I know this blog is called Seattle Vegan Score, but Tacoma is our littler sister city and it’s vegan-friendly dining scene is growing wildly these days. We should really hang out more often. With that spirit in mind, let me introduce you a very unassuming joint for Thai-loving vegans in Tacoma: Peanut Sauce Thai Cuisine.
“Don’t judge a restaurant by its strip mall,” has always been my motto – and it came in handy on this recent trip. You’ll find this popular and packed Thai restaurant with a huge vegetarian menu hidden near the Tacoma Mall off of exit 130.
Not everything on the vegetarian menu is automatically vegan, but it is all made without fish sauce, oyster sauce, or shrimp paste. The staff at Peanut Sauce is pretty veg-knowledgeable, super friendly, attentive, and happy to answer any questions about ingredients.
The menu is enormous, with separate sections for vegetarian curries, noodle dishes, general entrees, soups, salads, appetizers, and house specialties. And you won’t find just standard Thai fare here, you’ll get options like avocado curry, fried basil leaves, and all different types of lime, peanut, onion, garlic, and bean sauces.
I devoured a green papaya salad – where they replace the fish sauce with a fragrant tangy concoction of tamarind and soy sauce. Then I stuffed myself full of one of the house specialties, garlic tofu with crispy fried basil leaves. It really is a dish better shared, but who is complaining?
So friends, when you find yourself further south, or *gasp* shopping at the Tacoma Mall, find yourself at Peanut Sauce Thai Cuisine and you won’t be disappointed.
Want more vegan stuff in Tacoma? Read the Vegan Moxie blog for restaurant reviews, cooking adventures, and more.
Peanut Sauce Thai
5003 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Tacoma, WA 98409-7120