Pai by Didier Young

Originally, I come from a fairly multicultural island called Mauritius. Growing up, the food I ate was primarily of Chinese and French influence, but I was also exposed to lots of African and Indian food. However I had never had sushi prior to moving to Toronto and if you would have mentioned Pad Thai I would probably have said Gesundheit. My first experience with Pad Thai was not necessarily the best for a very simple reason: I ordered it from Spring Rolls. Over the years, I gave the noodle dish numerous chances at various institutions in the city but all in vain. I never loved it and thought it was always too vinegary or spicy or tasted closer to ketchup than anything else. After expressing my distaste for the dish to the astonishment of many people, I decided to visit the one place that they all seemed to recommend: Pai.

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