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The Great Pad Thai Search

Once upon a time, I worked at a company that was just down the street from Sukhothai, a place which served Pad Thai of epic deliciousness.

This pad thai had the perfect level of sauce (not a lot), paid proper tribute to peanuts, and had a complex flavour that had half of our company going there at least once a week. I probably averaged three. And even when I no longer worked nearby, I regularly made the 20 minute drive from my new workplace to get takeout. That’s how good it was.

Then, about a year and a half ago, they changed the recipe.

You can’t possibly know how difficult the grieving process has been! First, I can still taste this Pad Thai when I think about it – and each time, I have to remember that I can never have it again.

Second, there are many great things to say about Ottawa, but Pad Thai here is generally a disaster. You can safely order a delicious rice-based dish in most Thai places, but for Pad Thai, ketchupy and nauseating is the norm.

So, after several disastrous experiences, I had a minor panic attack before ordering Pad Thai last night at Royal Thai in the Market. What if I couldn’t eat it? How would I make it through my swing dance class without collapsing in a hungry heap on the floor?

But I manned up and took the risk.

Pictured, via phone camera, are my friend’s Pad Thai (Shrimp)…

…and mine (Chicken).

Both of us ordered “2 stars” on the spice scale, which is Very Hot.

The verdict?

It was delicious. While it’s not quite up to the standards of our old favourite, it’s definitely the best we’ve tried so far.

I actually ate the whole plate.

The empty plate is not pictured, but would you like to look at my pad thai one more time?

… I feel better now.

Have you ever had your heart broken by a disastrous recipe, chef, or menu change?

November 2, 2010   8 Comments

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