With its large menu, reasonable prices and varying degrees of spice, Salad King (340 Yonge St) has been a Yonge & Dundas staple for some time. Over the years it has grown from a Ryerson student hangout to a legit lunch-hour hot spot… reminding us that healthy, well-priced food can be found smack-dab in the heart of the city.
Salad King is famous for two of my favourite things: Thai Food and Cold Beer. Served fast, fresh, and on-the-cheap, customers sit at shared tables and order from a menu where combinations are the name of the game. You pick your protein (Chicken, Beef, Tofu or Seafood) and add it to noodles, soups, curries or rice dishes. Then you spice your creation to suit (1-20 chillies).
Rainbow Chicken (pictured above), is full of white meat, eggplant, bell peppers, carrots, onions, basil, peas & lemon grass. I order mine with 15 chillies and receive a water refill, extra napkins and a firm pat on the back upon completion.
Feeling something milder, maybe noodle based? The Bangkok Stir Fry (pictured below) is full of vermicelli, broccoli, bell peppers, green onions, egg, carrots, tofu, peanuts & bean sprouts. It’s garlicky yet subtle, and pairs nicely with a dollop of sambal. Be sure to also ask for the Thai Islamic Noodles off their “secret menu” if you have a hankering for a creamy noodle dish.
On my most recent visit, a dish I had previously overlooked seemed to jump right off the page… a little something called the Combination Spicy (pictured below). Chicken, shrimp and squid are tossed among chili-infused vegetables and served with Jasmine Rice. I order mine with 10 chilies this time and am pleased there’s a cold a pint of beer to cool everything down.
Check out Salad King the next time you’re at Yonge & Dundas Square or the Eaton Centre and are looking for some healthy, cheap eats. “Salad King Addiction”… Check it; it’s a thing (or so says their loyalty card).