Last month, I noticed a ‘vegan options available’ sign in the window of Kao Thai on Sydney Road in Brunswick. I went in to check out what was being offered and grabbed a regular menu. I asked the staff there if they could point out the vegan options and I was presented with a separate vegan menu with seventeen dishes to choose from. Not bad! So I made a note to go back asap for a meal. Pretty handy then that my sister chose Thai for her birthday lunch!
We spent some time working out what to get as there were lots of good looking options. The Pad Thai Tofu stood out (doesn’t Pad Thai always stand out?!). This was quite nice and not at all too-oily like some Pad Thai meals I’ve had elsewhere:
A satay will often show up if my sister and I go to a Thai place, so here’s the stir fried tofu, vegetable and the satay sauce:
Our third option was the red curry stir fry tofu with vegetables, coconut milk and Thai basil:
We also ordered a plain steamed rice and the fried rice with tofu, vegetables and mushroom sauce:
The serving sizes weren’t huge, but they made for a filling meal where we were nicely full, not the stuffed-sick kind of full. There were three of us, so three mains plus a rice was enough. From what we ordered, and the menu overall, it did seem to be the same vegetables but we were happy to overlook it because we enjoyed the meal and would go back. That said, I’d order a different dish next time if there were other vegetables on offer, just for a little variety.
I haven’t really had Thai food in Melbourne since becoming vegan. I know there are options out there but from memory they’re further away, so I’m stoked to have a vegan Thai restaurant closer to where I live (at least, easily accessible with the Sydney Road tram!). This part of Sydney Road in Brunswick has quite a few vegan friendly offerings and having Thai food as a new addition is fantastic.
I didn’t note the prices and forgot to ask. I also couldn’t get photos of the inside as there were lots of people and when I went to take a photo of the outside, they were having stuff delivered. So look for this signage!
347 Sydney Road