The other day I had a hankering for Pad Thai. Having visited all the Thai restaurants in the Burnaby/New West area, I decided to venture across the Fraser. After reading Sherman’s take on Hakka Masti’s version of Pad Thai, I had to try it for myself.
Hakka Masti is a Chinese-Indian fusion restaurant with a variety of Thai cuisine added to the mix. It all makes for quite an extensive menu and some interesting flavor combinations.
First off, the ever-popular Hot & Sour Soup. Normally there would be slivered carrot and bamboo shoot, maybe wood-ear funghi. Hakka’s version is quite different. This is loaded with cilantro and what appear to be canned, sliced button mushrooms. Quite unexpected but damn tasty. Oh, and BTW, it is very, very spicy! That ain’t just some wimpy white boy talking. As I was eating my soup, an Indian gentleman got up from his table to tell the server that there was too much spice in his family’s meal! Now that’s some heat!
Pad Thai with Chicken. The rice noodles were good and chewy, the vegetables crisp and fresh. It just seemed to be lacking enough tamarind and chile…a little too plain. Of course, there may be a slight chance that my palate was partially blown out by the soup.
Due to the generous portion of soup and a very large plate of Pad Thai, I took most of the noodles to go. Several hours later, with a spoon of tamarind concentrate, a squeeze of Sriracha and a dollop of crunchy peanut butter…an excellent midnight snack.