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Veganized Pad Thai and Gang Pa curry

Often times when dining out, Asian restaurants offer the best opportunities to find vegan food. Basil Thai, which for us is conveniently located right on campus in Urbana, offers quite a few options. The tofu satay is delicious, and if you happen to have a young child that is lamenting the loss of chicken nuggets, this makes for a pretty fine treat. Many of their entrées can be made with tofu and vegetables instead of meat, but even so, many contain fish sauce, so be sure to ask before ordering. Most of the curry dishes are off-limits, however, the Gang Pa can be made without fish sauce. Additionally, you can order Pad Thai without egg and fish sauce. While the former was deemed too spicy for our youngster’s taste buds, the Pad Thai definitely passed muster. Basil Thai’s staff was incredibly accommodating, knowledgeable, and helpful with all of our requests. While the food can be a bit pricey if you are planning on feeding a family (main dishes hover around ten bucks), it can’t really be beat in the realm of quality and convenience. The atmosphere of the restaurant is a little too cafeteria-style for my taste, so we usually order take out and enjoy our meal at home.

Pad Thai with tofu and vegetables

Gang Pa curry with tofu and vegetables, served over rice