The ultimate Thai noodle restaurant guide to Vancouver

Nov 10 2018, 3:06 am

When it comes to pairing flavours, cooks from the Kingdom of Thailand are adept at balancing all of them.

The ways in which Thai chefs have mastered the golden formula of matching extremely intense flavours in single dishes is a world-recognized phenomenon.

It requires fighting fire with fire, all with an adept palate. Just think about it – the tastes of fermented mud crabs, lemongrass, palm sugar, chilis, and lime – this requires an innate understanding of how each ingredient works and how to make a dish harmoniously delicious.

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The Kingdom of Thailand’s cuisine is varied and delicious one, especially its noodle game. Here’s where to cop some of the most lit noodles, Thai style.

Sala Thai

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Family owned and operated for over 30 years, SalaThai has seen them come and go in the competitive restaurant market of downtown Vancouver to claim the title of one of the OG Thai restaurants in the city. Choices of different regional specialties from around the country are reflected throughout their menu including their noodle dishes. SalaThai has a revolving program of noodles every week, trying new and familiar favourites.

Must-tries: Duck Noodle Soup, Pad Thai, Tom Yum Noodle, Kao Soi

Price: $$; cash, credit, debit
Address: 888 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-683-7999

Kin Kao


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A relatively fresh, but nonetheless established face to Vancouver’s Thai food game. Kin Kao (meaning “to eat rice” in Thai) offers regional specialties in an airy yet intimate space, putting on display both honestly traditional and playful elaborations on Thai classics with local craft beer and wine. Let’s go.

Must-tries: Pad Siew, Pad Thai

Price: $$; cash, credit, debit
903 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-558-1125

Bai Bua Thai Cuisine


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The most low-key of all the restaurants on the list, Bai Bua (meaning “golden lotus”) offers straightforward and affordable fare in the heart of East Van with a dedicated following Thai and non-Thai alike.

Must-tries: Sukho Thai Noodle, Pad Kee Mao

Price: $$; cash only
Address: 1-2443 East Hastings, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-9699

Sawasdee Thai


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Another old school and family owner operation, Sawasdee Thai has served Vancity’s devoted lovers of Thai for almost 30 years. A fixture in the Mount Pleasant hood it’s been a place to frequent when you want to relive those times back in the Land of Smiles.

Must-tries: Pad Thai, Pad Woon Sen

Price: $$; cash, credit, debit
Address: 4250 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-876-4030

Fat Mao


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The Chinatown presence of Chef Angus An’s esteemed portfolio of restaurants, Fat Mao offers casual and delicious elaborations on classic Thai and Chinese/Taiwanese noodle dishes.

Must-tries: Coconut and Mushroom Noodles, Southern Thai Beef Laksa

Price: $$; cash, credit, debit
Address: 217 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-569-8192

Thai House


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A North Vancouver staple for quality Thai food, Thai House has an awesome menu of both eats and drinks for patrons to enjoy.

Must-tries: Tiger Prawns in Blanket, Po Taek

Price: $$; cash, credit, debit
Address: 116 W Esplanade North, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-987-9911

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