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Looking for a very specific pad thai in the Toronto Area

foodiegirlo1 Jan 22, 2013 07:53 AM

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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    Pincus Jan 31, 2013 07:38 AM

    Thai Fusion (up at Coxwell and O'Connor-ish) has a Street Style Pad Thai. Same with Mengrai Thai. Both have no tamarind-based sauces, but also no peanut sauce.

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    1. re: Pincus
      Googs Jan 31, 2013 10:30 AM

      Peanut sauce could be ordered on the side and then, when no one is looking, upturned on the dish.

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      dory Jan 23, 2013 11:03 AM

      If you'd be willing to head north to Newmarket, the Pad Thai served at Cambodian Noodle King does not contain ketchup (or any other tomato based product). It's quite dry, and a bit spicy. Maybe you could call and ask them, it's a family run restaurant and they are very friendly and helpful. Because of a tomato allergy its one of the very few places I can eat Pad Thai so I can't really compare it to any others. But it is probably worth a phone call.

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      1. re: dory
        foodiegirlo1 Jan 23, 2013 11:23 AM

        Thanks I'll look into this one!

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        5andman Jan 22, 2013 06:40 PM

        Try Thai Delite, on Queensway (east of Parklawn) it sounds similar, whether it tastes similar -- fingers-crossed.

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        1. re: 5andman
          foodiegirlo1 Jan 23, 2013 11:23 AM

          I'll also look into this one, thanks!

          1. re: 5andman
            Food Tourist Feb 8, 2013 09:55 AM

            Does that place even serve real Thai food?

          2. Full tummy Jan 22, 2013 10:42 AM

            What does it taste like?

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            1. re: Full tummy
              Cat123 Jan 22, 2013 11:01 AM

              Truthfully I cannot recall them being either really great or really bad but they are called Siam Noodles and they approximate this photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeko/80...

              1. re: Cat123
                Googs Jan 22, 2013 11:17 AM

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

                1. re: Googs
                  prima Jan 22, 2013 12:13 PM

                  ha ha... Pad Thai Upchuck-style?

                  Peanut sauce isn't photogenic.

                  1. re: prima
                    Pincus Jan 22, 2013 12:40 PM

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

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              Cat123 Jan 22, 2013 10:23 AM

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

              1. prima Jan 22, 2013 09:12 AM

                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. Googs Jan 22, 2013 08:48 AM

                  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. pinstripeprincess Jan 22, 2013 08:22 AM

                    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.

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                    1. re: pinstripeprincess
                      foodiegirlo1 Jan 22, 2013 09:44 AM

                      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="http://www.tripadvisor.ca/LocationPho... alt="Photos of Thai Kitchen, Thunder Bay" is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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                        Full tummy Jan 22, 2013 12:13 PM

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

                        1. re: Full tummy
                          foodiegirlo1 Jan 22, 2013 12:47 PM

                          Nope, definitely not a curry flavour

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                            pinstripeprincess Jan 22, 2013 03:29 PM

                            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.

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