3 healthy Thai meals to try this summer

Mon Thong’s fresh veggies, refreshing flavours & a new healthy menu are musts for the warmer weather.

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With authentic ingredients – including lots and lots of vegetables – the fresh flavours of Thai cuisine are made for summer.

“While some people think Thai food isn’t good for summer because it can be spicy, we have many mildly spiced dishes to choose from,” notes Joe Karunyasopon, owner of Mon Thong Thai Restaurants, consistently voted one of Kelowna’s top Thai restaurants.

And with loads of fresh vegetables, sensational seafood, yummy beef, chicken, pork and more, Mon Thong’s Thai food is perfect for lunch at the lake or an easy supper when you’d rather be soaking in the sun than cooking.

Whether you’re brand new to Thai cuisine or are looking for a new favourite to discover, Karunyasopon offers his top three selections for summer:

SELECTION 1: Pad Med Ma-muang Him-ma-pan – Also known as No. 18 on the Mon Thong menu, savour stir-fried bell peppers, onion, celery, zucchini and cashew nuts in a delicious house sauce. The not-so-secret essential addition is cashews, a staple ingredient in Thailand where the nut is grown and harvested. While delicious on their own “they taste even better when added to a dish,” Karunyasopon says.

SELECTION 2: Pad Prik Thai Dum – No. 58 on the menu, the deliciously fragrant Pad Prik Thai Dum features stir-fried rice with bell peppers, carrots, onions, fresh basil and lime leaves, and finished with black pepper. Include your choice of protein – chicken, beef, pork, prawns, or mixed seafood for a satisfying and oh-so-flavourful meal.

SELECTION 3: Pad See-eew – No. 42 at Mon Thong, this is perfect for the hot Kelowna summer, with its variety of garden-fresh vegetables stir-fried with noodles and egg. Finish with your choice of chicken, beef, pork, veggie, prawns, or mixed seafood.

Other sun-sational menu favourites include a wide selection of salads, seafood and flavourful Thai curries, ranging from mild to spicy.

And, while Thai food is naturally a healthy choice, Mon Thong has taken it one step further with a new summer “slim-ify” menu prepared with no oil, sugar, salt or MSG, notes Joe’s son and restaurant manager, Ike Karunyasopon. Delicious!

With three Mon Thong locations – downtown on Ellis Street, at Orchard Park and at Landmark 5 on Dickson Avenue – discovering your own top three summer favourites is easy. Fancy your Pad See-eew al fresco? Stop by the Landmark Plaza location for lunch on the patio.

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Mon Thong Thai Restaurants offers three locations serving authentic, award-winning Thai cuisine prepared by Bangkok-trained chefs.

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