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Jan 2, 2009 11:46 AM

Halifax - In search of pad thai

I am in search of Halifax's best spring rolls, pad thai and hot sour soup for an upcoming magazine article. Any fellow chowhounder assistance would be appreciated. I was recently at Talay Thai for spring rolls - had both fresh and fried - were okay but lacked that a little flavour (duck curry on other hand was delicious - seconded by my food loving four year old). Diddo for Gingergrass across the street, spring rolls were okay but lacked a little flavour. I liked Pad Thai from Gingergrass but again a little lacking in a je ne sais quoi and also in fire (although the owner advised me that next time to ask for Asian spicy rather than North American spicy). I count on China Classic for much of my Chinese takeout but their hot sour isn't top notch - I used to love Vietnames rendition made by the former restaurant located at the current Gingergrass location but haven't found the Gingergrass version to live up to the old restaurant's but apparently their coconut milk soup is awesome.

Admittedly, I have a soft spot for Baan Thai as instead of having my wedding at a banquet facility, restaurant or catered by a traditional company, my wife and I decided to order in Baan Thai and serve copious amounts of Clare Valley Riesling at our wedding. Any assistance on best place to get spring rolls, pad thai and hot and sour in the city would be appreciated.

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  1. I had the Pad Thai at ChaBaa a few weeks ago and it was good, though I didn't find it particularly spicy, which is unusual for there -- maybe that is optional. To be honest, the rest of their food is so good that I would never order Pad Thai there again, not because it is bad, but because the rest of their things are so good and I am not a huge fan of noodles.

    I cannot speak to their hot and sour but their cucumber soup is outstanding. And their spring rolls are very good as well.

    1. Is the Oriental still in business?

      When I went to Dal in the '70's a Korean classmate and I would make the trek from campus down to North or Young Street for bowls of their hot and sour soup.

      Significantly better than the "student priced" mixmaster bowls of won ton from Robie Foods.....I can almost feel my jaws starting to buzz from the MSG as I type [smile]

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      1. re: Bob Mac

        Memories of my childhood...I grew up in the 70s/80s on Brussels Street...a couple blocks away from the Oriental. It was the best "cheap" North American style Chinese in town. Unfortunately, it closed 3 or 4 years ago and the space now occupied by a pasta place which I haven't been to...opened by same chef as Vines in Dartmouth. I forgot about definitely has great pad thai and spring rolls...will check it out again

      2. ...decided to order in Baan Thai and serve copious amounts of Clare Valley Riesling...

        sounds like a very "good plan"...nice tangy, spicey Thai fare with a tart, lemon and lime riesling

        1. I've had the Thai inspired lunch menu at Fid many times and suggest you try Dennis'fresh spring rollsand pad thai.If memory seves me correctly the lunch menu costs around $14for both appetizer and main course which is amazingly economical.Fid's pad thai is the best in the city and the spring rolls with warm peanut sauce are so delicious I have occassionally dreamed of them!

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          1. re: GoodtotheLastDrop

            I couldn't agree more. The Fid pad thai is excellent! The coconut galangal soup is wonderful too.