Thai menu from northeast Thailand (Issan)

Wimaan Restaurant sign featuring a Thai dancer

neon Thai dancer

Wimaan Thai Restaurant, 1063 West Broadway, Vancouver.

For the third Thai banquet in our UBC ‘eating’ course we went to Wimaan Thai Restaurant which featured food from north-east Thailand, the area known as Issan (also spelled Isaan or Esarn)
Overall, the food from north-east Thailand tends to be sour and very spicy. It reminded me very much of Laotian food which I loved. This isn’t surprising considering that by crossing the Friendship Bridge over the Mekong River, one goes from Nong Khai in north-east Thailand and ends up in Vientiane, Laos.

Wimaan Thai Restaurant neon

Wimaan Thai Restaurant neon

Thai Singha BeerI should mention the coffee, which the owner described as pure caffiene to which approximately seven teaspoons of sugar had been added. YEEOW! Not something anyone in the class was willing to try on an evening out, maybe not even at 10 o’clock coffee break. Most of the class went for the sweet and smoky iced tea we had tried out in a previous class, but I ordered the Thai beer Singha. Should you happen to be in Thailand and would like to order a beer, here are is your first Thai language lesson:

Pood Thai = Speak Thai

  • Our instructor liked to order a surprise dish each dinner and this evening it was Fish Three Flavours (Bplar-Sarm-Lot).
    Fish Three Flavours

    Fish Three Flavours

  • Tom Kah Gai, chicken and mushroom soup with a slightly sour edge.
    Tom Kah Gai - chicken and mushroom soup

    chicken and mushroom soup

  • Fried fish in curry paste with sweet/sour cucumber dipping sauce
    sweet sour cucumber dipping sauce

    sweet sour cucumber dipping sauce for the fish

  • Thai-style crudites featuring fresh mint and basil leaves, cucumber, carrots, cabbage and these very pretty red chile peppers cut into flowers. Warning: as pretty as the chile pepper flowers are, do NOT eat them unless you want your head to blow off!
    Thai-style crudites

    Thai-style crudites

  • Larb Moo, ground pork and spices, usually eaten rolled up in a lettuce leaf. This was my favorite dish of the evening. I didn’t manage to get a photo of  it, probably because I was too busy stuffing my face.
  • Smoky-tasting sticky rice – you roll into balls with your fingers and use to dip into the incendiary sauces.
    sticky rice holder

    sticky rice holder

  • Green papaya salad – the green papaya gives the sour flavour that predominates Northeast Thai cuisine
    green papaya salad

    green papaya salad

  • Kang Pa, curry without coconut milk, called ‘forest curry’ as the ingredients are usually wild plants that are gathered in the forests of the northeast.
    forest curry

    Kang Pa, forest curry

  • Tab Tim Grob– the dessert – diced water chestnuts coated with a pink tapioca flour served in iced coconut milk
    coconut soup dessert

    iced coconut milk dessert

Wimaan Thai Restaurant neon

Wimaan Thai Restaurant neon

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