Chu Chai

Appetizers

Appetizers

Yusuke recently won a coupon book at a local conference (Web 2.You, highly recommended). It was rather embarrassing, actually—Yusuke had slipped out early and wasn’t there when they called his name for the prize; I claimed it on his behalf.

At any rate, we took advantage of a coupon to try a unique and cool restaurant called Chu Chai. The cuisine is essentially Thai, but everything is vegetarian (or even vegan). Many of the dishes include imitation meat made from various soy products: chicken, duck, shrimp, etc.

Like most “deals” of this nature, we ended up spending a lot more money than we would have in the first place. But whatever; the meal was wonderful, albeit overpriced.

The coupon was for the signature appetizer sampler pictured above. My favourite is the middle of the plate: it’s strips of fried seaweed coated in some kind of red-hued breading, with a tangy sauce and sesame seeds. Also included were a light salad with tomato and mango, a “treasure bag” with a fried tofu skin and minced veggies inside, a mint (?) leaf with spices, lime, and cashews, and the standard spring rolls.

I also had the spicy lemongrass and sundry-veggie soup below. Yusuke selected an equally spicy soup of coconut milk and (imitation) shrimp. Both were extremely tasty, although the coconut milk was rather too rich for me, and the “shrimp” texture was a bit odd. After the appetizers and soup, we decided more food was needed. Yusuke ordered a “chicken” stir fry, and I had a cold cucumber salad and the most wonderful extra-sticky rice ever. It was served in a sort of tube, as pictured here.

Spicy soup

Spicy soup

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