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Weekend Food Choices Week 14: Fiery Canteen Dinner

It was a rainy Saturday and hubby was craving for Thai food.

We heard there was a new Thai place in town, (and when we say new, we mean somewhere we haven’t eaten before *snicker*), so we headed to home depot for our fiery dinner.

We got to Khao Pad an hour before closing time and on entering i was a bit surprised that the former UP Thai Canteen still looked like a canteen

After placing our orders we were ushered to the second floor and joyfully, we found out that the canteen facade had a nicer dining area

This got us all excited that the food would not be so canteen-ie after all!

After about 10 minutes our orders started to come in

Pad Thai

The first thing i thought when this dish arrived was how pale the noodles were.  As i expected the pad thai was a little on the bland side, it was hot yes, but definitely needed a little more flavor.

Por Pia Tod

Honestly, ive tasted better spring rolls.
Tom Yum

The tom yum was pretty good, standard, but good.  However, we noted too much veggies in the soup that usually don’t belong in tom yum.  Hubby, allergic to veggies that he is, noticed this right away.

Pork Curry

We noted that our pork curry had equal amount of pork and green beans.  The flavor of this dish was however much better than the pad thai.

Khao Pad

Our rice came last.  Ive never had Khao Pad before but it was sticky spicy rice with tomatoes, cabbage, spring onions, chillies and egg.  It was a little bland as well, and if this is how khao pad tastes like, I definitely would prefer bagoong fried rice any day.

Dinner was filling.

Yes, it could be better …but its definitely good enough for canteen dishes!


August 30, 2009 - Posted by | Gastronomic experience, Weekend Food Choices | ,


  1. there’s a new thai place along Granada St., Ortigas (near Mien San) it’s called Thai Dara.
    But they’re open only from 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 11-ish pm 🙂

    Comment by jp | August 30, 2009 | Reply

  2. thanx for the tip JP! we’ll go and try that place out.

    Comment by mrs lavendula | September 1, 2009 | Reply

  3. Have you been to Sala Thai near PWU in Malate? The food is gorgeously authentic and the prices are reasonable. It was where I went to celebrate when I passed my thesis defense! 😀

    Comment by Midge | September 2, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hi Midge! thanx for the tip!

    Comment by mrs lavendula | September 8, 2009 | Reply

  5. tried this place, didnt really like it….

    Comment by mike | September 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hi mike, i agree, if you’re looking for real thai food, this is not the place to go. If you’re hungry and want fairly good canteen cooked food then this place may just fill you up.

    Comment by mrs lavendula | September 9, 2009 | Reply

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    Comment by Bill Bartmann | September 22, 2009 | Reply

  8. thaidara on granada street is good. i tried it there last week. why don’t you guys check it out.

    Comment by jimmy | September 26, 2009 | Reply

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