I love it when restaurants debut new vegetarian menus. Thai Landing, located at 1207 North Charles Street, was already a satisfying Thai restaurant for veggie diners. Now, it has taken the top position for vegetarian Thai options in downtown Baltimore, with little fanfare. In fact, if I hadn't spotted the cute new menu sign displayed in their window (while on my vegan froyo mission--see an earlier post), then I would not have known to revisit this spot post-haste.
Unfortunately, the new vegetarian menu doesn't appear on the restaurant's website yet. But it is an impressively large menu. It also helpfully denotes which dishes are gluten-free or contain eggs. (I wonder if a local veggie group like Compassion Over Killing or The Vegetarian Resource Group has been working with them?) And, although it was a separate menu, we didn't have it ask special for it. It was placed on the table with the regular menu.
We started our meal with the "Guiltess Fried Chicken." These were two flaky soy chicken drumsticks with foil wrappers, served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. I'm not sure if these drumsticks are made in-house, but they were tasty. The second appetizer, called a "yum dish," was Neur Nam Tok Jae. It was a generously spicy and tangy dish of soy beef, mushrooms, and onions. It was served with some listless iceberg lettuce, which we ignored.We also ignored the bowls of white rice came out with our main courses, as both dishes were rather noodley. (It would be nice if Thai Landing had a brown or red rice option, in general.) Served in a silver pan is the Obb Woon Sen, a hot pot filled with noodles, tofu, veggies, and mushrooms. This flavorful dish was unlike any that I've had at a Thai restaurant before. It had a fine mix of spices, including ginger, garlic, and cilantro. The second entree, Pad Woon Sen, was a stir fry with bean thread noodles, tofu, and veggie chicken. It was also full of veggies, including baby corns, and reminiscent of a Chinese-style stir fry.
Overall, it was an excellent veggie meal. I'm eager to return to explore more of the new menu, including the vegan Thai iced drinks.