A good friend of mine is currently in Thailand and all his IG photos of the food he is eating has made me crave Thai food like crazy. So recently, Mr. K and I stopped in for a quick meal at our go-to spot, the Sab-E-Lee in Rancho Penasquitos. We prefer this location because of the larger seating area. We enjoy the variety of dishes offered here, especially the Isaan specialties, and the prices are reasonable.
We’ve worked our way through most of the menu and on this occasion, we went back to the default carb dishes.
I’m pretty sure this is one of the most often ordered dishes here but I actually don’t really enjoy Sab-E-Lee’s version that much. The flavors were quite muted this time around. Also we requested a spice level 1 and there didn’t seem to be any spice. One gripe I have about this place is that the lack of consistency with the spice level. One day a level 1 can be extremely mild and on another day, a level 1 can mean extreme pain.
Pad Pak Boong (stir fried water spinach w/bean sauce)
I insisted we needed a green on the table and chose this one which I have not had before. I enjoyed the preparation. The bean sauce was not too heavy handed, instead adding a mild fermented flavor to the vegetable dish.
Pineapple Fried Rice
Not the prettiest presentation and also not a fan of the raisins. I’d forgotten that they add raisins to theirs. Usually my favorite is their salted fish rice but the last time we ordered it, it was extremely salty and we could barely eat it.
Speaking of last time, here is some take-out we had a few months ago.
Salted Fish Fried Rice
Normally a favorite of mine, but far too salty on this occasion.
The noodles were overcooked, I think, from sitting inside the container. Normally they are just right, leaving a little bounce and chew, but they were slightly mushy here.
This wasn’t our best meal here, but we also didn’t really order the dishes where they usually shine, their Isaan specialties. We’ll still keep coming back though as we do enjoy many of their other dishes and the reasonable prices.
13223-2 Black Mountain Rd
San Diego, CA 92129