Thai Basil – Lunch with Genuine Thai Flavours

I quite enjoy the exotic flavours of Thai cuisine, and I’m always curious about how authentic the Thai restaurants are in Vancouver.   There are only a few good Thai places where I really enjoy the food, such as U&I Thai in South Cambie and Ban Chok Dee in Langley.  But I always suspect that there are a lot more great places out there. As I don’t have any close Thai friends, I honestly don’t know where Thai folks in the city go for Thai food. That’s why I was super excited when my date, who was also Thai,  recommended Thai Basil in Kitsilano for our lunch date.

Thai Basil isn’t a strange name to me as I passed by their Davie location many times, but I’ve never had a chance to try their food. Their Kitsilano location is much bigger and seats about 20 – 25 people.  I was impressed with how clean, bright and spacious the place was with their open kitchen.

Thai Basil on West Broadway

Thai Basil on West Broadway

We started with some Thai Ice Tea ($3.00).  The strong black tea aroma and the luscious and smooth texture from evaporated milk made the drink robust and refreshing.  And it would be even more lovely if it is a tad bit less sweet.

Thai Ice Tea

Thai Ice Tea

The Kang Daeng Sapparod ($8.50) with chicken, featuring medium spiced red curry, asparagus, tomatoes, pineapple and basil, was a decent choice for a comfort dish. Pleasing with the sweet and sour flavour, it was easy on the spicy side, and I was hoping for more of the tangy zings from the curry as well. The chicken was tender, and nicely complemented by a good crunch from asparagus.

Kang Daeng Sapparod

Kang Daeng Sapparod

The Laab or Num Tok ($7.50) with pork was right on the money. It was a  spicy salad with chili, shallots, green onion, mint and roasted rice, finished in a lime sauce. This is exactly what I’m looking for in a sexy and exotic dish, waking up the taste buds with the exploding of spicy, tangy and savoury flavours. And the roasted rice gives a very subtle smoky aroma, and works better than sesame seed, which is quite often used in a dish like this elsewhere.

Laab or Num Tok

Laab or Num Tok

I highly recommend the Laab or Num Tok if you are a fan of bold flavours and looking for an authentic taste of Thailand. And with quite a selection of affordable dishes like this, Thai Basil in Kitsilano is definitely a great spot for quick, geniune and delicious eats. I’m looking forward to my next visit.

Website and menu:

http://www.thaibasilvancouver.ca/

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