By Kelsey R.
Living on North Queen Street in Lancaster City allows me to experience the hustle and bustle of city life. With blocks of shopping and various restaurants, I see what places people are most interested in. Sa La Thai is one block up from my apartment building, and every weekend I see tons of people walking in and out of the restaurant. Thai food is not my go-to good choice, but almost all of my friends love to get Thai food, especially take out. I posted on my Facebook page that I was at Sa La Thai, and as I suspected, a rush of comments from my friends flooded in about how great the restaurant is.
Sa La Thai is a family run business. I meet Julie and her sister as soon I walk in, and they seat me at a table. I am browsing the menu when I see Bobble Tea. Of course I have to get it! Slurping up the Bobble’s is a fun challenge. I tell Julie I need some guidance with the menu. She starts me off with the Lemon Grass soup, which she warns is spicy.
Customers have the option to pick chicken or vegetable and tofu to go into their soup. I go with the vegetable tofu to mix things up. Julie comes out with the perfect soup for a chilly day. The soup has bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, lemon grass, lime leaf, and lime juice. The spice is perfect and the fresh vegetables taste great with the tofu. Tofu is another food I don’t usually order. But having that mixed in with the broth and vegetables was a great choice.
There are a bunch of appetizers to choose from. I immediately want to try the Crab Rangoon, but I stop myself because I want to try something out of my comfort zone. Julie suggests I try the Thai Treasure, which is a sample of a bunch of different appetizers on the menu. Julie also brings out a Thai Cabbage salad which is excellent!
The Treasure includes a Spring Roll, Golden Bag, Tulip Dumpling, Chicken Satay, and Golden Triangle. The Golden Bag is exactly that! It is filled with pork and plum sauce. I break open the shell before I trust myself to put the whole thing in my mouth. The Golden Triangles are fried tofu. I dip some of them in the sweet sauce and am impressed with the great flavors!
Julie and her sister explain the foods I am trying. They explain that a couple came into their restaurant a couple weeks ago and said Sa La Thai was the real deal. It has real authentic food. The couple has tried Thai food elsewhere, but nothing compares to Sa La Thai. The authenticity is important to Julie and her family. The food can be prepared to the customers’ liking. If someone wants a little more spice, they can make that happen. Gluten free meals are an option, too!
Julie’s final suggestion is the Drunken Noodle. This dish has huge rice noodles, onions, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, egg and sweet Thai basil, and spicy roasted chili. My order came with fresh shrimp, too. The large noodles are incredible. I don’t think I have ever seen noodles so thick before. I had to look closely to see if I was eating a noodle or a piece of onion. I take a few bites but have to stop because I am so stuffed. Julie boxes up the remains of my meal.
I walk down the block with my leftovers. I text Jason and tell him not to eat them. I don’t think the leftovers were in the refrigerator for more than three minutes before I start digging out the Drunken Noodles again. The meal is lukewarm, but I think it is even better the second time around! Eventually I cave and let Jason have some of the meal. He asked what the Golden Bag is. I joke with him for a couple minutes saying that he wasn’t supposed to eat it. He figures out it is pork. He eats the rest of the leftovers, leaving none for me.
Next time you are out walking around on First Friday in the City, pop into Sa La Thai for a nice meal. At the very least try the bobble tea and munch on a Golden Bag! But with the cooler months approaching, ordering delivery from Sa La Thai is a way to have a great meal without leaving your family room.
Hi everyone, I want to share a few things about myself. I have lived in Lancaster County my entire life.
I went to The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and received a Bachelors in English Education and Writing. Currently, I am working as a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway, and of course I am doing some writing on the side! I live with my wonderful cat, Waffle in Lancaster City. Besides working and playing with my cat I also read and practice yoga.