President Thai Restaurant – Pasadena CA

>>This blog entry originally posted at http://foodtruckadventure.com <<

Years ago when the San Gabriel Valley was the hubs’ area at work, we used to  go toPresident Thai – Pasadena for lunch and dinners (pre-blogging years). I’ve always found the food good and authentic.

President Thai Pasadena

Recently we got the chance to revisit the restaurant twice in a week and I’m glad the exterior aesthetics hasn’t changed.

entrance

I have always liked the intricate wood carvings that’s part of the design theme.

interior

close up of wood carvings

While you’re waiting for somebody to take your order or while waiting for the food to arrive, you can feast your eyes on the decor, the intricacies of the wood carvings or if it’s not your thing you can always pull out your phone.

So these are some of the dishes we had on those two days that we came by for dinner (because I neglected to take a picture of the dessert).

rice

Anyhoo, I love how most Asian restaurants have really elaborate rice serving bowls and  this is no exception.  Look at the intricacies on the metalwork.

Crabmeat Fried Rice $9.95
Crabmeat Fried Rice $9.95

The Crabmeat Fried Rice has both real and imitation crab meat. This one though has more real than imitation. This is already a meal in itself.

Chu Chi Shrimp $13.95 - pan fried shrimp in red curry and coconut milk
Chu Chi Shrimp $13.95 – pan fried shrimp in red curry and coconut milk

The Chu Chi Shrimp in this establishment is quite different from those in other restaurants. Their version is less creamier, more bite (chili factor) despite the fact that we asked it to be “mild” on the spiciness scale. Taste-wise it is really good. Chu Chi Shrimp has always been a family favorite and this one garners a thumbs-up from the troop.

Chicken (White Meat) Panang Curry $10.95 - all white meat chicken, red curry in coconut milk and peanut sauce
Chicken (White Meat) Panang Curry $10.95 – all white meat chicken, red curry in coconut milk and peanut sauce

Another family favorite is Panang Curry and we ordered it in all white meat chicken. The sauce (like that of Chu Chi Shrimp) is less creamier although it’s not lacking in taste. This time however, I prefer the creamier version.

President's BBQ Duck $11.95 - stir fried BBQ duck with chili, bell peppers, onions and basil
President’s BBQ Duck $11.95 – stir fried BBQ duck with chili, bell peppers, onions and basil

The President’s BBQ Duck is special. The vege combo balances out the richness of the duck. A balanced dish showcasing the duck.

Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Pork $11.95
Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Pork $11.95
another view of Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Pork $11.95
another view of Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Pork $11.95

We had the Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Pork on both instances that we were there. That in itself would tell you how much we loved the dish. The crispy pork just elevated the dish from being just another vegetable dish. I would order this again and again. And President Thai’s version has a very high meat to vegetable ratio. The best in this regard compared to it’s counterpart in Thai Town and the San Fernando Valley.

Chicken and Pork Satay $9.95
Chicken and Pork Satay $9.95

We had the Chicken and Pork Satay on the recommendation of our server. It was an ok dish. Nothing extraordinary. Peanut sauce was good.

Overall, our return visits just proved that while it may not be my favorite Thai restaurant in the world, it is a solid choice when you’re in that side of town. You can always count on to have good service and their restrooms are clean. They do have a parking space but on busy nights it might be a problem but they now have a very courteous parking attendant that helps with parking issues.

President Thai
498 S. Rosemead Blvd.
Pasadena, CA
open daily 11a-10p
626-578-9814
http://www.president-thai.com

xo, Emilie
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