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Ginger Thai Kitchen, Salinas

Ttrockwood | Jan 1, 201701:39 PM

Bumping this old thread....

I was in town visiting my family and they were eager to take me for dinner at Ginger Thai Kitchen, a fairly new spot on south main street next door to the baskin robbins.
The waiter was very helpful and attentive, my sister thinks he is one of the owners- very knowledgeable about the menu and seemed legitimately concerned when he asked if we were enjoying our meal.
My sister loves their chicken satay app, i didn't taste it but thought it was odd that it's a pattie on a stick, not threaded chunks of meat. Comes with a little pickled cucumber side and peanut sauce.
We shared the very generous plate of vegetarian tofu salad rolls, which were packed with shredded veggies and some tofu, served with peanut sauce. They were excellent and very fresh, i was wishing they had cilantro but if they did i couldn't taste it.
Mom ordered the chicken pad thai which she loves, it was a huge plate that easily serves two (she said it reheats well for leftovers the next day)
I ordered the vegetarian tom yum soup with tofu and my sister had the shrimp version- mine had plentiful chunks of firm tofu, zucchini, carrots, and some broccoli all very fresh and perfectly cooked. Hers had a good number of huge shrimp.
This absolutely blew me away!! The broth (which the waiter reassured me was vegetarian) had the most incredible depth of flavor and perfect balance of acid with very mild spice. I slurped down every last drop of it. Soup was $9, my sister's with the shrimp was $12.
I loved it so much that i ordered a small of the coconut soup with tofu to go which was perhaps even better, i think it was a mix of that same wonderful broth with coconut milk.

My sister goes there for lunch on occasion where most everything is about $10 and she said portions are just as generous.

There are some rather odd menu items for a thai spot but absolutely go for their soups, easily the best tom yum i have ever had

Ginger Thai Kitchen
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