So I walked by this restaurant and thought: “oh man, it has been AGES since I’ve had Thai food. Last time was proabably that $45 delivery in GVA, oh wait, actually, it was the $50 time I made Thai at home with a friend and he said I bought more Vnese than Thai ingredients”—but that’s GVA for ya, not sooooo authentic or otherwise you’re def paying $100+ 😛 But hey, I paid $4 for a pack of peanuts b/c they made the dishes so much better….
So I’ve seen the resto before and with a quick look at the menu, I walked in and it smelled GUUUUUUDDDD!
Vancouver can always be counted on for good Asian food!
The first appetizer on the menu is a Northern Thai specialty. Apparently, the owner of this restaurant is Thai and he travels in his homeland to find the best ingredients and awesome local dishes. Then he brings them to the Vancouver public and puts his own spin on things. He even has his own version of poutine that has locus root and duck in it???!!!! I def appreciate the food but my migration brain is spinning and I think: now here’s a perk of migration that no one can deny!
It was really creatively tasty! Crunchy, citrusy, fun… And it led to me meeting two randos at the next table. Nick and Adrian used to be colleagues. Nick is from near Thunder Bay in Ontario. We talked about French, travel, Asians in Vancouver… Good integration and migration talk. It’s nice that it’s easy to have these conversations in this part of the world.
Another thing to note is that while I’m thinking in technical terms of migration and diaspora, this is a restuarant, plain and simple. People come here for the food. And it is Canadian and Bob and me, we are Canadian and maybe both our origins are in Southeast Asia, but actually we are just Canadian. And that’s part of the beauty of this country: no matter what you look like or where you came from, you are Canadian and that’s just fine and dandy.