THAI SHAN INN
2404 Dufferin Street
Ambiance: 2 / 4
Service: 2 / 4
Food: 3 / 4
I have been going to Thai Shan Inn since I was just a little girl. Its one of the best Thai restaurants I have ever been t, so I am surprised that most people in Toronto have never heard of it. It is located in a little bit of a sketchy neighbourhood but it's worth the risk to taste this food. The portions are extremely generous and personally made by Louisa using her family recipes which results in authentic flavours.. Although the presentation of the dishes is nothing to rave about the food is something you wont be able to stop talking about. Be warned, if you have any allergies or like to make substitutions, this is not the place for you, as most of the staff and members don't speak English.
We generally order the same things each time we go. We start with the TOM YUM KOONG SOUP: A large bowl of traditional spicy Thai soup made with lemon grass and topped with mushrooms and shrimp. This spicy, lemony soup is so delicious. however, it can get quite spicy so make sure you have a few tissues on hand for your nose.
I always make sure to order a VEGETABLE SPRING ROLL. But I am the only one who does- it's too oily and greasy for most. But look at the size of it! So big and full of veggies and glass noodles; Mmm Mmm.
This MANGO SALAD is like none other. Fresh, tangy, green mangos are mixed with a medley of peppers, red onions, ground chicken and fresh fragrant coriander. These simple ingreadiannts are then tossed in a sweet and sticky dressing. The sweet dressing mixes with the sour mango in a unique way that you will never forget.
How can you go to a Thai restaurant with out getting a PAD THAI? So of course this is something we order every time. The stir-fried rice noodles are combined with a house made sauce, peanuts, egg, green onions, tofu bean sprouts,chicken, shrimp and a pile of fresh chili flakes on the side to spice it up if you would like. Mmm my mouth is drooling just thinking about it.
Lastly, if we go with a large group we also order the YELLOW TAIL DEEP FRIED FISH. The fish is deep fried to perfection and then covered in a homemade red chili tamarind sauce with ground chicken and mushrooms. Don't be afraid of the head and tail - this crispy fish is a house specialty!
Would We go back? For sure!
STANDOUT DISH OF THE NIGHT:
Yellow tail deep fried fish