Sen Pad Thai: Kickass noodle stand now open on Granville Island (PHOTOS)

May 23 2017, 4:48 pm

Spend even just a little bit of time roaming Granville Island and it’s clear that this is a haven for food lovers, offering both a taste of the hyper-local and great global bites all in one spot.

Just a stone’s throw from the always-bustling Public Market, with its brimming options for quick-serve casual eats and treats, is the newly-opened Sen Pad Thai, a noodle-centric stall in the Net Loft building run by local chef superstar Angus An.

An, whose palate-expanding Maenam in Kitsilano has earned raves since its debut, has quite the Thai-slash-noodle mini-empire in Metro Vancouver. Sen Pad Thai is An’s fifth concept, joining the aforementioned Maenam, New Westminster’s Longtail Kitchen and Freebird, and Chinatown’s Fat Mao Noodles.

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Pad Thai (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Needless to say, An knows a thing or two about bold, bright Thai flavours and the fine art of dishing up crave-worthy noodle dishes (and more).

Sen Pad Thai has a menu that includes variations on traditional Thai “dry” noodle dishes, taking their cue from food stands in Chanthaburi, Thailand. Sen is a Thai term for noodle, while “pad” means fried, and noodles are indeed stars here, with multiple variations on a theme available, from a classic pad thai to versions with northern-style crispy pork, or crab.

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Thai Omelet (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

There are wide, flat rice sheet-style noodle (“siew”)  in the pad siew dishes, as well as thin vermicelli noodles. It’s not all noodles, though–also in the “pad” category are fried rice dishes. A daily curry special comes on your choice of base noodle or rice, while you can also tuck into a hearty Thai omelet, with the thick eggy blanket fortified with chunks of sausage and bits of crab, served atop rice.

Though it’s easy to just get a helping of noodles to happily slurp solo, if you are dining with a friend or two or three, you can mix in some of Sen Pad Thai’s must-try sides, like An’s signature salty-sweet crispy chicken wings and the equally addictive crispy ribs–I dare you to try to eat just one. Not gonna happen.

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Crispy Ribs (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

A classic papaya salad keeps things cool but still packs heat, and you can reach for drinks like a traditional Thai iced tea or a PokPok “drinking vinegar” soda to temper the spice.

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If you save room for dessert, check out the banana roti, which is a Thai-style street sweet comprised of sliced bananas wrapped in a roti (sort of like a flatbread or a thick crepe) and drizzled with condensed milk.

Sen Pad Thai is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

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Crispy Chicken (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Banana Roti (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Daily Curry, a green curry (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Papaya salad (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Sen Pad Thai

Address: #7–1666 Johnston Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
Instagram: @senpadthai

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