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Jan 22, 2013 07:53 AM

Looking for a very specific pad thai in the Toronto Area

So, I'm on a hunt for a very specific type of Pad Thai and I thought you guys might be able to help me out.

This is the menu description of a pad thai from Thunder Bay, Ontario:
Fresh rice noodle, stir fried with tofu and egg in a tangy spice mix. Crushed peanut, lime and green onions are on the side. Served with homemade peanut sauce

I think what make's this pad thai different is the peanut sauce and the spice mix (instead of a ketchup/tamarind sauce).

Can anyone help me? I'm willing to travel around Toronto a bit. Thanks for you help!

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  1. i think you're going to have to be significantly more descriptive. ie. what does it look like, any clue what is in the "spice mix"

    i'm not sure if what you're looking for is saucy or is quite dry and has peanut "sauce" on the side that you mix in. it sounds like it could very well be a person's family version of a stir fried noodle they have at home, in which case you're not likely to find anyone else making it.

    one of the things i'm trying to get at is that i would probably suggest not asking for it by "pad thai" and just thai stir fried noodles as i think you might get lead astray quite quickly.

    4 Replies
    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      Valid point. I copied a link from tripadvisor of what their pad thai looks like. I really don't know what's in the spice mix. The pad thai I'm looking for is more dry, or a very lightly coated sauce. The peanut sauce on the side is really what makes it more saucy, I guess. <a href=" alt="Photos of Thai Kitchen, Thunder Bay" is courtesy of TripAdvisor

      1. re: foodiegirlo1

        Does it have a curry flavour? There are some places that offer a curry pad thai version.

          1. re: foodiegirlo1

            the yellow would have lead me to the same conclusion. it might be worth your while to actually call up the restaurant and find out if there is another name for it.

    2. I'll take, "What is Rama Pad Thai" for a hundred Alex. But I'm just guessing based on your description. Where to find it is another matter.

      1. There are some somewhat tangy commercial pad thai sauces that are jarred, sold near the red curry paste and plum sauce in the grocery store. Maybe that's the spice mix they were using? I used to buy one brand at Safeway in AB, and the pad thai ended up tasting a lot like the somewhat tangy, but not ketchup-based and not tamarind-based, pad thai I first ate in southwestern Ontario.

        I haven't noticed any pad thais around town with a peanut sauce.

        1. Salad King does a pad thai with satay sauce but I'm not sure it is exactly what you are describing.

            1. re: Full tummy

              Truthfully I cannot recall them being either really great or really bad but they are called Siam Noodles and they approximate this photo:

              1. re: Cat123

                Ugh. That looks like something that came out of my cat!

                1. re: Googs

                  ha ha... Pad Thai Upchuck-style?

                  Peanut sauce isn't photogenic.

                  1. re: prima

                    Peanut sauce doesn't look very nice in person, either.