Mali Thai

October 30, 2010
I had a Thai dinner tonight at Mali Thai on Main Street. It's a tiny tiny store with only a few small tables. It didn't look very promising, but I was pleasantly surprised. The highlight of the meal for me was the Thai iced milk tea ($1.95). I have never tried it before, so I didn't really know what to expect. The tea came in 2 layers: dark black tea on the bottom and pearly white milk on the top. After stirring, the drink became a bright orange. It tasted quite sweet with a strong and fragrant tea flavour. Just like HK style milk tea, the milk was evaporated milk instead of regular milk. But I liked this Thai style milk tea a lot better :)

We started with Tom Yum Goong ($6.95), the famous Thai hot and sour soup with prawns, mushrooms, lemongrass, tomato and Thai spices. It tasted quite authentic to me, but I would've preferred fewer mushrooms. I usually try to avoid eating mushrooms because of the grassy taste. The soup was a bit on the sour side, but I liked it anyway because it was very appetizing.

Then the yellow curry with chicken ($6.95) came, but we left it alone because we had ordered too much food and we thought curry was the most suitable for packing home. I tried a bit of the curry sauce though, and it was very rich and aromatic. I would say it's one of the best curry sauces I've tried.

We had a Thai salad with peanut sauce ($5.95) which was simply fresh lettuce leaves with egg, tomato, onion, cucumber and 2 pieces of crispy wonton. Unlike the Chinese wonton, the Thai wonton was just a thin crispy piece of fried dough. The peanut sauce was served on the side. The ingredients were very fresh, and the peanut sauce was smooth and tasty. But it was just a regular salad with fresh ingredients, nothing special.

Next we had our main entrees. First was the pad thai with tofu ($8.95). It was quite a bit better than the pad thai at Thai D'or. The noodles were moist and the sauce was slightly sour and very tasty.

The second entree we had was the pineapple fried rice with prawns ($10.95). There were also cashews, egg and bean sprouts in the dish. It was quite good as well, although I'm not a fan of fried rice. But I liked the pineapples.

Finally we had dessert: coconut tapioca ($1.95). It was a cold pudding served in a plastic cup. I had expected it to be sweet, but it was actually not really sweet. In fact, the first bite was sort of salty. But it was not bad... I'm sure it would've tasted better if I weren't so full already...

I think this is a great place for Thai food. And I'll come back just for the milk tea!

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