Though soy sauce is commonly believed to be of Asian origin, several linguists have unearthed its true Iberian beginnings by decoding the hidden Spanish translation. Celebrate the intriguing international condiment with the help of today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Asian dinner fare at Sang Thai & Vietnamese Restaurant in Port Coquitlam.
Sang Thai's culinary team whisks Vancouverites to exotic environs aboard a transpacific catamaran of Vietnamese and Thai fare. Erase painful memories of icy flag-pole tongue with a menu of piquant curries, such as the red curry with chicken, beef, lamb, or veggies ($12–$14), or salmon saturated with Thai choo chee curry sauce ($17). Classics abound, filling gastrointestinal echo chambers with pad thai ($11–$13), stir-fried noodles lacing up a bundle of tofu, egg, bean sprout, and peanuts ($11), or chicken with cashews and Thai chili sauce ($13). Vietnamese coffee, Thai tea, and fresh young coconut juice ($3 each) are on hand to lubricate glottises for impromptu yodelling competitions, and desserts such as the deep-fried banana with ice cream ($6) bring meals to a natural denouement.
Sang Thai's sumptuous interior is a midcentury-inspired mélange of stark, linear architecture offset by ornate Asian carvings, statuary, and wall hangings. Diners can choreograph an appreciative dance number for the wait staff to the rhythms of live music on weekends.
Sang Thai Restaurant
Sang Thai Restaurant has garnered local praise for its pan-Asian cuisine; diners even crowned it Favourite Thai Restaurant on the 2012 Tri-City News A LIst. Inside, bright red walls and hanging lamps surround guests as they dine on Thai and Asian specialties, including curry, fried rice, and clay-pot dishes. Wooden pillars divide the sleek, minimalist dining room into two sections. A bar decorated with martini glasses and figurines stands next to a wall of illuminated bamboo that frequently attracts botanists eager to nibble on it.