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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

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Sara - May 30, 2009 2:11 PM

Stir-fried is a bit better than deep fried. Oil is one of the problems with eating out. Hung over?? Nutritarians?

Marissa - May 30, 2009 2:52 PM

I live in Seattle, Araya vegwetarian Thai is 1000 times better than Jhanjay.

I too love the green papaya salad and mango salad at Thai places. But they aren't perfect. both contain sugar. Hopefully palm sugar, but it is still sugar. Many Thai sauces use sugar.

Personally I just try to do the best I can and recognize that when I eat out it is a treat. I am not going to stress about it. If I want to eat food that I can control that much then I just make it at home. I do try to live a little. Seems to me that in Thailand there are many people who live a long time, and are still able to eat the Thai cuisine. I just try to stick with the authentically prepared dishes and don't worry overmuch. But do try Araya! The pumpkin curry is absolute heaven.

Gary - June 2, 2009 9:20 PM

Authentic green papaya salad, or som tam in Thai, is made with palm sugar, dried shrimp, which can be omitted; however, most all Thai food has tons of salt, which is mixed in with the sweet (sugar), sour (lime juice), hot (chilies) and it blends in but one must be aware of the very high salt content in most Thai food; even though it tastes wonderful.

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