This Parkdale restaurant focuses on a novel Thai avenue meals known as boat noodles

Metro Morning‘s meals information, Suresh Doss, joins us each week to debate one of many many nice GTA eateries he is found.

This week, he talked to host Ismaila Alfa about a spot specializing in Thai boat noodles in Toronto. 

Suresh Doss: Bangkok is among the best avenue meals cities on the planet. It’s this sprawling megaplex the place you’ve got so many various markets. Daytime markets, nighttime markets, markets on land, floating markets on rivers the place there’s simply such an unlimited array of dishes, many regionally particular to the a part of town you are in. 

For those who spend any appreciable time consuming by the markets, there are some dishes that can hold arising — like boat noodles, which is thought to have originated within the floating markets years in the past. Sometimes, you discover it at avenue stalls or small eating places, and due to the small portion measurement, you’d at all times order at the least a couple of stacks.

I would like you to image a desk lined in bowls of assorted boat noodle dishes and on the finish of the meal, you’ve got a sky excessive stack of empty bowls.

Thai boat noodles are made in a darkish broth, made by utilizing pig or cow blood, and darkish soy sauce.  (Suresh Doss/CBC)

Ismaila Alfa:  Seems like this dish is widespread in components of Thailand, however not a lot right here?

Suresh Doss: Not likely, though now we have an unlimited collection of Thai and now regional Thai eating places. There are nonetheless some dishes which might be uncommon, just like the boat noodle soup. One of many homeowners of Paddler Thai Boat Noodles, Chanon Luewetwanich, tells me they wished to do one thing totally different to honour Thai delicacies. They opened the restaurant a yr in the past and the principle focus right here is the few variations of the boat noodle soup. However earlier than we get to that, let me introduce you to some appetizers.

Ismaila Alfa: What are we getting first?

Suresh Doss: The boat noodle soup will not be the one uncommon dish right here. There’s additionally one other dish that I bear in mind having in small eating places in Bangkok for breakfast. It’s merely known as Thai rice soup. It is like rice porridge, or congee.
They’ve it on the menu right here for lunch. It is rice cooked in a flavoured broth, however nonetheless moist and soupy. You possibly can select the proteins you need, I had it with some shredded rooster, squid and shrimp. It’s splendidly accented by ginger and scallions after which perfumed by items of fried garlic and galanga. It is comforting and nostalgic. Are you a fan of Pad Thai? 

Paddler serves a Pad Thai made with giant fried river prawns. (Suresh Doss/CBC)

Ismaila Alfa: Sure, however I’ve to confess I’ve by no means had it in Thailand, solely in Canada. 

Suresh Doss: Luewetwanich’s dad and mom nonetheless run a restaurant in Bangkok, the place their specialty is that this Pad Thai they made with fried river prawns. Giant prawns which might be coated in a sambar and cooked on very excessive warmth in a wok. Mother’s recipe is in play right here, and the Pad Thai actually has this glorious “wok hei” — the kiss of the wok —  with that smoky high quality that comes if you prepare dinner over open flame. Its subdued and complemented by this barely candy tamarind sauce that coats every thing from the noodles to the egg, tofu and shallots.  There’s a whole lot of Pad Thai on this metropolis, and its a dish that’s usually a miss for me. I feel that is my favorite model right here. 

Ismaila Alfa: Alright, now let’s discuss these boat noodles. 

Paddler Thai Boat Noodles opened on Queen Avenue through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Suresh Doss/CBC)

Suresh Doss: Sure, the principle occasion. The restaurant model is a barely bigger serving. Within the moist model, the noodles and protein of alternative arrive enveloped on this actually darkish liquid; the broth, which is made by utilizing pig or cow blood, and darkish soy sauce. That’s what makes the boat noodle soup, using these two key components, which can sound heavy however its really very properly balanced with some coconut milk and in addition chili oil within the base, after which the accent of Thai herbs; sprouts, cilantro and fried garlic. There’s a dusting of dried chili peppers that deliver it altogether.

Ismaila Alfa: And in the event you’re not within the temper for soup?

Suresh Doss: Get the dry boat noodles, which can also be very conventional. So right here you’ve got the noodles with some protein and it’s introduced collectively by chili oil and dried chilies, some sawtooth cilantro to intensify it and provides it some aromatics, and there is additionally some dried coconut to offer it a little bit sweetness.

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