I’ve been cobbling together a post about my recent visits to both locations of Bulan Vegetarian Thai Kitchen. Apparently great minds really do think alike, as just earlier today Bulan was also featured over at quarrygirl.com. Not wanting to steal any of the glory away from that great review, after conferring with the Lady of the Quarries herself, I’m going to go ahead and post this now anyways. We both ate different things, so this way you get to see even more of the deliciousness that Bulan has to offer… and they get double the free advertising :)
Bulan’s food contains “NO meat, NO refined sugars, NO m.s.g. and NO trans fats”. Most of the menu is vegan, with many of the vegetarian items being vegan optional. Everything is clearly marked on the menu so you know what’s what. The food here is not of the same variety of those many other vegan Thai places around with variations on the same menu. The food is a cut above, with more authentically Thai style cooking and higher quality ingredients.
My first visit to Bulan was as their location on Melrose, just west of La Brea. We started off our meal with a palate cleansing blast from the sweet & sour florescently green lime sodas pictured at the top, then began our feast with the Tempeh Appetizer: “nutty-flavor fried bean curd served with sweet & sour sauce”. Just lovely… I could snack on these all day.
For my main course I got the Roti and Green Curry: “slightly sweet coconut milk, green curry with veggie chicken, bamboo, green beans, bell peppers and Thai basil, served with Indian pancakes”. Now don’t go getting too excited about the roti, it is one of the items on the menu that is not vegan. The curry is however, I didn’t realize the bread wasn’t until after I ordered it. Fear not though as I see on their menu that the green curry can be ordered on it’s own, and for $2 less. The curry was delicious… you could tell the vegetables were fresh and the spicy & fragrant basil and coconut curry was nicely soaked up by the faux chicken.
[Update: My HUGE mistake... the dishes below are not vegan!]
Blame it on inebriation, the item I originally described below as vegan actually is not…. thanks to reader Sandra for pointing out that these are fried egg noodles. This was my own mistake, no fault of the restaurant. Vegans shed a tear, vegetarians rejoice!
Usually I don’t photograph or write about what the people I’m dining with are eating, but this time is an exception because my friends food was so amazing (and I ended up eating a lot of it!). This dish is the Kow Si (Northern Thai Curry Noodles): “crispy noodles topped with carrots, onions, choice of protein (he got the chicken) in curry sauce served with sprouts and pickled mustard”. As you can see in the photo, this dish is stunning! We were both all oohing & ahhing when it showed up, and even more so once we tasted it. This was nothing less than fabulous… from the rich and delicious yellow curry to the crunchy noodles to the big ass chunks of soy meat and carrot. I love it when food is both fantastic AND fun to eat at the same time.
On my next visit to Bulan I had the pleasure of trying out the Silver Lake location in the Sunset Junction area with a visiting guest from out of town. Situated on it’s own little corner, this Bulan has a small but cute outdoor seating area which is nice place to enjoy your dinner on a warm Los Angeles evening. It’s also just a short walk to Bulan from the red line Vermont & Santa Monica Metro station.
You see, I liked my friends Kow Si so much on the previous visit that this time I ordered one all to myself. The portion was the same and the taste was equally as amazing as the first time. There’s not much else I have to tell you about this dish other than that it’s freakin delicious, just like everything else at this place. My friend, who is an unabashed buffalo-wing loving carnivore, had their Mock Duck Curry as well as some of my dish, and he loved them both.
I am very jealous of those of you who live within their 3 mile free delivery radius!
I appreciate that Bulan’s food and good service is consistent at both locations. I also like that Bulan is owned and operated by three awesome ladies from Thailand. In short, at both spots I got incredible, real vegetarian Thai food, served with a smile and without the fear of lurking fish sauce, both in some pretty hip locations that offer prime people watching vantage points. What’s not to love?
- Thai vegetable dumplings in green curry
- Again with the vegan Thai food…
- Thai Vegan-Chicken Salad
- Vegan Thai ginger stir-fry
- Prik King Tofu (spicy Thai green beans)