Try the mushrooms! great buffet also.
Posted on 02 / 05 / 2012
We have eaten at Char Xin Jai several times and have been impressed every time.
The first time I had the squash with mushrooms and Thai basil. It was perfectly savory, sweet, and saucy. My partner had the pad thai, it was sweet and savory with lots of faux meats intermixed, but the noodles were the thin glass kind, not the flat fettucini style.
The second time we had buffet plates, three items with brown rice for 35B. Everything was well-spiced, more so than the food the last time. We also tried these deep fried balls on a stick which are mock meats of the meat balls sold in streets. They were uninteresting and plastic-y tasting.
The third time I had a bowl of the noodle soup and it was phenomenally delicious. Wow. I think I could eat it every day. They quick steamed glass noodles, and greens, added crunchy bits, cillantro and spring onions, fried tofu, a sauce, and several other fake meats, then added soup broth. It was so tasty, filling and only 30B. My partner had the buffet selection of the day. He had a potato dish, noodle dish, and a sautéed morning glory with rice. He enjoyed it.
But really the claim to fame of this place are the fried mushrooms. they taste just like a meat, or so my partner tells me, I've never tasted meat before.
They have large yellow signs reading "vegetarian" on the corner of every street around it pointing the direction of the restaurant. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful as well. We were being tormented by mosquitoes and they immediately came over and lit mosquito coils and placed them near our feet. The mosquitoes immediately left. Nice.
cheap, tasty, MUSHROOMS!
mosquitoes at night