Yes, it’s Thai. Yes, it’s vegan. But it’s not quite a café, and not the easiest to find, either.
On the corner of Washington Street and Beach Street, at the fringe of Boston’s lively Chinatown, there’s an unassumingly small and faded sign indicating “My Thai Vegan Café” – a bit dwarfed in comparison to the vibrant pho restaurant’s décor below. However, behind an unmarked door, and up what appears to be a private back staircase, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you’re greeted with a warm and brightly lit atmosphere. The room is bordered with tall floor-to-ceiling windows, and enough foliage to evoke memories of a greenhouse. Except, a greenhouse with delicious and affordable vegan Thai cuisine!
My Thai’s Facebook pages sites the restaurant as being “Perhaps the oldest all-vegan restaurant in greater Boston.” And while I may not know what they base that claim off of, I can attest that they’re definitely one of the best.
This family-run establishment provides sit down dining service and takeaway, both of which include you choosing a traditional Thai dish base, and then adding whichever vegan “meat” you desire. These proteins include the traditional tofu, as well as “chicken,” “shrimp,” “beef,” or gluten. Which I’m still not 100% certain what it is – however, once you get over any hesitation on this vegan protein, even carnivorous friends I’ve brought to My Thai have left full and satisfied.
My Thai also includes an extensive bubble tea café, to end your meal on a sweet note.