Co-owner Khamlaa Boonthajit in the kitchen at Laos Thai (Mike Green/CBC)
An oasis where the smells of ginger, lemongrass, coconut and red curry paste permeate the air
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It's not much to look at from the outside -- white cinder blocks, one small window with a neon "open" sign, and a door encased by a metal cage -- but when you walk in to Laos Thai, it is like finding a little oasis.
(And I should say an oasis where the smells of ginger, lemongrass, coconut and red curry paste permeate the air.)
"We're the underdog restaurant in this location" said Somkit Boonthajit, the co-owner, who along with his mom Khamlaa (whose presence behind the stove is a mix of speed and tranquillity), keep the dishes coming.
"We didn't get any recognition for the first three years -- it was just struggles...We were basically just making chicken fried rice and the more Canadianized-stuff, as the more authentic stuff took more time for people to come in to," Somkit continues.