On Friday evening I went out to eat with my parents in the southern suburbs. Since I do not normally go out to eat in the Apple Valley area, I decided to use www.vegguide.org to see if there were any restaurants in the area that serve vegan options. I was able to find one restaurant in Apple Valley that was not a fast food type establishment that had Vegan options, Taste of Thaiyai. Taste of Taiyai servers Thai food if you were not able to distinguish that from the name. I was actually in the mood for Thai, like I am in most cases and convinced my parents who normally refuse to eat any food that could potentially be spicy to eat there with me.
Thaiyai’s menu does not specifically state which items on their menu are able to be made vegan, but there are plenty of options if you ask the server what can be made with no animal products. MY first impression of the restaurant is that it was very cozy, and there were not very many tables. The walls and tables were decorated beautifully and gave of a Thai atmosphere. I thought that table cloths looked really nice that is shown below.
I decided to go with number 38, Pra Ram Long Song with tofu. This dish is a peanut curry sauce served over steamed spinach, served with steamed rice. I asked to have the dish prepared vegan in case there was normally fish sauce in the dish. My dish was fairly creamy from the coconut milk and had a delicious taste of peanut to it. The tofu was crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. The spinach seemed a little greasy and tough to me. I asked for my food to be prepared hot, which was the highest level they offered, and it tasted mild to medium to me. Nest time I would ask to have it made spicier, since I love spice in my food! Overall I was happy with the food I chose and would be interested in trying a different dish and their appetizers as well. I do wish that there were more vegetables in the dish as it was sort of plain with just tofu and spinach in the dish itself.
Have you been to Taste of Thaiyai, if so what did you think?