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Chowdown at Sab-e-lee Thai Food in Linda Vista

Lillian Hsu | Aug 16, 2008 03:09 PM

Five hounds gathered for lunch today at Sab-e-lee, Uncle Lefty's Thai discovery in Linda Vista. The dishes we tried:

Catfish larb
Spicy mint leaves steamed pork leg
Papaya salad
Pad-see-ew with beef
Panang curry with chicken
Mixed vegetables
Plus steamed rice and four Thai iced teas

With tax and tip, the bill came out to $50 or ten bucks a person, a great deal for a lunch feast!

Everything was delicious, but the stand-out for me was the catfish larb, both in terms of flavor and texture. Its sourness and pungency presented a sharp contrast to our other dishes, and I liked the slight crunch. I thought it was fried, but according to Kirk's blog (http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...), the fish is grilled. Definitely the eye-opener of the meal.

The steamed pork leg and the pad-see-ew tied for second. The steamed pork leg came stir-fried with basil, peppers, and bamboo shoots and had a nice kick to it without being too spicy. The pad-see-ew was perfect, not overly sweet and gloopy, as it is at many places.

I liked the fact that this place doesn't dumb down the spice level--the papaya salad was definitely fiery. I wish it had come out earlier in the meal when we could have balanced bites of it with more of the other dishes.

I really enjoyed meeting everyone and look forward to more chowdowns in the future! We also had the pleasant surprise of meeting Kirk, who popped in to pick up some take-out.

Altogether, an excellent meal--this is definitely a place I will be dropping into on a weekly basis.

Link to Uncle Lefty's original post:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/547228

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Sab-e-lee
2405 Ulric Street, San Diego, CA 92111

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