PaaDee Happy Hour

I have been meaning to visit the restaurant PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี (it’s name means bringing good things) ever since I heard the name and their desire to provide authentic street food and home food from Thailand. Yet, it was only recently that I finally got around to it. I had been hearing amazing things about their restaurant within a restaurant, Lang Baan (which means back of the house) and decided I couldn’t go to Lang Baan until I had experienced where it began, PaaDee.
PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี in Portland PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี in Portland

This restaurant definitely lives up to its name. I was having a very mixed day- sad, irritated, annoyed, introspective. By the end of my happy hour visit, I was in good spirits. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

First of all, what a deal! Happy hour is only served 5-6pm in the dining room, but is served all night at the bar??!! Wow.
PaaDee Thai comfort food Happy Hour Menu

The happy hour items include 6 snacks and 3 dishes which you would normally find from street cart in Northern Thai cities (most of my experience has been in Chiang Mai, with a little in  Bangkok). Of the 9 items, I sampled

  • Muu ping, a grilled pork skewer.
    PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี, Muu ping, a pork skewer
  • Neua Yang, a steak and sticky rice appetizer
    PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี, Neua Yang, a steak and sticky rice appetizer
  • Peek gai tod, fried wings glazed in Sriracha fish sauce. If you come here, you must get this, happy hour or not.
    PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี, Peek gai tod, fried wings glazed in Sriracha fish sauce. If you come here, you must get this, happy hour or not.

In terms of cocktails, I tried 2 of the happy hour cocktails: the Strawberry Pineapple Infused Shochu, on the rock was refreshing with a bit of sweet citrus that made it way too easy to drink. The next was The Waterfall cocktail, with Jinro shochu, shrub, muddled cucumber, lemon and thyme which I thought was the better drink personally
PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี, a happy hour cocktail of Strawberry Pineapple Infused Shochu, on the rocks PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี The Waterfall cocktail, with Jinro shochu, shrub, muddled cucumber, lemon and thyme

Not on the happy hour menu, but we continued on anyway…
PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี in Portland, menu

Tao hoo tod, fried tofu with crushed peanuts and white sesame sauce. This was ok- I think I’ve had better, especially considering some high quality fresh tofu that is available in Portland. This was the only time I thought their sauces fell short, as I enjoyed all the other sauce accompaniments you see in this post.
PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี, Tao hoo Tod, fried tofu with crushsed peanuts and white sesame sauce

Kanom gui chai, which are pan fried chinese chive cakes served with a sour soy sauce. These chive cakes were the size of my palm. And there were 3 of them! Yay! I was happy that F got to try these because often the best dishes in a Thai restaurant are not vegetarian friendly (ahem- see the fried wings above), but these are vegetarian and really good! I have a real soft spot for anything with gui chai, which are chinese chives. I’ve only seen them sold in Asian markets so I don’t usually get to cook with them.
PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี, Kanom gui chai (3) ขนมกุ่ยช่าย -pan fried chinese chive cake, sour soy sauce

Kanom Jeen Gang Keaw Gai, a green curry noodles dish with chicken usually (but we substituted tofu), Thai eggplant, bamboo shoot, red bell peppers, grachai and basil. Gang Kiew means green curry, and the Kanom Jeen refer to these thin white noodles. This is the way my mom serves green curry when she makes it.
PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี, Gang keaw tofu แกงเขียวหวานเต้าหู้- Kanom Jeen Gang Keaw Gai, a green curry noodles dish with chicken usually (but we substituted tofu), Thai eggplant, bamboo shoot, red bell peppers, grachai and basil. Gang Kiew means green curry, and the Kanom Jeen refer to these thin white noodles PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี, Gang keaw tofu แกงเขียวหวานเต้าหู้- Kanom Jeen Gang Keaw Gai, a green curry noodles dish with chicken usually (but we substituted tofu), Thai eggplant, bamboo shoot, red bell peppers, grachai and basil. Gang Kiew means green curry, and the Kanom Jeen refer to these thin white noodles PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี, Gang keaw tofu แกงเขียวหวานเต้าหู้- Kanom Jeen Gang Keaw Gai, a green curry noodles dish with chicken usually (but we substituted tofu), Thai eggplant, bamboo shoot, red bell peppers, grachai and basil. Gang Kiew means green curry, and the Kanom Jeen refer to these thin white noodles

F was very patient with me as I tried to follow through with my goal from the last Portland Bloggers workshop which was focused on photography and practice with more kinds of shots that try to tell a story with the food.

I definitely want to come back- but I got full all on appetizers so had no room for the other dishes that caught my eye, mainly the Gai Grop Sam Yan with crispy chicken, cashews, scallions and dry chilies over rice and the Plaa trout tod nahm pla, which this fried whole trout with fish sauce sounds just like what my family would order, but it also comes with apple salsa so.. what? I want to see what this is!

Everything I had did remind me of something I would expect to taste in Thailand, so it was very authentic. The flavors are a complex mix of what Thai palates look for- salty, sour, spicy, sweet. The atmosphere doesn’t have the real Thai feel/charm that Andy Ricker’s Sen Yai does, but honestly neither does Pok Pok (and this doesn’t hae the hustle bustle and long wait Pok Pok does). Honestly the fact I am comparing it equally with Andy Ricker and with Thai street food in actual Thailand says it all.

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Comments

  1. OMGOSH! I need to try this place!

  2. YUM! I totally want to go. Ended up going to the old stand-by, Jake’s, with my friend. It was just right for a first meeting — no muss, no fuss. Next time we’ll try something more adventurous. I really want to try Bollywood Theatre now!

  3. This looks delicious! I can never pass up a good happy hour

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