COOKING WITH HOPE – House of Pad Thai And Easy Zucchini Hummus


COOKING WITH HOPE – House of Pad Thai And Easy Zucchini Hummus

At 903 Wyandotte Street East in Windsor, you will find fresh, healthy, authentic Thai/Lao food at House of Pad Thai, where home-made, fresh off the grill and ready to order, Pad Thais are made and served.

The Vegan Pad Thai is just one of their vegan/vegetarian options available.

What is Pad Thai? It is a signature stir-fried noodle dish made with soaked rice noodles that is stir-fried with eggs and tofu, flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, and other spices such as red chili peppers. Sweetened with palm sugar and herbed with garlic or shallots to awaken one’s taste buds.

Served with lime/lemon wedges and often garnished with chopped roasted peanuts. It may also contain other vegetables like bean sprouts, garlic chives, cilantro, and usually complemented with fresh bean sprouts . . . delicious I know! You don’t have to tell me twice.

Husband and Wife Justin and Lam Harb own and have been running House of Pad Thai for the last five years. They wanted to share their culinary experience with Windsor as they learned so much about authentic their cuisines from their travels to Thailand.

They serve delicious starters, savoury soups, fresh salads, Pad Thais of course, Extra Add-Ons, coconut sticky rice dessert and Thai inspired beverages.

Everything tastes like a home cooked authentic meal!

Justin and Lam wanted to make sure that they include everyone, especially those with specific food requests like vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, halal and even those with allergies. They make their sauces from scratch right in house, and you may even purchase them.

They are very passionate about their cooking skills. At House of Pad Thai, they offer quick, fresh, healthy, On-the-GO, and convenient fast casual service for everyone, as well as catering services for groups up to six or more.

So, if you’re feeling up to a weekend get away, but are unable to actually get away, take a trip to House of Pad Thai for the feeling of a culinary adventure!

Check them out on facebook  or their website to learn more about their menu and hours, and on Instagram.

Zucchini Hummus: Serve this with your favourite fresh cut vegetables.

This week I have a summer recipe that has been a total hit at my house, and now can be at yours too! If you have a can of chickpeas sitting on your shelf and you aren’t sure what to do with it, wipe off the dust on it, because today is its day: it’s about to be hummus.

You will need . . .

  • 1 zucchini washed and cut up into slices.
  • 1 can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed. I removed the skin of each chickpea as it makes your hummus even smoother. This is optional!)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste

How to:

  1. Wash and chop your zucchini and drain and rinse your chickpeas.
  2. Remove the skin from your garlic and place everything into a high-speed blender or food processor.
  3. Add your tahini, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Blend everything until it is at the consistency that you would like.
  5. Make sure to taste test it first to see if you would like to add any more garlic or lemon juice.
  6. Use a spatula and place it into a serving dish.
  7. You may leave it in the fridge for up to one week.

Make sure to tag me on Instagram @localplanteater if you give this a try!

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Hope Monaco
Cooking With Hope Hope Monaco is a third year University of Windsor student studying a double major in Communications/Media and Psychology. She is a certified yoga teacher and has been on a plant-based diet for the last three and a half years. Since transitioning to a plant-based diet, she has become very creative in the kitchen and in food photography. This led her to create her own Instagram food blog — Local Plant Eater — and she has recently developed her own website,, where she promotes easy, simple, delicious plant-based recipes for all. She reviews local restaurants, creates her own recipes and shares her favourites as well as her preferred plant-based products. Contact Hope on Instagram @localplanteater or by emailing: [email protected]