March 26th, 2011
Last Friday night, I made a huge gastronomical discovery. I went to Chu Chai.
Chu Chai is an award-winning gourmet Thai vegetarian restaurant located on St-Denis. Inside, the atmosphere is – in Quebec we say flyé. Upscale, really cool, very now-this-is-a-nice-place, so-glad-I-brought-my-people-here. I brought people there because Monsieur went there and swore it was amazing. Monsieur, who, at the mention of “it’s tofu” stops eating, told me he wouldn’t have known his duck was real meat or not, so much it was A-mazing.
Welcome to Chu Chai.
We started with their famous 5 flavour bites: a mix of grated coconut, ginger and other spices on a spinach leaf. The finger food is very interesting, perhaps the most experimental dish I’ve had of late. The mango salad had so much texture to it and the dumplings were heavenly. I stayed true to my coconut milk obsession and ordered the chicken in coconut milk, green curry and basil. It was fresh, tasted what I wanted and more. My dad’s shrimp surprised me (prior to Chu Chai I imagined tofu ground beef, but tofu chicken? shrimp? duck?) – and what a great imitation of real shrimp it was! The noodle dish was very spicy, but I was warned. And now, the reason you must go to Chu Chai… the Ped Palo, also known as crispy duck. When you go, let me know if you think its tofu or real because Istillcan’tbelieveit’svegetarian.