|Thai Spring Roll with Lunch Special|
I have known her for ages back to our over indulgent Engineering school days. Right after University though, J decided to visit an allergist on a hunch and family history. I guess we can all identify with gaining he Freshman 15 but J thought it could be more than that. She discovered she was allergic to Rice, Cheese and all things Fermented. That meant she could no longer have Wine or Beer, Beer! I mean we were in Engineering. And with her partial Italian heritage, it was sad to have to bid adieu to Risotto. It was a very brief grieving period when she lost well over the Freshman 15 after adjusting her diet. Yay!
That is all well and good but we both love good food and particularly catching up over it. That can be difficult in such multicultural city as Vancouver and Greater Vancouver to be restricted from consuming Rice. Not many asian restaurants have the Egg Noodle option anymore. Perhaps it's gone out of fashion. Chinese restaurants are definitely easier for her with Egg and Wheat Noodle options. Thai is virtually impossible. All the Thai dishes, Curries or Noodle dishes are Rice based or accompanied. Therefore, J was clearly thrilled when she followed her new boss into Green Basil to discover that she did not have to sheepishly order something 'safe' to be polite. On the bottom of the menu, it read Egg Noodle option as well as Vegetarian.
We both ordered the Jumbo Prawn Phad Thai. I had the classic Rice Stick noodle and J ordered Egg Noodle. The lunch specials all come with Soup and Cold Spring Rolls. I don't eat Chicken and J is allergic so we both passed on the soup and they did not have an alternative. The Spring Rolls were definitely Rice based and filled with Rice Vermicelli and Basil. It had a very nice Peanut Dipping sauce and a little fresh vegetable pickle salad on the side. It would have been nice to be offered a Salad alternative for dietary restrictions for the Soup at least.
|Prawn Phad Thai with Rice Noodle or Egg Noodle in the back|
Ambiance: Pleasant, unassuming Thai accents
Lunch: Good list and variety of specials
Burnaby, BC V5H