There’s a new kid on the block, the Strathcona County block that is. And what does this new kid do? Offer the best authentic Thai cuisine I’ve ever had outside of Thailand. Honestly. But let us clear up some facts before we get too carried away here.
Tommy is not in fact a kid, but rather an extremely hard-working man who loves food, takes pride in his Thai culture, and wants to share it with everyone. I remember my own youthful days of going to school all day, then working a serving job at night, but there is no way that would happen in this day and age. Absolutely not possible. Which brings me to my first commending point about Tommy – he is one hard-working individual, and his hard work and passion is evident in his food.
Located on the eastern end of Wye Road in Sherwood Park, Sawaddee sits in a quiet strip mall, tucked away out of plain sight. The outside is very modest looking, with photographs of Thai dishes along the windows. Once inside, the bright colors and comfortable Thai decor will leave you pleasantly surprised. Magenta chairs and purple colored walls complement each other, while a gorgeous elephant picture hangs on one of the walls. Thai mats line the tables, and if you’re afraid of missing the basketball game on TV, Tommy has you covered.
What I love most about Sawaddee’s menu is that it doesn’t just serve the regular stuff. Yes there are curries, stir frys, and noodle dishes, but what makes this restaurant stand out from the rest is the appetizers and salads. From homemade curry puffs to Thai sausage, Sawaddee will give you a taste of something you’ve never had before.
Let’s start with the minced pork toasts, kanom pang na moo. These delicious toasts have a layer of minced pork spread on top, which is then gently deep-fried. They are salty and slightly sweet, and comes with a delicious relish crudite mixture of cucumbers, red onions, and a syrupy sauce which reminds me of Japanese mirin. Combine the two and you have a perfect medley of flavors. Don’t let the boring name fool you. These toasts are everything but.
Sawaddee Thai Cuisine #190, 664 Wye Road Sherwood Park 780-570-1999