Posts tagged Thai
Jungle Noodle Love
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I think I wanna know ya! Today I’m taking another look at a fairly new 100% vegan restaurant. Quite frankly, Thai Vegan is my greatest loooove of all. This place is magic. I discovered it by accident last December, introduced it to Ryan, and we eat there 2-3 times a month.

When it comes to the menu, I totally play favorites. If I’m at Thai Vegan, I’m getting the spicy eggplant with tofu every time. Delicious blend of Thai basil, tender eggplant, chewy tofu, and soul-shattering spice. I have to ask for a level 1 because level 5 will give me an asthma attack. Yowza!

Spicy eggplant w/ tofu

Spicy eggplant w/ tofu

Everything is so freaking fresh and filled with veggies. The flavor is always amazing, and the portions are legit. I’ve tried to make my way through the menu, but I am so in love with my favorites that I have to force myself to try something new. Another dish I love is the green curry with tofu. Loaded with basil, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, onions, and tofu, it is super filling and makes great leftovers. As for dessert, don’t miss out on the mango with sticky rice or the banana spring rolls! Another favorite is the Thai iced tea. Beware: it is super sweet. I love it, though.

Soy tofu bacon burger

Soy tofu bacon burger

Thai Vegan also has a great selection of appetizers. We really love the tofu satay. Also a big fan of the spring rolls. Additionally, the restaurant offers the following options for your protein of choice: tofu, soy chicken, soy fish, soy shrimp, or soy chicken nuggets. We always get the tofu because it is just ridiculously good. They even have unexpected things on the menu like falafel, burgers, and lentil loaf.

Jungle noodles w/ tofu

Jungle noodles w/ tofu

On my most recent trip, I tried out the jungle noodles with tofu. They were spicy, flavorful, and looked like a rainbow. Super delicious, and I definitely recommend it. I also tried the yellow curry with tofu for the first time. This would be perfect when the temperatures finally start dropping. Hearty potatoes,carrot, onions, and tofu in a thick yellow sauce. Super warming and also makes great leftovers.

If you aren’t hungry already, I dunno what to tell you. Thai Vegan is the place to be, so go give them your money. Head’s up: they’re closed on Tuesdays!

WINS

Tofu: Their tofu game is on lock. Crispy and chewy. Perfect vehicle for sauce

Spice: Level 1-5

Veggies for Days: Every dish is full of veggies and they aren’t cooked to death

Desserts: Banana chocolate chip spring rolls, mango and sticky rice, green tea ice cream…and so much more

How vegan-friendly is it? 5 out of 5 nooches. This place is 100% vegan and 100% delicious. I have already eaten there twice in the last week. Obsessed is an understatement.

Yellow curry w/ tofu

Yellow curry w/ tofu

THAI VEGAN

15614 Huebner Road
San Antonio, TX 78248

Wed-Mon: 11am - 9pm
Closed Tuesday

Phone: (210) 257-0090

If at First You Don't Succeed Thai Thai Again
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Today, I'd like to talk about a glorious woman who long ago became an extra member of my family. When I first moved to California in 2009, I didn't have a job or any prospects. My partner at the time was trying to build a career and I was down to do something completely different. Up until that time, I had never lived outside of Texas. I had never been so far away from family and friends. That time was the beginning of a hugely transformative experience for me.

It was in the midst of a recession, so I could not find work anywhere. I applied for office jobs, waitress jobs, grocery stores...anything I could find. After three years, I took a deep breath and decided to apply to my favorite health food store at the time, Clark's Nutrition.  This is where I met Erika. Erika was this wildly gorgeous and inappropriate woman, and I knew from two seconds in that I wanted to be her friend. She started out as my boss and trainer, the almighty standard for front end department heads. She taught me so much about hard work and maintaining a work-life balance. Our friendship grew from those early days of working together.

Passionfruit tea w/ boba and jellies

Passionfruit tea w/ boba and jellies

Shortly after I got divorced, I moved to Cathedral City into a loft that was maybe 5 minutes away from her. This is where our friendship solidified. Through breakups and makeups, depression, joy, the wild DGAF-ness of our late twenties...Erika has stood by me through it all. She was one of the first people to help me out when I broke my spine and couldn't drive myself to the grocery store. She checked on me everyday. To this day, when I visit her, she always makes me leave with food and beauty products. She is the Kramer to my Jerry. I am the Wilson to her Tim "The Toolman" Taylor.

My favorite thing about Erika is that she loves food! Thai food is her favorite and we spent many a night bonding over beers and sticky rice with mango. Today's post is dedicated to those vibrant memories with my homie for lyfe. She is my sister from another mister, and I love her so completely.

Spicy basil leaves w/ tofu

Spicy basil leaves w/ tofu

Green curry w/ eggplant & tofu

Green curry w/ eggplant & tofu

For today's MoFo, I wanted to feature my FAVORITE vegan spot ever: Thai Vegan. However, they were temporarily closed due to a gas outage. I almost cried.

Instead, my partner and I opted for Thai Dee. Very delicious but you absolutely need to ask about each dish. Some of their dishes have fish sauce, but they will gladly remove it if you ask them. And you can replace every meat on the menu with delightful tofu.

Featured above: Ryan got the spicy basil dish, which has bamboo shoots, peppers, onions, and Thai basil. I got my go to favorite in Thai food: eggplant. The green curry has peppers, onions, eggplant, and Thai basil. Yummy!

And for good measure, we stopped for boba at Viva Pho on the way home. It was all right, but I think there are more expansive boba spots in San Anto. When I lived in California, Erika and I used to frequent this Asian market called Fil-Am. I loved to get boba there on occasion.

This one's for you, Erika! Thank you for being the woman who literally pushes misogynists out  of the way. Thank you for all the beer buzzed adventures wandering around Target. Thank you for epic Easter hunt adventures. Tell Mason, Nibs, and Dirty I love them. Tell Chris...he's a'ight.