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Evelina absolutely loves Thai food. Wesley not so much. So, when Wesley casually mentioned Thai food as an option for dinner, Evelina jumped on it.

For this special night, we went to the Thai Paradise on Las Tunas in San Gabriel.

We ordered a lot of food for two people, but tonight Wesley was in the mood. First to come was the popular Pad Thai with Seafood ($10.95). We absolutely enjoyed these rice noodles. It was tangy and not too sour (being too sour is one of our biggest Pad Thai complaints); the taste buds were not overwhelmed. The seafood, which included, shrimp, calamari, and imitation crab meat, were cooked just right. We really enjoyed the springy shrimp.

Next came the Stripe Bass Pae-Sa ($17.95). It arrived on a very cool fish shaped pan under a little fire with a bowl of sour and spicy soup on the side. The waitress poured half of the soup into the pan, and it instantly came to a boil. After we finished our portion of the pad thai, we had the fish, which was lightly fried and still crispy even though it has been in the soup. We happily realized with our first bite that the fish wasn't fishy (a sign that it still has some freshness). The soup was also great; it was packed with heat not only from the chili but from the heat of the fire. Served right away, the soup was great with the fish. When we got to the end, though, the soup just became too sour. Still, it was a great dish.

Though this is the appetizer, the Stuff Chicken Wings (usually known as Angel Wings) ($7.95) came out last. The fried chicken was stuff with glass noodles, carrots, and some other vegetables that were pulled together by minced chicken. Wesley thought the bread fried exterior and stuffed meat was very tasty. Evelina thought the stuff chicken was a tad dry, but the sweet and sour sauce made up for it.

We were stuffed at the end of the meal (we finished everything), but Evelina just had to order dessert. We ordered the Mango Sticky Rice ($5.50). The sticky rice and coconut sauce was delicious and not too sweet. Instead, the sweetness came from the perfectly ripe mangoes. The mango sticky rice was a great way to end a dinner full of flavors.

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Thai Paradise
909 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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