Thai Ladies, Thai Lunch: Thai Square, St Albans

During half term, my mum, Annabelle and I went to visit two close family friends in St Albans. Together we were five Thai ladies, three generations and two families at one place, Thai Square.

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The restaurant is a beautiful mix of Thai and English, modern and traditional. The owner, although not Thai, upholds and respects the Buddhas and Ganesha (Ganesh) on display by leaving offerings of milk, orange juice, banana and food.

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You may notice that Ganesh is a Hindu God. My mum, like some Thais pay their respects and pray to many religious deities from around the world. In addition to Ganesh my mum also prays to the Chinese goddess, Guanyin (Phra Mae Kuan Im in Thailand) and Luang Por Khong (a Chinese Monk who helps you find things that you have misplaced). Followers of Guanyin, like my mum do not eat beef. I’m told that this is because cows and buffalo used to work hard on the paddy fields in Asia and it would be unkind to slaughter them after their service for the people.

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We chose a selection of dishes from the lunch specials and à la carte menus. We ordered duck spring rolls, Thai ice tea, and Gai Yang (barbecued chicken) with Som Tum salad (papaya salad) and sticky rice.

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Below left is the Pad Thai prawn with an egg net placed on top. Pictured next to it is tapioca balls with a minced pork filling. It is similar to the Japanese Mochi I wrote about in a previous post, however this is a savoury dish. You don’t need cutlery to eat these, you take one of the little balls, place it in the middle of a lettuce leaf and pop into your mouth.

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The lunchtime set meal resembled a Japanese Bento Box with Tom Yum prawn soup, a spring roll, satay chicken, a vegetable ‘golden bag’, steamed rice, stir-fried mixed vegetables and a main dish. We had stir-fried mince pork with basil and chilli.

The service at Thai Square was first class. Friendly, welcoming and never too busy to assist. A great atmosphere to eat authentic Thai food. What’s your favourite Thai meal and have you tried the pork tapioca dish I mentioned?

Bx

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6 thoughts on “Thai Ladies, Thai Lunch: Thai Square, St Albans

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    So many statues and Thai decorations. Love how the small statues are carrying tiny mugs(?). I’ve hardly seen a Thai restaurant decked out like this! I was wondering is bento-box common in authentic Thai food? A lot of Thai restaurants here in Melbourne are somewhat westernised – a lot of crispy, fried Thai food on the menu to suit the western palate.

    I haven’t eaten much Thai food as a lot of it is spicy and I get reflux. I like pad thai if it’s not too spicy 🙂

    • Beth says:

      Bento-boxes aren’t common in authentic Thai food, but what I liked about the restaurant was the fusion of traditional and modern. The presentation was modern but the food was traditionally cooked.

      I think you would have been able to eat here. The pad Thai wasn’t spicy.

      If I remember correctly, they were holding tea light candles. Will have to check the photo.

      • Mabel Kwong says:

        Very good to hear that the food tasted authentic but was presented in a creative way – like the Bento box. Looks like they gave big portions too unlike a Thai restaurant I went to in Melbourne a couple of months ago. And looks like you ladies had a great time 🙂

      • Beth says:

        Portion size in the UK will depend on the restaurant. I’ve been to places that charge a lot of money for a ridiculously small portion of food. Thai Square and Silom Village (where I had the pink noodle soup) had such good portions that we couldn’t finish everything. We did have a lot of fun, glad it shows.

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