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Don't eat at Thai Tara
Daniela Posted at 2009/06/24 7:33pm reply to

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Looks like I fucked up today. Apparently the Thai red curry I ordered with tofu wasn't vegan, in fact, it wasn't even vegetarian. I had assumed Thai Tara had vegetarian options since I've heard many vegans go there, but I was wrong. I called them due to innate suspicion and asked and apparently the curry sauce is not vegan. I was so pissed off, I didn't even ask them what they had that was. I'm not going there again.

We need to urge every Thai restaurant to label whether their sauces/curries are vegetarian. We can tell them we're allergic to fish and meat so it's more of a pressing issue they need to address. I know once I ordered veggie spring rolls at Lulu B's off South Lamar and they gave me fish sauce to go along with it. People just don't know. From my vietnamese friend, tofu is just not considered a main item, more like stuff to go along with meat. Maybe it's similar with Thai food.

Bottom line: don't go to Thai Tara unless you want to feel like shit afterwards.
peter Posted at 2009/06/24 7:39pm reply to

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REALLY? We've had meetups there, and people here tend to like the place.

What exactly what was in it?
Daniela Posted at 2009/06/24 7:53pm reply to

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i called again and he said they mix in fish sauce with all their curries.

the only things that are vegan are the vegetable stir fry with tofu, fried rice, spring rolls, and the first soup on the menu (not worth it though - the tofu soup they tried to offer me had chicken broth in it, i asked)

i told the guy @ Thai Tara over the phone that many people thought their curries were vegan and that we'd appreciate them being labeled as containing fish sauce when they revise their menus. he thanked me for my comment.

*bangs head against wall, spilling beer as i think about how i need to flush out my system*
carrie Posted at 2009/06/24 10:37pm reply to

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What a bummer! Thanks for the info, though. That place had been a favorite of a lot of people on the board. So lame! Titaya's is officially my favorite Thai restaurant in Austin. Well, I'll call it a tie with Thai Kitchen.
Ross Posted at 2009/06/24 11:25pm reply to

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That's so weird!! One of the crew way back when was dating one of the folks there from Thai Tara, and he was there when we had our vegan meetup, and pretty much everyone had curries. I could have sworn I'd been told before by the staff that the curries were vegan when ordered with tofu, but i guess that false! And they're like the only Thai place that makes their curries from scratch, right?
Gabriel Posted at 2009/06/25 7:31am reply to

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Sad, but this doesn't surprise me.  I have heard this time and time again.  As far as I know, the only places I know with supposedly vegan curries are Titaya's and Thai Passion.  At Thai Passion, I actually have seen the paste that they use in a few of their curries though that was years ago.  Titaya's assured me that their curries when made vegetarian had no fish sauce or shrimp paste.  I think I'm done getting curries at Thai places though.  Too sketchy.  Not too keen on going back to Thai Tara either.  I used to be in the habit of saying no fish sauce at TT, but I was assured that it wasn't being used in the "vegetarian" dishes so stopped saying anything there.
Jacob Posted at 2009/06/25 12:00pm reply to

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Madam Ma'ams, and a lot of other Thai restaurants and most Vietnamese restaurants use fish/shrimp in everything. angry
Jessica. Posted at 2009/06/25 3:14pm reply to

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but what about pad thai?

sorry, that's the only thing i ever order at thai places. awesome

that is a bummer, since i eat there a lot. well, titaya's from now on!
Daniela Posted at 2009/06/25 3:23pm reply to

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@Ross: Well maybe in the past Thai Tara used vegan curry but not anymore. It tasted weird but I thought it was all in my head, then my two calls to them confirmed that only 4 or so items were vegan. He did not mention the Pad Thai. I think a lot of Pad Thai dishes have egg in them unless they specify otherwise. So frustrating. Red curry is my fave.

So now I only trust Thai Kitchen, Titayas and this other place I recently discovered, Pad Thai in the Mueller development off Airport Blvd. It's in a shopping center but the food there was GREAT. I called them and asked if their curry was vegan and they said yes. So there is one other place you can (hopefully) trust.
VeganExplosion Posted at 2009/06/25 4:31pm reply to

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We stick with Thai passion.
If you're worried about price. Here's the trick:
order 1 vegan thai curry with tofu (we get the thai passion yellow curry).
Order extra rice on the side and extra tofu in the curry. TO GO!
It's only like 10 dollars! Me and Chris can eat off of it for 2 days.

Lots of restaurants give out double or triple their standard servings when you call it in for a pickup/to go order.
Much much larger portion that dining in, especially at thai passion.
Craig? Posted at 2009/06/25 5:18pm reply to

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Thai Tara.... hmmmm.  that's the place downtown with the awesome Pad Prik King, right?  so that's not vegan?!?!?!?!  Paul knew we were all vegans, why wouldn't he say something?  I mean, hell, we've had big meetups there.
Daniela Posted at 2009/06/25 5:27pm reply to

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i don't know if that dish is vegan or not. you should call and ask specifically. i don't know who paul is either but i'm assuming an employee? well, either they lied, didn't know and assumed, or changed their menu (unlikely). bottom line is we were duped!
Daniela Posted at 2010/02/23 4:40pm reply to

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I was going to call Thai Tara today to see if their dishes could be made without fish sauce since they had only a few vegan items, and Yelp said Thai Tara has closed. Called their phone number and line was busy or out of order.

Do you know if Thai Tara has closed?
Ross Posted at 2010/02/23 5:27pm reply to

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>I was going to call Thai Tara today to see if their dishes could be made without fish sauce since they had only a few vegan items, and Yelp said Thai Tara has closed. Called their phone number and line was busy or out of order.
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>Do you know if Thai Tara has closed?

whoa!!
travisnichols Posted at 2010/02/23 7:48pm reply to

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If Java Noodles's curry isn't vegan, I will cry a river of fish sauce. Does... does anyone...

Oh no. Don't tell me. Okay. Tell me.
Craig? Posted at 2010/02/23 10:00pm reply to

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oh gawed Java Noodle better be on the level.  I used to eat there so friggin much.
travisnichols Posted at 2010/02/23 10:03pm reply to

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me too! and it's been a while, so i've been thinking about it.
Kristen Posted at 2010/02/23 10:53pm reply to

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i don't know if it's been mentioned yet, but since you made mention of the Lulu B's spring rolls, i was told (probably almost a year ago) that they also have a vegetarian "fish" sauce on request, so since it was a tofu spring roll, they might have given you that. things might have changed, though.
Georgeous Posted at 2010/02/24 6:05am reply to

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>i don't know if it's been mentioned yet, but since you made mention of the Lulu B's spring rolls, i was told (probably almost a year ago) that they also have a vegetarian "fish" sauce on request, so since it was a tofu spring roll, they might have given you that. things might have changed, though.

not to be a smart ass, but are we sure they have the right idea of vegetarian? I've noticed a lot of people and eateries see vegetarian as eating no red meat, and assuming that fish is still ok.
And that makes me soooo sad about Madam M'ams. I'll have to call this week and find out if they've recently changed anything. That's Bobby's favorite place to get curry, and it looks like we've been eating fish sauce all along. Dangit!
nutmeggy Posted at 2010/02/24 8:17am reply to

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Madam Mam's online menu lists the vegan items as  A1, A2, G5, and F9. Those are two spring roll type of appetizers, a soup, and something called "Pad Macaroni" which is pasta, peas, carrots, red onion, and tomatoes in a tomato sauce. It doesn't sound very thai-y.
Georgeous Posted at 2010/02/24 9:49am reply to

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Thank you for that! I guess we didn't look too hard into their food before falling for it. Now that's one less place to get Thai around here- most of the other recommended restaurants are central. angry
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