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Chowfind: Thai Indeed, Kingston Rd and McCowan

Mandjewkikeski | May 21, 201603:20 PM

Only a trusted recommendation could get us to deepest Scarborough, (3081) Kingston Rd and McCowan. It was well worth the trip, Thai Indeed will be part of our circuit.
We had mango salad, lemongrass soup, hot and sour soup, pad thai, penang chicken, cashew nut chicken, marinated grilled beef. A special mention of the hot and sour soup. It is served with a squeeze bottle of soya sauce. My suggestion is to try it without the soya. Every taste comes out, including the bit of char in the onions, and deliciously harmoniously. While I am at it, the spicy indication on the menu is overstated; it certainly doesn't mean that the dish is spicy as I understand heat, and I don't like heat.
All the food, but for one dish, was delicious. The cooking was refined, but because it was Thai it had lots of flavour. It had none of the Thai scourges of too much sugar, too much oil. Indeed, these ingredients were scarcely noticeable. Even the coconut was pleasantly controlled. All the tastes were beautifully balanced.
The only dish that didn't hit the mark- my western mark anyway - was the pad Thai.
The noodles were nicely cooked al dente (believe it or not; first time for me.) and the sauce was tamarind and not the usual ketchup. The first two mouthfuls were delicious. I thought that these people really know how to cook to show this much control. Further into the dish I thought that the dish was too refined and had become boring. I then asked for more peanuts and more lime to squeeze on, another five pieces. After this- I am sure adulteration - I quite liked the dish. An owner saw what I did and asked why I had changed the dish; he must have thought that I had done something weird. I told him. He said that he would consider changing the pad Thai, but not my way.
I wondered what it was that made the cooking so good and asked. The owners are Thai of course. They are from Bangkok, the cooking was Bangkok style. The owners are two engineers and an accountant, upper middle people. It helps.

The room is very nice; the location had been a Japanese restaurant, Prices are reasonable.
The place has been open only a week; notwithstanding, our Friday night was busy.

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