu along with the regular menu. We ordered from their specials menu. We had the spicy coconut noodles aka mee kati ($8), spicy lao sausage ($10) and the golden chicken ($5).

One friend listened to my recommendation and ordered the Thai iced milk tea ($4, right side of picture) while another friend got the Thai iced lemon tea ($4, left side of picture). I decided to satisfy my curiosity from last time and ordered the Thai Long Island ($9, center of picture). My friend thought that the Thai iced lemon tea was abit too lemony and it overpowered the taste of the Thai iced tea while the Thai Long Island was nice in that the lemon wasn’t overpowering the Thai iced tea.

The spicy coconut noodles aka mee kati is thin rice noodles on banana leaves that’s stir fried in a spicy coconut milk sauce with ground chicken, bean sprouts, green onions and garnished with egg threads, a hot pepper ring and a lime wedge. It was scrumptious with a nice spicy kick to it. Although it looks like it’s a small portion it was surprisingly big.

The spicy lao sausage is pork belly sausage that’s seasoned with lemongrass, galangal, lime leaf and shallots. It comes with a sweet and sour chili dipping sauce. It was delicious.

The Golden Chicken is corn, green onions, minced chicken in a special sauce that’s reminiscent to spicy BBQ sauce on a crispy cracker on top of crispy shredded noodles. My friend said that the tapas dish reminded him of a Lays BBQ chip.
Next time I come here, I’m interested in trying one of their salads and their lunch menu.

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Sabai Sabai

My friend and I decided to have a late dinner at Sabai Sabai. It’s a Thai tapas restaurant on Church near Eaton Center. In a sense, Sabai Sabai is a sister restaurant to Khao San Road Restaurant and Sukhothai Restaurant. It’s on the pricier side while the portions are small but not too small. My friend and I got the crispy fried taro roll ($9.5), crispy fried fish ($9) and red flamed stir-fried morning glory ($9). My friend got the Thai Milk Iced Tea ($4) while I got the Sailor’s Delight ($8).

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The 5 crispy fried taro roll is accompanied by a sweet and sour chili dip and garnished with a cilantro. It’s quite filling since the roll is basically stuffed to the brim with taro.

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The 4 pieces of crispy fried fish has a sweet and tangy tamarind reduction sauce poured on top of it. It was scrumptious.

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The stir-fried morning glory consists of pak boong also known as water spinach which is also known as on choy at Chinese supermarkets which is stir fried with garlic and chili. It strongly reminded me of the chinese vegetable dishes at Chinese restaurants.

Left: Sailors Delight Right: Thai Iced Milk Tea

Left: Sailors Delight
Right: Thai Iced Milk Tea

Sabai Sabai offers Thai Iced Tea in a milk version and a lemon version. My friend got the milk version and enjoyed it immensely. I was intrigued by their cocktails that incorporated Thai Iced Tea. The Sailor’s Delight is comprised of Thai Iced Tea and Sailor Jerry’s Rum. I couldn’t taste the alcohol but I can feel the buzz.

The next time I eat here, I want to try the pork skewers (which take 15-20 min. to make fresh), the Thai Long Island and the Thai Iced Lemon Tea. If you want to eat Thai food tapas style then this restaurant is for you.

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Top Saigon

This past Sunday my friends and I went to Top Saigon at the Finch-Leslie Plaza for lunch. The decor reminds me of a Hong Kong style cafe and the lighting is quite bright. My friend said that it was a Thai-Viet restaurant but to me it had a more Chinese or Hong Kong cafe feel to it. Most of my friends ordered a curry dish. Their curry options include curry lamb and curry duck.

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I had a small Curry Chicken Noodles in Soup ($6.25). The dish is potatoes, chicken and noodles in a curry soup broth with onions as garnishing. The curry is really good although I would have preferred the chicken to be deboned. Their quality of potatoes could be better but their chicken is quite good. The portions are quite large since I wasn’t able to finish the small portion. Overall, this is a good restaurant to try if you’re in the area and craving curry.

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Salad King

My university friends and I went to Salad King this past Thursday for dinner. We hadn’t seen each other in a while and it’s the holiday season. The decor is quite modern with some Thai art accents. It’s also much more brightly lit compared to Linda Modern Thai, their sister restaurant at Shops at Don Mills in North York. Their service is fairly prompt and nice. My friends got the Golden Curry with Chicken on Rice ($8.75) while I had the Panang Curry with Beef on Rice ($8.75) and Thai Iced Tea ($2.75).

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The Golden Curry with Chicken has bell pepper, broccoli, carrot, chicken, mushroom, onion and bay leaf in Thai yellow curry with coconut milk, palm sugar, tamarind and Thai herbs. It’s served with steam rice on the side in a pyramid shape. My friends had the curry with 1 chili so it was mildly spicy. Both of my friends didn’t find it very spicy; They thought it was faintly spicy however they still enjoyed it immensely.

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The Panang Curry with Beef has Sweet Asian basil, beef, bell pepper, lime leaf and peanuts in Panang curry with coconut milk. It’s served with steam rice on the side in a pyramid shape. I had the curry with 5 chilies and while it was spicy, it wasn’t as spicy as I expected it to be and it wasn’t as spicy as I would have liked it to be. Overall, it was still quite delicious.

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The Thai Iced Tea is quite authentic. It tasted like the Thai Iced Tea I had at the MBK Centre food court in Bangkok. Thai Iced Tea is black tea with condensed milk and spices served over ice.

Overall, I recommend this restaurant if you’re around Eaton Center and looking for a delicious cheap place to eat or if you’re in the area and craving Thai food that’s cheap and delicious.

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Summerlicious: Linda Modern Thai

An elementary school friend and I met for dinner on Wednesday in July to catch up. She wanted to eat Thai food and so we went to Linda Modern Thai. I’ve been to this restaurant before. My first experience was when it was still in downtown Toronto. It’s now located at Shops at Don Mills. The decor is alright. We went during Summerlicious so we had their Summerlicious menu (choose 1 appetizer, 1 soup/salad, 1 main and 1 dessert from a set list) which meant dinner was $25+tax+tip.

Mieng Kum

Mieng Kum

My friend and I had to split the Mieng Kum appetizer because of the restaurant’s Summerlicious policy. Mieng Kum is peanut, dried shrimp, shallot, lime, chili, shredded coconut and sweet  chili sauce wrapped in a betel leaf. I love this appetizer and I have yet to find anything similar at any other Thai restaurant in Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo. I usually order this appetizer when I go eat at Linda’s with friends or family friends.

Mango Salad

Mango Salad

Coconut Milk Soup

Chicken Coconut Milk Soup

I had the Chicken Coconut Milk Soup while my friend ordered mango salad. The chicken coconut milk soup has chicken breast, mushrooms, lemongrass, lemon leaf, galangal, chili paste, coconut milk and seafood stock. I enjoyed it although it was more sour than spicy. The mango salad has mango, peanut, cabbage, tamotoes, basil, fish sauce, lime juice and mango salad dressing.

Top: Crispy Beef Bottom: Fried Chicken

Top: Crispy Beef
Bottom: Fried Chicken

My friend ordered the Crispy Beef while I ordered the Fried Chicken. My friend didn’t like the Crispy Beef cause the sauce was too rich so we swapped mains. I really liked the Crispy Beef. The Crispy Beef is in a coconut milk and peanut based Penang curry with pieces of crispy beef, bell peppers, Asian basil and lime leaf. It comes with a bowl of rice. The Fried Chicken is half a fried chicken with peanut mustard sauce, cucumber slices and cabbage. I liked the combination of the fried chicken with the peanut mustard sauce. The peanut mustard sauce has a spicy kick to it, almost like wasabi and it went really well with the fried chicken. The cucumber slices and cabbage would help out if you find the kick too overwhelming.

Deep Fried Banana with Honey

Deep Fried Banana with Honey

Papaya Ice Cream

Papaya Ice Cream

For dessert I had papaya ice cream while my friend had the Deep Fried Banana with Honey. My friend liked the deep fried banana with honey. I never had papaya ice cream before and it’s quite refreshing and tasty.

Overall, if you’re at Linda’s I recommend Mieng Kum as an appetizer and Crispy Beef and/or Fried Chicken for a main.

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Khao San Road Restaurant

A friend of mine recommended this restaurant to me. At first I thought my friend was in Thailand when I first saw him posting on Facebook saying that he was at Khao San Road. I thought it slightly strange that he was in Bangkok for a day. Khao San Road is the most touristy area in Bangkok. It becomes almost like a night market at night. There’s alot of restaurants and shops on that road. The street food includes pad thai and shawarma. You could get fake ID there too. The restaurant in Toronto is quite small and it doesn’t take reservations so you could wait for awhile for a table. I’ve been there twice already with two different friends. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long the two times I’ve been there.

The first time I went there, my friend and I split an appetizer and each ordered our own main dish. My friend and I split the Gra Bong ($10). My friend ordered Gaeng Kaew Wan ($13) while I ordered medium spicy Chef Special Pad Thai ($15). I also had Cha Nom Yen ($4.5).

Gra Bong

Gra Bong

Gra Bong is squash fritters with wild ginger, lemongrass and red curry sauce. It reminded me slightly of bird’s nest however it tastes quite good.

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Gaeng Kaew Wan

Gaeng Kaew Wan is green curry with bamboo shoots, green peppers, Thai basil, kaffir lime leaves and rice.

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Chef Special Pad Thai

Chef Special Pad Thai is stir-fried rice noodles with egg, tofu, beansprouts, chives, tamarind sauce, roasted peanuts, dried chili, and lime juice. I enjoyed it. The medium spicy level was ok for me, I didn’t find it too spicy.

Cha Nom Yen

Cha Nom Yen

Cha Nom Yen is Thai Iced Tea. It’s just as authentic as the ones I had in Bangkok.

The second time I went there, my friend and I ordered our own main dish. My friend had the medium spicy Street Style Pad Thai ($14) while I had the weekly special, Gai Pad King ($13) with a spicy level of Thai spicy. We both ordered Cha Nom Yen.

Street Style Pad Thai

Street Style Pad Thai

Street Style Pad Thai is stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp, egg, tofu, beansprouts, chives, and tamarind sauce. My friend found the medium spicy Street Style Pad Thai to be slightly too spicy for her so the dish wasn’t as enjoyable for her as it was for me.

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I found the Thai spicy Gai Pad King to be too spicy for me so it wasn’t enjoyable for me compared to my first experience.

Overall, Khao San Road Restaurant is quite an authentic restaurant and I recommend it if you’re in downtown Toronto and in the mood for Thai food.

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Where to eat in Toronto/GTA

Here’s a list of restaurants I love going to in Toronto (Downtown Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Markham/Richmond Hill).

Chinese Restaurants

-Asian Legend

-Congee Wong

-Congee Queen

-Congee Time

-Phoenix Restaurant

-Diamond Banquet Hall

-Sun Star Chinese Cuisine

-Da Ya Li

-Federick Restaurant

-Sam BBQ Restaurant

-Made in China

-Keung’s Delight

-Kenny’s Delight

-Kiko

 

Korean Restaurants

-Oh Geul Boh Geul

-Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu

-Owl of Minerva

-Korean Grill House

-Hodo Kwaja

-Tofu Village

-Jeon Ju Hyang Korean BBQ Restaurant

-Chako

-Lim Ga Ne

-Huh Ga Ne

 

Japanese Restaurants

-Ten-Ichi Japanese Cuisine

-Sapporo Sushi

-Gal’s Sushi

-Manpuku

-Kenzo Ramen

-Don Don Izakaya

-Sushi Legend (all you can eat restaurant at Finch-Leslie Plaza)

-Spring Sushi (a la carte and all you can eat restaurant at Yonge-Dundas Square)

-Tatami Sushi (all you can eat restaurant at Eglington Town Center)

 

Thai Viet Restaurants

-Pho 88

-Linda Modern Thai

-Khao San Road Restaurant

-Thai Fusion

-Spring Roll

-Golden Elephant

-Bahn Mi Boyz

-Salad King

 

Malaysian, Indonesian, Singaporean

-Restoran Malaysia

-Gourmet Malaysia

-Lion City Restaurant

-one2snacks

 

Indian

-Nilgris

 

Middle Eastern 

-Armenian Kitchen

-Banu

-Jerusalem Restaurant (all you can eat and take-out restaurant)

Greek 

-Arkadia House

 

Ethiopian

-Ethiopian House

-Nazareth Restaurant

 

Dessert Places

-Caffe Demetre

-Pixel 8

-Summer’s Ice Cream

-Cafe Bene

-Chatime

 

High Tea

-Ruelo Patisserie

Windsor Arms

 

 

Western

-The Grilled Cheese

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