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Vanxai’s Lao Thai Restaurant

Red Curry at Vanxai's Lao Thai Restaurant

Red Curry at Vanxai's Lao Thai Restaurant

#34 Red Curry | Net carbs: ~10g

Order: #34 Red Curry no rice

For starters, this place gets bonus points for being open something close to regular business hours.  I don’t know what it is with Thai restaurants in this city and stupid hours, but I can’t count how many times I’ve wanted to go for Thai food at something crazy like 2pm on a Saturday, only to find the restaurant I had in mind was closed until 4pm (or some such thing).  If you’re hungry and it’s not the middle of the night, Vanxai’s is probably open.

Now, as for the food… it was quite good.  As you can probably tell from the picture, I like my food spicy.  Really, really spicy.  Fortunately, if you don’t like much spice, you can order this as a 1 (on the customary Thai food spicy scale) and it’ll be mild and wimpy, just like you like it. ;)   On my most recent visit the server remembered me and brought a small bowl of chilis to the table so I could spice up my already-maxed-out Red Curry.  It was pretty hot.  Not the hottest I’ve ever had, but pretty hot.

When I wasn’t choking and crying the server mentioned that next time he’ll *really* get them to spice it up for me.  I’m not sure what I’ve gotten myself into here, but I do like hot, so I’m actually kinda looking forward to my next visit to see just what their idea of “really hot” means.

There’s really not a whole lot of options for low carb here.  As with any Thai restaurant, almost everything has rice or noodles.  However, another good alternative if you’re not up for curry is the #41 Eggplant Satay. My similarly-low-carb friend ordered that and quite enjoyed it.  It had a TON of ground pork in it, and looked quite good.  I’d say I’d try it next time, but… the Red Curry calls to me. :)
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Josh Nekrep is a Winnipeg REALTOR currently on his own journey toward health and fitness.

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