The Best Pad Thai in Toronto
The best pad thai in Toronto has redeemed its ketchup-stained reputation in recent years. The sickly sweet, neon orange version that was once the norm is no longer. Many of the city's Thai restaurants - including the standout spots on this list - have embraced regional styles and authentic recipes for deliciously varied results.
Here is the best pad thai in Toronto.
See also: The Best Thai Restaurants in Toronto
The menu at this Regent Park restaurant (there's also a location on Wellington) does a traditional pad thai ($12) with lustrous noodles tossed in house-made tamarind sauce, eggs, chives, tofu, shallots, and bean sprouts. Chef Nuit Regular also shares a taste of home with a beloved Northern Thai recipe ($13) made with extra peanuts and handfuls of fresh herbs.
On the east side, this restaurant does pad thai ($10-$15) in three distinct styles. Choose from the house version with sweet red sauce, a street food version inspired by the vendors of Bangkok, or Sasi’s seafood-rich variation with sun-dried baby shrimp, tiger shrimp, chicken, tofu egg, green onion and crushed peanuts.
Named after the largest outdoor market in Thailand, this Scarborough restaurant specializes in a street-style noodle stir fry ($9.95) cooked up one order at a time with scrambled eggs, scallions, peanuts and a choice of tofu and veggies, chicken, beef or shrimp tossed in a tangy tamarind sauce.
The Royal Pad Thai ($17) is among the most popular dishes on the menu of this Salad King sister restaurant at the Shops at Don Mills. Tossed in a classic blend of tamarind and fish sauce, the noodle dish is topped with a choice of chicken or shrimp. Try the Islamic noodles ($19) for a variation laced with panang curry.
Skip the "traditional" pad thai at this Etobicoke restaurant and opt for the Pad Thai Hor Kai ($12.95), an authentic stir-fry of rice vermicelli with sliced chicken, jumbo prawns, eggs, bean sprouts, and sour turnip, all tossed in a mixture of tamarind sauce, crab oil, and coconut milk.
Made without a tomato base, the Pad Thai ($8.29) at this Harbord Village mainstay might look a little pale, but it's loaded with bold flavours. Made with tofu, eggs, bean sprouts, crunchy carrots, peanuts and fresh green onions, you can have it prepared to personal preference with chicken or shrimp.
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