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Thai cuisine

Kitchen Q & A: Chef Nuit Regular

The chef of Pai Northern Thai Kitchen shows off the diversity of Thailand’s cuisine at her newest restaurant, Kiin

Why open another restaurant after Pai’s success?

I wanted to introduce styles of Thai food that people in Toronto had yet to try, and to offer a variety of foods from across Thailand. There are southern dishes, dishes from the northeast, royal Thai cuisine and many others.

What’s your favourite dish to make at Kiin?

Right now it’s wing bean salad. It’s a dish that I make with tom yum paste: a chilli paste that I make from scratch. I went back to Thailand to eat lots of wing bean salads, to learn, and then I came back and made this dish.

What’s an ingredient unique to Kiin?

We use buffalo Thai basil. My mom used to cook with it when she made food like Kua Hang Gai for me and the neighbours. I tried to get the basil in Toronto, but no one sold it here, so I had to search for a supplier and order it in from Thailand.

Kiin is located at 326 Adelaide St. W., kiintoronto.com.

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Photo: Phil Crozier, courtesy Ox and Angela

Heaven Artisan GF Cuisine
There’s no chance of cross contamination here, because every single thing on the menu is gluten free. The restaurant serves fresh, international fare with a Venezuelan twist, and there’s lots of dairy-free and vegan options available as well. (more…)

Hot Dining: Thai Fare Favourite

photo by Craig Moy

It just got easier to taste some of Toronto’s best Thai cuisine. Husband and wife restaurateurs Jeff and Nuit Regular have opened a more accessible offshoot of their tiny Sukhothai. In the heart of the Entertainment District, Khao San Road, serves up a full carte of chef Nuit’s lauded dishes. Chief among them are her pad Thai ($12 to $16)—which causes one to forget the ketchup-saturated versions that are all to prevalent in this city—and khao soi, which balances sweet and spicy in a bowl of beef or chicken with noodles and coconut milk ($13). Velvety Thai-style iced tea makes for a refreshing palate cleanser.