Sacramento certainly seems to have its share of Thai restaurants. Everywhere I turn, a new Thai restaurant magically appears. I expect to try out several of them so I can write about them for his blog, but the one I'm going to start with is Chada Thai Cuisine.
One of the things I like best about Chada Thai Cuisine is that several of their dishes are designed so the diner can choose which type of protein to include. For me, of course, the choice is always tofu. I used to resist ordering any of their curry dishes, assuming that they contained fish sauce, but I asked the server during my most recent visit to Chada Thai Cuisine, and she said that they don't use fish sauce in their curries.
That opened up a whole new world for me, so I ordered the Panang Curry, which consists of tofu, coconut milk, green beans, bell peppers, carrots, basil, and kaffir leaves, served with white rice. It was fabulous! The coconut milk made it taste so rich and so sweet that I almost felt as though I was eating dessert. I probably shouldn't admit this, but I kept eating long after I was full just because I enjoyed the taste so much. The server didn't ask which level of spice I wanted (medium, hot, or Thai hot), so I assume my dish had medium spice. At any rate, whichever level of spice I had added just the right kick to my meal.
I should also mention the soup I was served before the curry. It was a coconut milk soup with tofu and bamboo shoots, and it was also quite delicious.
Another excellent dish I've had at Chada Thai Cuisine is the Pad Ma Kua, which is grilled eggplant sauteed with soy sauce, garlic, basil, bell peppers, onions, carrots, baby corn, and mushrooms.
The Chada Thai Cuisine menu includes several different sauteed dishes and curries, all of which can be made with tofu. A vegan could eat there for a long time without ordering the same item twice!
Chada Thai Cuisine is located at 1624 Broadway. Their phone number is 916-444-8909, and their website address is www.chadathaisacramento.com. They are open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, they are open from noon until 9:30 p.m.