Restaurant Review: KaTi Portland in Portland, Oregon
There’s thai food and then there’s really good thai food. KaTi in Portland makes really great thai food and it just happens to be 100% vegetarian and mostly vegan!
The recipes at KaTi avoid the use of fish paste, a staple in thai food, by making a paste out of chilli and it does the job 100-times over.
We started the meal with the Satay Vegan, their vegan version of chicken or beef satay. What could have been flavorless and chewy ended up being crispy yet spongy and flavored with an array of spices and a peanut sauce, which could easily win over peanut haters.
Next, was the Tom Kha Soup Vegan. It’s very hard for a soup to make you stop in your tracks and savor every last sip. Well, this one does. The spicy, yet light. coconut base mixed with the chilis, tomatoes, tofu, green onions, kaffir lime leaves, and cilantro made it a five-star soup. Vegan or not, you will remember this soup for all of the right reasons.
Many come in for the Pad Thai, an American favorite, but we tried the Pad See Ew. You can make it vegan by asking for no egg. The stir-fried rice noodles were cooked to perfection, and all of the vegetables were tender yet not too soft. It’s a staple you’d want to come back for at least once a week for lunch.
Finally, the Pla Rhad Prik Vegan tasted better than any non-vegan version of the dish ever could have. Instead of deep frying a seaweed-wrapped fish, this was seaweed-wrapped tofu. But with the crispy texture of the seaweed and the addition of the red and green peppers, the chili sauce, and more, it’s a foodie’s dream. Plus, it’s plated in such gorgeous fashion that your eyes almost won’t let you eat it…almost.
Pla Rhad Prik Vegan
Those who are vegan can also enjoy a vegan version of thai tea, made with coconut milk. But no matter what you order, you will be enthralled by this incredible addition to Division St. in SE Portland. Order anything and everything and prepare to be blown away.