Lotus Thai – Pad Thai

Good morning! I am a couple of days behind in posting, mostly because I haven’t been cooking at all the last couple of days. Thursday I was so utterly exhausted for some reason, so we went out for dinner. In fact, I almost took a NAP when I got home from work (which is completely unheard of for me – I just do not nap – Ever.), but then changed my mind after laying down for a few minutes. I think this week I was hit hard by my usual Winter Exhaustion. :( Very sad. And the fact that this weekend Daylight Savings Time ends will only make it worse. Boo. I have no energy in the winter.

So Thursday the husband and I went to Lotus Thai, a nearby Thai restaurant that Tom has been to a few times, but I had never been to. I am so NOT an expert on Thai cuisine, so I went with a ‘safe’ choice – Pad Thai. This was the dinner portion and it was huge. I barely ate half! This was their menu description, "Original famous Thai-style noodle with tofu, egg, bean sprout, green onion, and preserved radish topped with ground peanuts." Here is a Wikipedia description of what Pad Thai is, if you’re unfamiliar, "…a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chilli pepper, plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, garnished with crushed peanuts, coriander and lime." This was quite tasty – a bit too oily for me though. I wish there were more (any?) veggies, but I guess it is a noodle dish. I ordered tofu as my protein, and it was very tasty – a great texture. All in all, this was really good, but I could only eat so much because it just seemed monotonous after a while – do you know what I mean? I wanted varied flavors and textures, but one plate of noodles was a little intense after a while. But I guess that is what I get for ordering a plate of noodles!

Tom ordered the Kauy teow pad kee mow, or "drunken noodles," which the menu described as "stir-fried rice noodles with choice of ground beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp, chili, garlic, bell pepper and basil." Tom opted for the shrimp. These were good – not quite as good as my Pad Thai though.

All in all, Lotus Thai was good. It was in a strip mall, and for some reason I have this preconceived notion that strip mall food has an unpleasant ambiance and it usually not very good – but I was wrong. The atmosphere here was alright, a little quiet, just a few other diners, but it was nice inside and the service was good. I would go back again, but I would order a more veggie-based dish!

Lotus Thai: Lotus Thai on Urbanspoon

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