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A Bit of San Francisco Right Here in Carleton Place – Thai Me Up!



Ted MacDonald is our food writer here on The Tales of Carleton Place– so I am just pinch hitting when I eat something I like. But, his words are gold, and read his latest What Ales You in Carleton Place this week! You will NEED this information for the Senators play off!

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!


It Ain’t Easy Being Green — Cooking With Chef Dusty Pettes — Thai Curry

Now that the menu has changed at Ballygiblins and made way for a few new favourite dishes, I would like to talk about one of the recipes that I will miss the most. I am sure to re-visit this one on another menu at another time because It has a bit of heat and is incredibly fresh using a great amount of spices, herbs and vegetables. I would eat so much of this every time we made it. The Green Thai Curry is a rich blend of curry spices and a green thai paste. The paste can be bought at speciality food stores or if you feel adventurous you can make your own.
Keep in mind this is a batch recipe.For the paste puree all the ingredients into a paste
1 tablespoon sliced cilantro roots or stems
1 tablespoon coriander
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 1/2 tablespoons galangal
1/4 cup garlic
1 Kaffir Lime
3-4 tablespoons sliced lemongrass
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup sliced shallots
1 teaspoon shrimp paste
1/4 cup Chili Leaf Optional
10-15 Green Thai Chili PeppersGreen Thai Curry4 lg red onions
¾ bag of spinach
2 cups butter
6 tbsp cardomon
6 tbs coriander
3 tbsp cumin
3tbsp garam masala
12 tbsp minced garlic
5 tbsp salt
3 tbsp pepper
200 gram green thai paste
100oz can of tomatoes
½ lb fresh cilantro
8 cups veg stock


Start cooking the onions in a pot with the butter. When onions are soft add all ground seasonings. In a separate container puree the spinach, cilantro, veg stock and the tomatoes. Add the puree into the pot and bring a slow simmer. Turn off and let cool.

If you have any questions about the recipe contact me at Ballygiblins. #EatCP



151 Bridge St, Carleton Place, ON K7C 2V6
(613) 253-7400

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