On the west coast there are many Hot Pot restaurants. In fact they do nothing else except serve Hot Pot Asian food. So what is it? A Hot Pot, refers to several East Asian varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table.
Fisherman’s Palace in Carleton Place has just added 5 brand new hot pot selections:
Satay Shrimps with Bean Thread was on our table tonight. Bean thread vermicelli noodles were combined with pineapple,shrimp and satay sauce. Of course there was their famous Pad Thai and eggrolls.
They have introduced new Authentic menu selections for those with a more adventurous palate. I cannot stress how great their food is! The key to eating really good Chinese food is not to ask what it is. Go with the flow and ditch the sweet and sour chicken balls for something brand new and exciting. And for gosh sakes, don’t ask Sherry for Soy Sauce. That’s like throwing a bottle of ketchup over your 5 star dinner. Of course, she will give it to you— but be kind! LOL!
Remember, Hot Pots are for in-restaurant dining only-too hot to handle for take out!
45 Munro Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
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My benchmark Thai restaurant back in Berkeley, California was The Plearn on University Ave. I would often take BART up to Berkeley Main for a dish of Pad Thai with Steve on a whim. Pad Thai is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles some have thought to have been introduced to Ayutthaya during the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom by Viet traders, and subsequently altered to reflect Thai flavor profiles.
The noodle is suitable to be stir-fried in a pan, and thus the Thai noodle was called Pad Thai. The meats and vegetables in Pad Thai are similar to food prepared by the Cantonese and Tae Chiew (Chao Zhou in Mandarin) from Guangdong province of China. However, the flavors and textures are pure Thai. It is a fast, delicious and nutritious dish, and has become popular in many countries around the world. Pad Thai is listed at number 5 on World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll compiled by CNN Go in 2011.
Okay this is probably more than you want to know, but I have been on a quest for good Pad Thai in Carleton Place for awhile now. I understand the Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Delight on Bridge Street carries it also but have yet to try it. If you have a review of theirs I would love to print it as I love pointing out ALL good food in Carleton Place.
I saw a review about Fisherman’s Palace and many good comments were posted on Facebook. I am going to be honest after being in the bay area (capital of Asian food) for years– I have become an Asian food snob. Again, the old KFC building was also not really screaming ‘chinese food’ to me, but I was totally wrong.
I have had Pad Thai from Fishman’s Palace a few times and I can tell you it Is as close to the Plearn that I will ever get. Believe me, there is plenty of bad Pad Thai out there – many versions are too sweet or ketchupy, but a true Pad Thai, however, is a thing of beauty.
I have yet to try other dishes from here but I hear their eggrolls and Thai soup are to die for. The owners used to have a restaurant on Somerset Street in Ottawa but made the move to share their good food in Carleton Place. Now you can eat well here and travel less!