Picky Preschooler? Try Thai Food.
On Friday evening Lil D had a birthday party to attend from 5 pm to 6:45 pm. Whenever we have alone time with Lil C, he wants to eat nuts (Lil D is allergic to nuts and peanuts). Exposing Lil C to nuts was recommended by our allergist in order to prevent him from developing a sensitivity, so we feel like it’s our duty to indulge him. But Lil C is a picky and persnickety little fella.
So where and what to feed him?
We decided to try Thai food. We were a little hesitant because Lil C can be quite particular.
Before we knew Lil D had a nut allergy, we would get Thai takeout often and he would eat the chicken satay (no peanut sauce!). But since the allergy was confirmed, we haven’t really had an opportunity to visit our favourite local Thai joint, Nokham Thai.
We dropped Lil D off at the party and headed down the road to the non-descript strip mall that houses this little gem.
From the moment we were seated, Lil C was in his glory, a booster seat to put him at our level, no big bro to steal his thunder and his parents’ undivided attention. Lil C requested “beef, egg roll, and chicken noodle soup”.
We ordered a shrimp Tom Yum soup and a chicken Tom Yum to start. Lil C tried the chicken version but it was too spicy for him. The soup was steaming hot and fragrant. Thai food, oh how I have missed you!
The chicken spring rolls followed and were a huge hit. He ate a whole one.
Then the beef satay arrived. Lil C had fun dipping little pieces in the sweet peanut sauce.
I enjoyed a green curry with shrimp and Thai pancakes. Lil C devoured a couple of the pancakes too. Derek had some sort of lemon grass beef dish and we also ordered a vegetarian Pad Thai thinking that Lil C would be interested. He wasn’t.
The biggest hit of the whole meal were the large raw carrot flowers on each of the beautifully-presented dishes. He ate each one.
And for the final act, as Derek and I finished off our meals at a leisurely pace, Lil C enjoyed two scoops of chunky coconut ice cream garnished with a plastic sword stabbing a green maraschino cherry. Well, C had one scoop and Derek and I shared the other.
This was one of the best meals I’ve had with a child/children in a very long time. It was delicious, quiet, relaxed and my child actually ate something nutritious. I think this could have been the most vegetables he’s consumed in one sitting EVER.
Can’t wait to go back.