Eating to Live on the Outside: Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine

Quick! I need to catch a plane. This week Eating to Live on the Outside heads to Seattle to check out Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine. It looks pretty good, but not perfect.

Jhanjay’s menu is loaded with vegetables, no doubt about that, but a lot of the food is stir-fried, which is a problem. So, with that in mind, here’s a quick list of things I might order:

Vegetarian Rolls

  • Fresh mint, green leaves, carrots, cucumbers, rice noodles, tofu, wrapped in rice paper and served with homemade sauce; the noodles and rice paper make it iffy.

House Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, red cabbage and house dressing; looks cool, but dressing on the side.

Papaya Salad

  • Shaved green papaya, carrots, tomatoes, green beans and peanuts tossed with lime juice; I order this everywhere I go!

Larb Tofu

  • Chopped tofu, mushrooms, red onions, mint, chili, lime juice, cabbage and toasted rice powder; I’d ditch the rice powder.

Mango Salad

  • Sliced green mango, apple, carrots, roasted peanuts, fresh herbs and tamarind sauce; I like this too!

Sweet and Sour

  • Onions, bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and pineapple stir-fried with sweet and sour sauce; lots of veggies, but the stir-frying stinks.

Broccoli Lover’s

  • Garlic, broccoli, onions, carrots and mushrooms stir-fried oyster sauce; same deal with the stir-frying.

Swimming Rama

  • Stir-fried spinach, bean sprouts and garlic topped with peanut sauce; love that spinach.

Abundant Asparagus

  • Mushroom cake, asparagus and shitake mushrooms stir-fried in garlic sauce; I have no idea what mushroom cake is, but asparagus rocks!

Mountains of Mushrooms

  • Portobello, enoki, ceps and shitake mushrooms stir-fried in special light garlic sauce; I do like mushrooms.

Jhanjay does serve up a lot of vegetables, but if I had to pick, I’m staying away from the stir-fries and going with the house salad or the papaya salad. Odds are it’d be the papaya. It’s too hard to pass up.

Okay, I know its Saturday and you might be hung over or too tired, but if you have a second, scan through Jhanjay’s menu and let me know what you’d order. Hint-hint, go with the papaya salad!

Image credit: Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine