There is no denying that Thai food is absolutely, outrageously delicious – it’s like a sweet and spicy dream cuisine capable of delighting the pickiest of taste buds. These Thai restaurants are the tastiest in Edmonton.
As one of the oldest, if not the oldest, Thai restaurants in Edmonton, The King and I has a lot of history in the Old Strathcona area. Their original location was destroyed in a fire in 2003 but the owners quickly relocated to a different spot, just a few blocks away from the original. Their amazing Thai cuisine and loyal customer base meant that the business thrived in its new, larger location. And, celebs such as Mick Jagger, Reba McEntire and the members of Our Lady Peace have sampled the restaurant’s tasty dishes when in town for gigs.
The green curry here is to die for – thick and creamy, with plenty of meat (I prefer the chicken but the beef is solid too), green and red peppers and fresh basil. Plus, it has a decent spice level. It pairs well with the restaurant’s fluffy coconut rice. Adventurous types will want to order the stuffed chicken wings – the best in the city. Bua Thai also has a good variety of vegetarian Thai dishes, which is a nice bonus.
I love the Tom Yum Ga Tee soup here so much – it fills my stomach and heart with warmth with every sip of the creamy, coconut milk base. I like to scoop some coconut rice into it to make it into a meal. But, sometimes, I will just have the soup as a starter and will sample the yum noodles – glass noodles with chicken, cilantro and veggies, plus a yummy, spicy peanut sauce. They also do Thai barbecue dishes quite nicely here.
So much stir-fried Thai deliciousness here. The stir fry section takes up a hearty section of the menu – it’s broken down by seafood, noodles and general stir-fried dishes, such as Pad Ped Moo, a mixture of pork, peppers and onions, with coconut milk, stir-fried in a garlic chili sauce. For the curry dishes, you can choose your spice level, and if you prefer shrimp, chicken, tofu, beef or basa.
It’s a little gem hidden in the north side of the city. The service is beyond friendly, the restaurant is cozy, quiet and down-to-earth. The food is out of this world. Their green curry is the spiciest I’ve ever had – tear-inducing but in the best way possible. I always wash it down with the sweet, orangey Thai iced tea. Those looking for a milder dish will like the pad garlic pepper.
This family-run restaurant is known for their hospitality and love of food (true to Thai and Laos culture). Their starters and desserts are just as good as their main courses – bookend your meal with crunchy salad rolls and sweet roti rolls. In between, treat yo’self to the green curry with pea pods and broccoli, and the delectable pad Thai.
This cafeteria-style restaurant on Whyte Avenue has a great menu and a chef that knows his ways around the kitchen. It’s great value for your money and they don’t skimp on stuff, like sauce (so important!). The satays come with a side of peanut sauce and an onion cucumber salsa that provides a tangy burst of flavour for the chicken. Lovers of spice will go nuts for the pad sweet basil (the name is a lie!), a mix of beef, mushrooms, peppers and onions.