277 Main Street
Pricing: Cheap – Average
Cuisine: Authentic Thai
Type: Casual Restaurant/Take-out
*dishes may appear different
With Thai Express being the only shop in town that offered Thai food, Fredericton needed something to shake things up a bit and show them how it’s really done. In comes Thai Spice, a family-owned restaurant that offers “The true taste of Thai”.
It’s a very laid-back atmosphere so you approach the cashier first, order, then sit. If you have any questions, feel free to ask the staff, they love helping out.
Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, you have to try the Thai Spice Dumplings. Pork and ginger dumplings topped with peanut sauce and sesame seeds make it to die for! You’ll come back for more every time.
When you order a dish, you have the option of making it a combo (which is a drink and an Imperial Roll). Fret not vegetarians, there is no meat so you can have it as well. The egg shell is crunchy and the sweet and sour sauce compliments it nicely. A combo comes with one while an appetizer comes with two.
Technically, Thai Spice Fried Dumplings aren’t on the menu but you can ask for them. Some say it’s better but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Instead of peanut sauce, this is served with a side of sweet and sour sauce. An order comes with six.
Almost all dishes come with your choice of vegetable, chicken, beef or shrimp. I prefer beef so you’ll mostly see beef in this post.
The Pad Thai is what most people start with and is a great dish for beginners. It’s rice noodles stir-fried in a sweet and tangy sauce with a medley of vegetables.
The Pad Siew is similar to the Pad Thai but is more salty and sweet. The rice noodles are thicker and there are less vegetables. I prefer this over the Pad Thai and this was my go-to dish. There is no broccoli in the actual dish, instead you’ll find yu choy.
I’ve recommended the Kuay Tiew Tom Yam* to just about everyone and the ones that tried it always went back for more. It’s rice noodles in a mildly spicy coconut milk and chicken broth mixture. I can’t eat spicy foods but I will hold out for this dish because it’s that good.
*It’s pronounced TOM-YUM but is written as tom yam.
Aside from the Pad Thai, the Crispy General Tao Chicken is probably the second most popular dish. And with the chicken so tender and the batter so crunchy, why wouldn’t it be? I love how it’s the perfect blend of sweet and sour; mostly sweet.
The Crispy Sesame Beef is very similar to the Tao chicken, it’s just tweaked a little bit so that it’s sweeter. I prefer the Tao though, the taste isn’t as strong and there’s a bigger crunch.
The Thai Spice Fried Fish is a staff favourite but not so much with customers. People assume it’s a steamed fish but it’s actually more or a sweet and sour fish and chips. It’s crunchy and tender like the others and has a strong kick. Personally, I find it a little too sour though but it may just be me.
I’m not a huge fan of spicy foods because I can’t handle it but like the tom yum, it’s so good that you have to eat it at least once. Thai Spice has three different types of curries but the Red Curry is the best one because it’s smoother and a tad sweeter.
The Green Curry is sharper and to be honest, the two aren’t too different except for the colour. The other one is the stir-fried basil (not pictured) and isn’t as wet as the previous two.
I was expecting the Thai Spice Fried Rice to be similar to something I’ve tried before but it’s very unique. There is basil stirred in there and boy does that make a difference! It gives it a mild minty taste and I love how the rice doesn’t clump together.
You won’t be able to try this anytime soon but have you every tried freshly battered and fried chicken? It is to die for!
As of right now, they don’t deliver just yet but for now, you can call ahead and order for pick-up.