Taste of Thailand: Pad Thai Guy

We’ve had plenty of different cuisines of Asian origins from Vietnamese at Nguyen’s Kitchen to Taiwanese food at Din Tai Fung. Now it’s time to let our taste buds go to Thailand for this Delivery Happy Hour Adventure. I don’t have it nearly as much as I would have liked to but every time I have some it always pleases me.

Pad Thai Guy

One of Thailand’s most famous dishes is of course Pad Thai. Surprisingly this dish is not as old as you think in terms of how long other dishes have been seen throughout all of Asia. Pad Thai was invented in the 1930s by the Prime Minister at the time. For those of you that don’t know Thailand was originally called Siam and it was in the 1930s that the country started being called Thailand. To boost the nation’s identity, they wanted to create a national dish to help unite everyone plus bring the taste of Thailand to other nations. It’s interesting learning the origins of Nation’s dishes all across the world.

DAOU Vineyards Wine

But before we dive into the joys of Thai food let us move forward through time. I, unfortunately, was not able to craft up a new cocktail for this Adventure so I thought this would be a good opportunity to share with you some wine that I had gotten. As you know at work we tend to get spoiled a bit with DoorDash gift cards which help to fund my Delivery Adventures. But sometimes there are outside entities that send us gifts and hold events. One event that I was able to attend was a virtual wine tasting! As most of you are aware, I’m not much of a wine connoisseur, however, I won’t say no to free wine.

For the event, we received 3 bottles of wine! These weren’t just small tasting bottles. These were full bottles of wine straight from Daou Family Estate. It was created by the Daou brothers who were originally from Lebanon and escaped war and moved to France. This is where they started their wine-loving journey. It wasn’t until years and years later after being electrical and computer engineers that they decided to get into the vineyards and start making wine. With the minds of engineers and a love of wine, they combined both to be able to make the perfect bottle of wine. Technology would help test each cask of wine and the grapes to ensure only the best of the best was being made.

At this point, I have had both the Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Chardonnay is best served cold so one can’t taste the salinity and the alcohol. So once at the right temperature, the smell of it gives off notes of vanilla and oak while the taste brings on a crisp apple flavor. The Cabernet contains a mix of blue and purple fruits which are aged in casks for 30 months. It has a more fruit-forward taste and plenty of tannins for a great mouthfeel. Even though I’m not much of a wine drinker this wine has probably been some of the best I’ve ever tasted. I hope to try their Unbound wine which is a variety blend of Petite Sirah, Tannat, and Tempranillo soon.

Chicken Satay

Well, I’m sure you are ready to talk about food after reading that long bit of information on wine. First up is an appetizer that I remember fondly growing up. My family loved going to this Thai place close to home. One thing that we would always have to get was chicken satay. Satay is when you skewer a piece of meat onto a skewer, preferably one made of bamboo. It is then seasoned with a variety of different spices then they are grilled or roasted to order. What I love most about chicken satay is the peanut dipping sauce that is served on the side. It’s essentially like melted peanut butter with flavors of soy sauce and chili. The chicken was very flavorful and the sauce just added a nice sweet tang to the chicken. All of these elements together really do pair nicely with one another to create a great start to the Adventure.

Pad Thai

Now to the entrée of this Adventure. At first glance, this dish is not the prettiest thing to look at. It just has these grey tones to it which does not make it appetizing. Luckily you see the crushed peanuts which is an essential ingredient in the dish along with eggs and bean sprouts. Even though it has all the ingredients of a Pad Thai that doesn’t make it a good Pad Thai. I hate to be harsh but this has got to be the worst Pad Thai that I have ever had. It just lacked that bright flavor that I am always looking for in a plateful of Pad Thai. You would think for a place called Pad Thai Guy this Thai National dish would be the item to order at this restaurant. To my disappointment, this was not the case. I’m just glad the chicken satay helped to make this Adventure a little more bearable.

Website: DAOU Vineyards

For all the Thai Food lovers out there I have this question. What is your favorite Thai dish?

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends and family that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!

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