There's nothing worse than going to a place when you're starving only to find out that it's closed in between the peak lunch or dinner times. We are fortunate that we don't have it as bad as they do in Europe though. If you don't get nothing to eat at the standard lunch or dinner times, you're literally screwed. Everything is closed, it's either you eat or starve.
Luckily, not every establishment carries this, Saladong Song being one of these.
I had heard about this place but didn't feel the urge to go since no other place i tried compared to Thai Purple, in Alhambra.(not to mention the complimentary coconut dessert). But with Tibet Nepal House in Pasadena being closed and i've been trying to broaden my restaurant reportoire, i didn't care were we went anymore.
We didn't know were to go between Saladong and Saladong Song, but we ended up going to the Latter since i remembered it being mentioned alot. The place was really bright, since it had Windows instead of Walls, better alowing the food to showcase it's plentiful hues. The place was definetely health-conscious, offereing "steamed multi grains" if you wanted some. I sampled the "Limited Edition" Hah-mok-pla, a fish-curry cake steamed in a Banana Leaf. my brother ordered the Yum Eggplant Salad and also ordered their Pad Thai instead of rice.
The Hah-Mok-Pla is what makes this place different than any other Thai Places. The Fish Cake was faultless, with the essenses of Thai Basil, Cabbage and Sweet Peppers, it just dissolved in your mouth. This had a right to be a limited Edition Item. With the Eggplant being labeled under salads, i thought it was going to like an actual cold salad but was deceived when the dish came. A whole Japanese Eggplant grilled and cut into three slices topped with butterflied Shrimp and the perfect tangy dressing. Squishy, in a good way. I ended up dipipng everything else into the dressing also. The Protein-Rich Pad Thai was unusually served in a omelette style, with the noodles and everything else inside, but the change was a good thing, especially for me right now. Although i must of ate more than half of everything, i didn't feel stuffed.
Saladong Song had serenaded me.
363 S Fair Oaks Ave (Cross Street: W Bellevue Drive)
Pasadena, CA 91105View Map
Fax: (626) 793-7030