When I was in London, a good friend of mine introduced me to some killer Thai food at a place near our campus. Since coming back, I’ve been hardpressed to find a similar place that epitomizes: great Thai food, good price, hospitable, and just radiates the feeling of a small Thai restaurant. Sawasdee is as close as it’s gotten for me so far!
Apparently, Sawasdee has been around the Riley park area for ages – since 1986 according to their website. BC’s birthday was coming up, so a few of us decided to have dinner with him and we somehow ended up choosing Sawasdee. We were not disappointed!
We took a bit of a while to decide on what to get, but eventually we just chose to order a few dishes and just share everything. We started with the Stuffed Chicken Wings.
The Stuffed Chicken Wings are deep fried deboned chicken wings stuffed with bean thread noodles, mushroom and carrot and served with mild hot sauce. Really tasty and crispy chicken wings! I found the sauce a little too mild for my liking, but it was perfect for us to share as a couple of our party really can’t take spicy.
Next up is the classic Pad Thai, which is stir fried rice noodles with tofu, prawns, egg, green onion, and bean sprout. Very flavourful and plenty of ‘wok hay’.
We decided to order two curries. The first was a Roasted Duck Curry, which was a red coconut curry with roasted duck, peppers, pineapple, tomato, basil leaves, and bamboo shoots. I really liked this one as the duck flavour was thoroughly infused in the red curry. Rich, spicy, and watery makes it such a joy to have with white rice. Unfortunately rice is a separate order from the curry and I don’t quite remember how much the bowls of rice cost here – just make sure to order rice as well when you’re ordering curry!
Our other curry order was the Yellow Curry with Chicken. Again, a really flavourful curry but on the milder side.
The Crying Tiger Beef was a dish I ordered because I enjoyed it a lot at the place I frequented in London. It is essentially sliced marinated grilled beef served with extra hot and spicy sauce. The sauce isn’t really all that hot, but it was at the level that I enjoyed. I really like the way they marinate this beef, is awesome! Tender steak slices that just are to die for. The one I had in London was better, but Sawasdee rings in a commendable second place.
Overall, delicious Thai food that has the heat of dishes tapered down slightly for locales. Prices are a bit on the expensive side, but food is quality here. Highly recommended!