Thai Peacock

Date: December 11, 2007
Times Visited: 4 times

This is the prime example of why vegans must inquire about the ingredients at Thai restaurants (shrimp paste, fish sauce, oyster sauce, eggs.) It’s important to always do your own research and not just reply on what others tell you (including this website because what we are told one time may be what they think we want to hear, rather than the truth – this is always the risk of eating out at omnivorous restauarnts). Damn that person who told us that Thai Peacock can make their dishes vegan!

Thai Peacock has many dishes listed as ‘vegetarian’ if you get tofu instead of meat, but that’s not the case. If ‘vegetarian’ was replaced with ‘pescitarian’ it would be accurate. To our dismay, only the Pad Ruam Mit can actually be made vegan – everything else can hold the fish sauce but not the oyster sauce.

The Pad Ruam Mit is a simple mix of vegetables with fried tofu and a very light brown sauce. We added soy sauce and a variety of spicy peppers to bring some flavor to this poor, oily dish. Why did the Vege Thai Cart have to leave downtown?!

Lunch is a busy time for most downtown restaurants and Thai Peacock is no exception. They pack the tables close together. Perhaps they pack too many people in and the kitchen cannot accommodate. We’ve eaten here when there was a 30 minute wait and it’s not worth it. The mezzanine seating didn’t seem as hectic, but I am sure it was during lunch. Even the people who were waiting for “to go” meals were standing around awkwardly.

In the end I would much prefer visiting a Thai cart like Vilai Thai Food, order steamed vegetables and brown rice for $4, and add soy sauce. It would be quicker, taste better and be a lot cheaper than the $7.50 lunch meals we received.

Pad Ruam Mit – The Only Vegan Meal:
Thai Peacock - Vegan

Cashew Tofu – not so vegan, no matter what they told us:
thai peacock

Rad Nah – not so vegan, no matter what they told us:
thai peacock

Rating: 1 out of 5
Address: 219 SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, (503) 228-2310
Hours: Everyday 11am-9pm

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15 responses to “Thai Peacock

  1. That sucks. I’ve eaten there a few times in the last couple of years, and always asked for “no fish ingredients” but it probably all had oyster sauce. I wasn’t that impressed with their food anyway, and it is priced a little higher than most thai places. I’ll have to check with my favorite thai place, Baan Thai, that they don’t put any of that crap in my food! Thanks for the reminder – it’s so easy to get comfortable with dining out here in Ptown.

  2. i am having weird feelings toward my favorite thai restaurant, Pad Thai Kitchen. lately my pad thai has seemed different….kinda tastes more like the packaged pad thai i’ve had….more brownish sauce…i’m just kinda scared to ask, mainly b/c i try to speak as little as possible to the usual order-taker b/c she looks at me so severely all the time….

  3. Damnit! That’s just across the street from where I work and I’ve always enjoyed the ‘Drunken Noodles’ there!

    Makes me wonder if we should make sure about our home neighborhood Thai place (Thai Ginger) — anybody know the good or bad news about it?

  4. I hate it when that happens! I remember a few months ago specifically ordering an item marked as ‘vegetarian spring rolls’ and thought it smelled kind of funny… then discovered biting into it that it contained shrimp. Gross!

  5. Sherri, Thai Ginger has repeatedly told me that they don’t use fish sauce when one orders food as vegetarian. They usually write VT on the takeout signifying vegetarian with tofu. I still avoid the curries since so many curry sauces are pre-made and I’ve been misled before!

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  7. Oh I’ve eaten there a few times and I gotten the sweet n sour and the spring rolls. I’m going to go puke now.

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