Bob Likes Thai Food

In the last week of November, my uncle decided to visit from Korea–for something like five days. That sounds short (and it was), but maybe you’ll see it in a different light once I reveal that he’s a flight attendant. The life of a flight attendant is quite tiring, as you can imagine, and he really just came to get some rest. Still, since it’s not like we see him everyday, we wanted to take him somewhere nice for dinner, although it wasn’t like we could introduce him to some brand new cuisine, since he’s travelled most of the world already. I did have a coupon for Tropika from ChineseBites, but my parents weren’t convinced when I mentioned Tropika is Chinese-run. Still, it got us thinking about the possibility of Southeast Asian food, and we ended up driving out to Bob Likes Thai Food, serving up (relatively) authentic Thai food on Main Street.

In comparison to Korean and Japanese food, I don’t have as tight a grasp on Thai food, and I was glad to have my uncle with us. Bangkok is one of his favourite cities to visit, and he became the unofficial judge of authenticity and taste that night. It was also my brother’s first time trying Thai food, so it was a special night in more ways than one.

DSC_0017First up, we had the Chicken Satay ($4.50 for 2 skewers). We had 2 orders. (I was hoping they’d add an extra skewer for free considering we were a party of five, but oh well). This was the requisite chicken marinated in a blend of spices and coconut milk, served with a peanut dipping sauce. Out of all the dishes we sampled, I felt the least enthusiastic about this one. The chicken was surprisingly tough and dry, and it was too salty for my tastes. I did like the peanut sauce though, which was quite thick and flavourful. Still, it wasn’t enough to liven up the dryness of the chicken.

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My uncle insisted we order the Tom Yum Koong ($5 for a small, $10 for a large), so we decided on a small. The broth tasted strongly of lemongrass, and the soup included prawns and button mushrooms. We thought it would have tasted better if it came out a bit hotter, but it was good nevertheless. My brother, having never had tom yum koong before, was a bit put off by the taste of lemongrass at first, but he grew to really enjoy it, saying that it complemented the curry very well. Although I thought the lemongrass flavour was strong, my uncle insisted that it was quite mild compared to what he’d actually enjoyed in Thailand, so I suppose they are catering to Vancouver tastebuds a bit.

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Speaking of that curry, we had the Green Curry Chicken ($11.50), a coconut milk-based green curry with chicken, basil, eggplant and bamboo shoots. It was coconutty and gingery, and tasted much better than it looked. The chicken and eggplant were in large slices, although we would have preferred thinner slices in hindsight. Although the curry itself was thick and tasted mostly of coconut, the aftertaste was surprisingly spicy, and eating it together with our jasmine rice and the tom yum koong was perfect. This was probably one of our favourite dishes of the night.

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You can measure a Korean restaurant by their kimchi, and apparently you can measure a Thai restaurant by their Pad Thai ($12). This version had all the usual ingredients: fried rice noodles, prawns, pressed tofu, peanuts, egg, and bean sprouts. This was, simply, delicious. I loved how they relied on tamarind sauce, not ketchup, to bring out a sweet and sour flavour. The dish as a whole was not too wet, and the noodles themselves were chewy, with the crunchiness of the peanuts complementing them well. This was our favourite dish of the night, aside from the green curry.
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Next up, we had more noodles in the Pad Si Ew ($12), fried rice noodles with vegetables and pork. It was a little salty, but it still tasted fine, although it seemed to be my family’s least favourite dish of the day. Personally, I enjoyed it, but I’ve always been partial to flat noodles (I have many childhood memories of eating chow fun back when we lived in the Silicon Valley). The noodles here were cooked well, being chewy, but the primarily salty sauce itself overpowered the other ingredients. It was also greasier than the pad thai, but not overly so.
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 For my dad, we ordered the Chicken Cashew Nut ($12), chicken sauteed with cashew nuts, roasted chili, onion, bell peppers, garlic, and carrots. There were a lot of carrots, as you can see, which wasn’t included in the description. The chili flavour wasn’t very strong, but the nuts were crispy, and the chicken was sufficiently moist after having soaked up the sauce. Compared to the other dishes, though, we weren’t as enthusiastic about this one, although it was still acceptable.
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 We also had the Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice) ($11.50), fried rice with egg, onion, tomato and chicken. The rice was great, and tasted predominantly sweet, probably from the combination of egg and onion. Being Korean, my family was a little put off by the combination of tomato and rice at first, but we ended up really liking it anyway. We all liked how the rice was nicely moist, but not too oily, which is often the case with fried rice.
DSC_0022Lastly, we had the Jasmine Rice ($1.50) to accompany the green curry. This was freshly cooked and came in a larger portion than I thought it would be. When we were ordering, the waitress warned us that the amount of rice wouldn’t be enough for the five of us, and I suppose she was right. Still, with the amount of dishes we ordered, the rice was a perfect portion for the five of us. The rice itself wasn’t too fragrant and helped to downplay the bold flavours in the curry.

The five of us were very impressed by this dinner at Bob Likes Thai Food. The washrooms were clean, and the waitresses were attentive, filling the water regularly without being obtrusive. Despite my limited knowledge of Thai cuisine, I found the flavours satisfyingly bold. Still, I saw a lack of seafood on the menu, which would be my one complaint. But still, my final verdict is: In Hye likes Bob Likes Thai Food.

Bob Likes Thai Food
3755 Main Street
Vancouver, BC

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  2. […] of Thai food about a year ago, which is when my uncle visited us in Vancouver and we had dinner at Bob Likes Thai Food. From then on, I’ve been enamoured of Thai food, and regularly try out new places in […]


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