I just got back from Edmonton. Edmonton is officially my 2nd home~ It still surprises my friends how attached to Edmonton I am; most of them can’t wait to move outta there. But trust me, it is not THAT bad (if you can ignore the -30 degrees celsius for a few months a year)
I made a list of place I wanted to eat at during my 6 days there. One of the MUST GO places was Boualouang Laos & Thai Restaurant.
A friend & I managed to get sponsorship from this restaurant for our student group once upon a time. LOL. Back in my unviersity days. We would always get about 15% discount, and for a student, that was AWESOME! It used to be a little restaurant that opens 4 days a week, 3 1/2 hours for dinner, and sits only 5 tables of 4. It was always full and food takes forever because the owner/chef cooks alone while her husband serves.
This time I went back, they have expanded! No more dingy white walls with random art from Laos. It was decorated, dim, over twice the size and have servers!! The price went up tho (inflation and all. ^_^)
There were 8 of us, but we all ordered multiples of the same dishes…
Scallop mini bites
with pickled mango and a roasted peanut served on a rice cracker. *free* Considering how the wait for food is usually pretty long, this was a great way to keep us waiting without complaining too much.
Tom Yum Guung (without coconut milk)
Choices of Chicken, seafood, beef/pork or chicken and seafood.
We got the chicken and seafood. The medium size which served about 3 (as per the server) but to us – more like 4-5 ppl. Look at the jumbo prawn! I love that they r generous with the seafood.
We got 3 on our table of 8. That is how good this is. Choices are chicken, shrimp or chicken and shrimp~ Of course, we picked chicken and shrimp~
No words could describe how good this pad thai is. I use this as a benchmark for other thai restaurants. So far, this is still my number 1!
B ordered the Phanang (sp?) red curry with fish.
I was not a big fan because the dish is too spicy for me. But he enjoyed it~
Chicken green curry
This is a little sweet and not spicy at all. I love green curry over coconut rice so it was good to me! I love the little piece of aubergine and zucchini in there as well~
Also ordered a beef and vegetable with lemongrass. Considering all the rich coconut milk based curries, this was a good dish. Light and very refreshing because of the strong lemongrass and some ginger.
Taro pudding with ice cream and red bean stuff
C and B ordered one each. I just mooched off them~ This is one rich yummy dessert. . Served warm… MMMMMmmmmMMm
Total Damage – $160 (including tax & tip).
Personal rating – 4.25 out of 5 (Great food w great prices)
Service is a little on the slow side but the wait is worth it.
Boualouang Laos and Thai Restaurant
- 10669 – 97 Street,
- Edmonton, Alberta,