We love eating at Sen Yai Sen Lek (which means Big Noodle Little Noodle). Above is the Pad See Iew Gai, $10.95 (Stir fry wide rice noodles with sweet soy, egg, marinated chicken and Chinese broccoli). I love their Pad See Iew! I just did a “Spicy Thai for Spring: Vegetarian Style” cooking class at Kitchen Window with Chef Joe (co-owner and exec chef) and it was fabulous. We made Pad Kee Mao (Thai Hangover Noodles), Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (Green Curry with Tofu, Eggplant and Thai Basil), Taohoo Satay (Tofu Satay with Curried Peanut Sauce), Cucumber Salad, Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad) and Khao Neow (Steamed Sticky Rice). I loved the vegetarian Green Papaya Salad and Chef Joe said it was one of the best-selling items in the restaurant.
Po Pia Sod, $5.95 (Fresh Thai spring rolls with cucumber, marinated tofu, Chinese sausage, bean sprouts, egg and green onion. Served with tamarind sauce.)
Chef Joe Hatch-Surisook was born in Bangkok and his parents grew up in different parts of Thailand. He’s passionate about his restaurant and the food he cooks for people and you can definitely tell. Sen Yai Sen Lek prides itself on offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu items- without compromising flavor. They don’t use any MSG in their food and they emphasize the use of local growers and producers. The restaurant likes giving back to the Northeast community and also strides to be environmentally friendly by composting (just like Chef Joe does at home). It’s a win-win for all!
Pad Gratiem Prik Thai (Garlic and black pepper stir fry with cilantro and bell peppers. Served with steamed jasmine rice. Pork or Chicken $12.95; Shrimp $13.95); Spicy; (can be vegetarian). A fresh vegetable stir fry makes for a balanced lunch.
Khao Soi (Curried Chiang Mai egg noodle dish with beef, cilantro, pickled mustard greens and shallots), $12.95; Spicy; (Can be Vegetarian). The Khao Soi is the stand out dish at Sen Yai. A spicy, curry broth filled with slurpy noodles, flavorful beef and pickled vegetables! We love it and it’s become a very popular dish at the restaurant- selling even more than pad thai! You’ve got to come here and try it.
Gluay Buad Chee, $4.95 (Warm sticky rice with bananas and sweet coconut milk.)
Khao Neow Mamuang, $4.95 (Sweet sticky rice with mango)
Best Bets: Khao Soi, Green Papaya Salad, Pad See Iew Gai, Pad Woon Sen
Bar: Wine and Beer
Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free: Yes / Yes / Yes
Entree Range: $9-13
Waiter Service: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Free Street
Good for Groups: Yes
Sen Yai Sen Lek
2422 Central Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418
Mon- Thurs 11am–9pm