If you’re craving real, authentic Thai food with all the complexity and flavors your omnivore friends get to enjoy, then get delivery (or pick up) from Yum Thai.
Las Vegas Vegan Pop-Up: Yum Thai
Yum Thai in Northwest Las Vegas
What makes this all-vegan menu better than just veganizing a dish at another Thai restaurant?
Owner Sunanya Caporale explains that many Thai dishes rely on fish or oyster sauce for its flavor and kick. Since the vegan versions of these ingredients can get expensive and are tough to duplicate, most restaurants don’t have them.
So, often times, when you order a vegan version of your fave Thai dish, the fish or oyster sauce is simply left out. #Bland.
What to order at Yum Thai in Las Vegas: Appetizers
Yum Thai is anything but bland.
Start with the curry puffs (aka Thai samosas). The housemade vegan phyllo dough creates a flakey pouch for potatoes, corn, carrots, green peas, onion, taro root, curry powder and turmeric.
First, it’s crunchy. Then, it’s rich and smooth with the turmeric hitting your nose before your tastebuds. But, when you add a little cucumber salad on it, it takes this dish to another level of Flavortown.
The sweet and tangy sauce of vinegar, salt, sugar, carrot, onion and cucumber is refreshing and balances the bold curry stuffing.
Also order the papaya salad. This tart dish is made with green papaya, green beans, carrots, cherry tomatoes, garlic, Thai chilies and peanuts. Then, it’s tossed a unique dressing of vegan fish sauce, palm sugar, lime juice and Thai chili.
It’s spicy, but you can adjust the heat when you order.
What to order at Yum Thai in Las Vegas: Main Courses
Next up, let’s talk main dishes.
The cashew stir fry is a favorite.
Like many entrées in Thai restaurants, you can choose your protein: tofu, beef, duck, or chicken (all vegan, of course.)
Or, just opt for veggies. This sweet and spicy dish features pineapple, carrots, water chestnuts, onions, scallions, bell peppers and cashews. It also comes with a side of side of rice.
Every Thai restaurant has to have Pad Thai on the menu, right?
It’s the gateway dish for many Thai cuisine newcomers.
Yum Thai’s version is authentic with thick noodles with green beans, baby corn, carrots, broccoli, scallions, bell peppers and your choice of protein. It’s tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce made from tamarind, palm sugar, vinegar, salt and paprika.Then it’s topped with crushed peanuts and bean sprouts to add a little crunch.
Give a little squeeze of lime on the dish, and it’s divine.
You can thank Caporale’s mom for the recipe, Kanlaya “June” Tanaungsnakul. She was a part of the team that earned a Michelin star at Kitchen 79 in Queens, New York.
Finally, we love the pineapple fried rice in a yellow curry sauce. The rice comes packed with tomatoes, scallions, onions, bell peppers, cilantro and cashews, and your choice of protein.
What to order at Yum Thai in Las Vegas: Drinks
Don’t forget the drinks!
We suggest washing it all down with a Thai iced tea made with coconut or soy milk.
Right now is a trial run for this all-vegan Thai pop-up, so check them out!
For the weekly menu, visit their Instagram.
Yum Thai is a pop-up, operating out of Plumeria Thai Café, 6710 W. Cheyenne Ave., 89108. To order call 646-402-1814 or send direct message to @yum_thai_ on Instagram. Delivery: Weds. – Sun.; Pick-up: Mon. 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.