Hi all, I'm going to be in Vancouver for a few days in early May and I have been doing a bit of research on where to go for Indian and SE Asian foods. Saravana Bhavan and Vij's are definitely on the list. I would like to also check out some Vietnamese, Thai, and/or other SE Asian restaurants as well. I'm not really as familiar with these as I am with Indian, so I'm somewhat unsure what would be best.
The challenge: what restaurants would you recommend I check out for Vietnamese, Thai, and related (Burmese, Cambodian, Lao, etc) cuisines? I am looking primarily for vibrant, fresh flavors of tamarind, lime, thai herbs, and hardcore herbs like rau ram, etc. I think the VN term for the plate of herbs and garnishes is rau song. Places serving herb and garnish plates to accompany signature dishes would be good in this regard.
I'm reasonably sure of where to go for Indian food, but if anyone can recommend any hardcore south indian (tamil nadu, kerala, andhra pradesh, karnataka, etc) places, that would be much appreciated.
Any and all recommendations will be greatly appreciated!
The difficulty: I'm not down with pork.