Does the street food van Thai Basil serve the best Thai food in town?


Thai cuisine is a feast for all the senses – when done right, of course.

It must contain fresh, local and authentic international ingredients that have the ability to transport you to Thailand.

But it’s not all about the taste.

The best Thai dishes I have tasted to date have also won over with their appearance. They were dynamic and made me want to stay stuck from the start.

Julia and I had yet to review Thai cuisine as part of our ongoing Drive-Thru Diners series until recently visiting Thai Basil in Altens, Aberdeen.

After a reader recommended the street food van to us, we knew we had to fix our mistake and see if it was worth it.

Thai basil.

Thai basil: what is it and what do we offer?

Thai Basil is located on Souter Head Road in Altens.

This is a take-out street food van that serves an impressive variety of dishes, from honey chili chicken, sautéed mixed vegetables and beef in oyster sauce to shrimp pad thai, rolls of spring and chicken fried rice.

Everything is freshly prepared to order, according to the company menu, so you can be assured that your food will match the flavors.

Thai Basil’s chef has over 30 years of experience and is open 10am-2pm Monday-Friday.

If you want more information about the van or place an order for collection, call 07751 717611 or visit the Thai Basil Facebook page.


The results

So, did Julia and I have the high quality Thai food we crave?

Red Thai Chicken Curry

The red thai chicken curry came with a three spice warning, which scared me a bit.

I may not be a spice expert, but I found the dish didn’t have too much, to be honest. In fact, little to none, which Julia agreed with.

The bountiful chicken came with bamboo shoots and pineapple, as well as rice (although you could opt for noodles instead).

The chicken was a little dry and Julia and I thought it needed more sauce. However, the pineapple added a nice sweetness to the curry, while the bamboo shoots provided a nice crunch.

Red Thai Chicken Curry.


Julia: 3/5

Karl: 2.5/5

To taste

Julia: 3.5/5

Carl: 3.5/5

Spring Rolls

A word comes to mind when one remembers having savored the spring rolls with Thai basil vegetables. And that word is wow.

They were everything a perfect spring roll should be – flaky and crispy on the outside and filled with fresh, flavorful vegetables.

Julia quickly realized that they weren’t fat either, which was more than welcome.

The four spring rolls were served with a tangy sweet chilli dip. However, they were so good that I would recommend skipping them and enjoying them solo.

Spring Rolls.


Julia: 3/5

Carl: 4/5

To taste

Julia: 4/5

Carl: 5/5

Stir-fried beef

Although we were already two courses away from the menu, the flavors coming from the beef satay were enough to make us peckish again.

As for the satay, we could choose between beef, chicken, prawns or vegetables only. Since we had already tasted the chicken, it was time to analyze the beef.

Served with onions, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli and mangetout, along with rice and noodles, the dish was another winner for us.

The creamy, nutty sauce was outstanding, and again the vegetables were obviously fresh. Julia was also delighted with their ruffled shape.

Stir-fried beef.


Julia: 3.5/5

Carl: 4/5

To taste

Julia: 4.5/5

Carl: 4/5

Shrimps pad Thai

Shrimp are a restaurant hit or miss. They can sometimes turn out incredibly chewy, which is never pleasant.

However, that was not the case for the prawns inside our Thai Basil Pad Thai.

Perfectly sweet and savory, they came with sautéed noodles and pad thai sauce. The dish wasn’t too heavy either.

Considering all of Thai Basil’s dishes are served from a food truck, Julia and I couldn’t believe how high the quality was and how delicious each dish turned out.

Shrimps pad Thai.


Julia: 3/5

Carl: 3/5

To taste

Julia: 4/5

Carl: 4/5

Spring rolls and beef satay both came out on top at Thai Basil, racking up scores of 16/20.

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