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linus Aug 2, 2012 10:56 AM

folks:

i'm wondering about taking a vegetarian to one of the better places in thai town (crispy pork gang, pailin, pa ord, sapp, ruen pair, etc.).

outside of making a special request from the server/ktichen, can i get vegetarian (no shrimp paste, probably no fish sauce) items by ordering off the menu?
anyone have experience with this?

thanks.

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  1. Servorg RE: linus Aug 2, 2012 11:02 AM

    You might just be better off in biting the (non) meat bullet and going to http://www.bulanthai.com/site/ for your friends sake.

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      linus RE: Servorg Aug 2, 2012 11:05 AM

      sadly, i'm not that nice a person.
      if no one comes up with anything, i'll choose a different cuisine.

    2. TonyC RE: linus Aug 2, 2012 02:01 PM

      There is a veggie Thai joint that's serving "Issan" food... Except they don't open for dinner:
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/esaan-a-taste...

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        PandanExpress RE: linus Aug 3, 2012 03:38 PM

        > outside of making a special request from the server/ktichen, can i get vegetarian (no shrimp paste, probably no fish sauce) items by ordering off the menu?

        Not unless you order mango sticky rice. Most savory things off of a Thai menu will have shrimp paste, fish sauce, dried shrimp, or all of the above.

        My husband sometimes goes to Thai town with me and he's vegan. We've had luck at both sapp, and Jitlada just asking the server/kitchen to leave off the fish sauce, shrimp paste, etc. I know at the Monterey Park Pa Ord, they were able to make fried rice noodles vegetarian without any problems.

        If you want something safe, fried noodles will probably be easier to vegetarianize than something like a curry which may already have the animal products in the seasoning.

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          linus RE: PandanExpress Aug 3, 2012 04:40 PM

          thank you. seems like it wouldn't taste much like thai food, or the thai food i recognize.

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          Galen RE: linus Aug 3, 2012 05:21 PM

          I like Lotus Vegan a vegan restaurant in N. Hollywood. I'm a meat eater but love the food there.
          http://www.lotusvegan.com/

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            JThur01 RE: linus Aug 3, 2012 10:09 PM

            Sanamluang has "Vegetarian" noodles with tofu, mushrooms and veggies...and it seemed as pure veggie as anything I've ever had.

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