A cool new place to get traditional Thai food has opened in Metro Vancouver
Chef Nutcha Phanthoupheng uses her experience as a former nurse and cancer researcher to create fresh, elegant and authentic Thai dishes at her new restaurant in the Steveston community in Richmond.
Baan Lao, which is located along the waterfront east of the village’s main business area (but certainly within walking distance), opened earlier in 2021, but soon found itself in having to close its doors to customers due to restrictions in British Columbia aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Now, Baan Lao has launched a take-out and delivery service for lunch and dinner, including combination meals as well as a la carte options, all highlighting the restaurant’s emphasis on fresh ingredients. from farm to fork.
“We want to trace the origin of all our food – land, sea and farm to table,” Baan Lao explains on his website. In fact, Baan Lao backs up his philosophy by stating where all of the restaurant’s ingredients come from, like the organic rice they use, which was grown in the family’s rice fields in Khon Kaen, Thailand.
In the Fraser Valley, Baan Lao sources organic pork, beef, chicken and duck from Sumas Mountain Farms and obtains Thai basil from a producer in Langley.
However, Baan Lao also grew up in the restaurant; they have a green roof and a green wall to keep them in the coolest greens possible.
Everything on the menu is homemade, with one exception: the fish sauce.
In line with the pedigrees of the ingredients, Phanthoupheng has an impressive resume, having received training from the Thai iron chief as well as the head of the Thai royal family, in addition to having received formal training in certification and diploma programs. in Thailand.
New take-out options for lunch and dinner
The Baan Lao menu is typically presented – when dining restrictions aren’t in place – as an upscale, multi-course tasting experience aimed at taking you and your taste buds to Thailand without leaving Richmond.
For the take-out program, Baan Lao offers sets such as the Half Thai Rotisserie Chicken, along with a tender and juicy organic chicken which is a family favorite recipe. The colonel had better come, because this chicken is marinated for 24 hours in a special mixture of 17 Thai herbs and spices. The result: a main course worthy of an irresistible craving that ticks all the boxes of good take-out and Thai cuisine, with its sweet, sour, salty and spicy touches. As an accompaniment, a refreshing salad of green papaya and rice, with Baan Lao’s Chaa Ma Naao, a home-made, sweet and sour Thai iced tea.
Available for lunch and dinner, the Take-Out Chicken Set is a great introduction to Baan Lao, however, you can complement your meal with menu items like Phat Thai, the classic dish of rice noodles in a sauce. tamarind with plump shrimp and tofu and egg bites. The noodle dish is sturdy without being heavy, and tastes great like cold leftovers right out of the box (ideally eaten standing in front of the fridge, you know the exercise).
For take-out dinner, Baan Lao offers three additional three-course meal sets, one each focused on celebrating the land, sea, and field, as well as options from the a la carte menu.
The name Baan Lao means “our home”, and that welcoming atmosphere is evident even though the furthest you will get these days is at the main entrance to pick up your take out order. The staff are friendly and courteous, and you might just end up, as I did, chatting with another customer who is already a big fan of Baan Lao dishes and the care taken in selecting quality ingredients. superior.
A peek inside the light and airy dining room with cool pops of bright green and the large windows overlooking the river – followed by a taste of their packaged food to go
Take-out food is available in Baan Lao Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Baan Lao is located at 4100 Bayview Street in Richmond.