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Food Friday: Bhan Thai 
7th-Sep-2007 11:46 am
I'll come clean: I love Thai food. I'll admit to bias now. :)

Since learning to cook Thai curries and fresh rolls at home1, I've not been out for Thai food much.

However, I know that I can't make some of the lovely starters and sauces that a real Thai chefs puts out.

So, we decided to go along to a relatively new place near our flat.

Bhan Thai
21 Rose Street
AB10 1TX

We'd started to go there during their first week of operation, but got distracted by thoughts of Nawaab's.2

We were almost distracted this time as well. The menu doesn't look particularly exciting for vegetarians. Luckily, ybunny noticed that they did a vegetarian set menu. So, in we went.

The restaurant is on the second floor, above an antique dealer. The place is nice. The wood panelling and swathes of silk along the windows make the place seem cosy.

We ordered some bitter lemon to drink and the set menu and sat and observed the other clientele. I've always been of the opinion that if people from $culture will eat at $culture-restuarant, then it is probably good.3

The starters arrived. We dove into them too fast to get a picture, unfortunately. There was crispy tofu, fresh rolls, spring rolls, and a starter I've heard elsewhere called 'coin purses'.4 On the side there was sweet chilli sauce and peanut-honey sauce.

We managed to be a bit more circumspect with the main course, and I have pictures.

Greens - Asparagus, spinach, cabbage, and beans in a thick, slightly sweet sauce
Noodles - Soba noodles with firm tofu and onions tossed in a black bean sauce

Sweet and Sour- Tofu, peppers, pineapple, baby corn, and onions
Yellow curry - Broccoli, celery, mangetout/snow peas, tofu, and potato

The yellow curry was the hit of the meal. We would have licked the bowl and our plates if given the chance. I make curry...but I can't make it like that.

The sweet and sour was so-so...I'm not a huge fan of such things.

ybunny like the greens more than I did. The sauce was too sweet for me with the greens. Would have been better on broccoli, I think.

The noodles were like nothing I've ever had before. The combination of the sauce and spring onions really gave it a moreish quality. I've never liked black bean sauce...or so I thought. Changed my mind after those noodles.

In all, compliments to the chef. Superb meals, and a bargain at £35 for two people.5

Now I want more yellow curry...

1- Thanks Mom!
2- Best curry in Aberdeen, in my not so humble opinion.
3- Which is why you don't see me eating at the Filling Station past the one go. 'Authentically' American is a joke.
4- Spring roll wrappers filled with...I'm not quite sure...and then the ends tied up like a little coin purse.
5- Though, I should mention that the teaser menu outside indicates that dessert is included on the set menu, and it actually isn't.
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7th-Sep-2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, they are definitely different. However, only Indian really comes to mind when people say 'curry' here.

This curry wasn't sweet. It had hints of that, but the overall effect was savoury.

I've not been to Nazma, I'll let you introduce me to that. :)
7th-Sep-2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
I adore Thai food. Sadly Himself doesn't like anything like that much :(

Last time I was in Chang Mai I went on a cooking course. Normal people trek up into the mountains and smoke opium. I went on a cooking course *rolleyes*
7th-Sep-2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
I'm ever so deeply envious just now. :)
7th-Sep-2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
Very hungry now. *licks computer screen*
7th-Sep-2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
I feel amazingly hungry now. I've only had a sandwich all day :(
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