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Going to Linda at the Shops at Don Mills- what to order?

elasticwaistband Mar 17, 2011 03:37 PM

Would love to know if anyone has any favourite dishes at thios place. It will be our first time there. Thanks.

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    torontofoodiegirl Mar 18, 2011 09:00 AM

    Love the fish curry hot pot. I should note that it's a mild fish, not a strong fishy flavour at all. Also, the Mieng Kum appetizer is a fantastic explosion of flavours (though it's really not very filling...bear this in mind when figuring out what else to order).

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      Apprentice Mar 18, 2011 03:08 PM

      I always order their Beef Penang. Great texture with the beef; crispy on the outside soft in the middle.

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        junkie Mar 18, 2011 04:32 PM

        Beef Penang - curry breaded crispy beef mmmmm soooo good... nothing like it
        Thai Islamic Noodles - must try

        Those are the best 2 dishes

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          elasticwaistband Mar 20, 2011 10:43 AM

          Thanks for the recommendations. I will be sure to try them when I finally get there - never made it the other night because too many in the group wanted Joey's in the same plaza. Ugh! NEVER going there again. The lettuce chicken wraps had about 3 or 4 pieces of chicken in total, the fish was tasteless and overcooked, the salad was terrible. I could go on and on. I must say though, we had excellent service.

        2. prima Jul 19, 2011 08:29 AM

          Heading to Linda's in the near future. Usually I like to order the panang beef & Thai Islam noodles, but would like to try some lighter and/or less coconut milk-based dishes on the menu.

          Besides the fish curry hot pot and tom yum, what lighter dishes would Chowhounds recommend?

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            torontofoodiegirl Jul 19, 2011 06:47 PM

            I love the fish curry hot pot, but wouldn't call it a light dish.

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              prima Jul 20, 2011 12:49 PM

              Thanks for mentioning that, torontofoodiegirl. Will keep that in mind.

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              estufarian Jul 20, 2011 07:13 AM

              You seem to like the same dishes as me - but in addition, I enjoy the appetiser lettuce wrap (PukHoo) and the Duck Breast in a Red Curry sauce (I know it has coconut milk, but still seems lighter to me than most of the curries).

              Panang Beef is a regular for me, although I occasionally substitute the Basil Beef.

              The Fish Hot Pot is excellent - BUT EAT IT FIRST - I find the fish gets overcooked if left to continue cooking while you enjoy the other dishes.

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                prima Jul 20, 2011 12:47 PM

                Thanks for the comments and recommendations, estufarian.

                Plan to try the PukHoo on my next visit, and mostly likely the Fish Hot Pot and/or Basil Beef, to try something new for a change.

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              bsv Jul 19, 2011 02:55 PM

              I went for lunch last week and have to say compared to salad king I remember from downtown, it was a complete disappointment. My pad thai was tastless and everyone else is my party found their dish either the same way or oily. I do not know how they are for dinner but I would not go back for lunch again.
              I hope you have a better experience then I did.

              1. Charles Yu Jul 19, 2011 05:37 PM

                Totally agree with the Beef Penag recommendation. Greatb taste and texture.To that, I would like to suggest the ' house special, non-ketchup' Pad Thai. The Yellow curry roasted duck breast was pretty good too. Finally, the owner recommended a 'white/Golden curry' to us which was pretty solid.

                 
                 
                 
                 
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                  prima Jul 21, 2011 01:44 PM

                  Thanks Charles. Thanks for including photos, too. Haven't tried Linda's Golden Curry or Yellow Curry Duck, so either one of those might be worth a try.

                  About 2 weeks into a diet- and I'll already be cheating a little with the Panang or Curry, so unfortunately, no Pad Thai or Thai Islamic Noodles for this Chowhound tonight.

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                    girlstar Jul 21, 2011 02:56 PM

                    I usually eat the Thai Islamic Noodle at Salad King (not on the official menu but always available) so when it's the same item on the menu at Linda I usually pass. I'm not sure how they can change it at Linda. We also love the curry fish hot pot, smoked duck, beef panang and the coconut fried rice (in a coconut!)

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                      prima Jul 21, 2011 06:24 PM

                      Thanks, girlstar. The Thai Islamic Noodle at Linda seems a little more complex spice and creamier than the version at Salad King, and the shrimp are bigger.

                      We weren't in the mood for beef, duck or finfish tonight, so we tried the PukHoo,Chicken Panang, Golden Curry Tofu, Basil Noodles with shrimp.

                      Liked the PukHoo, and will order those again. The Chicken Panang sauce seemed to be more coconut-milk, and less peanut, than the Beef Panang I remember from the old location, but I'm not sure if the balance between coconut milk and peanut varies depending on who is cooking. Liked the current version, but I'll probably order it with beef or shrimp next time I visit. Found the Golden Curry a little too sweet for me.

                      Will have to try that coconut fried rice one of these days. ;-)

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                        prima Oct 26, 2011 02:00 PM

                        Returned for lunch today. Tried the Mieng Kum appetizer, wrapping dried shrimp, lime, coconut, onions,chilies and a sweet chili sauce in Betel leaf. Really enjoyed the flavours, will definitely order than again. Shared the green curry chicken, golden tofu and basil noodles with chicken. Also tried the baked coconut sticky rice with crushed peanuts and coconut, which was a nice light way to end our meal. Was happy with everything we ordered, and the service was attentive, friendly & professional.

                        Noticed the pumpkin soup I love is being offered as an October feature.

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                          JennaBean Oct 27, 2011 08:11 AM

                          We had the Golden Curry Tofu at a level 5 for spice and for me it was prefect sweet/hot dish. Not sure what your heat pref is but if you bring it up a wee bit it may make it more balanced for you.

                          We also had the scallops in red curry last time and we found them a bit sandy for lack of a better way to explain.

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