Happy New Year! I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions this year that I would probably eventually give up on, so instead I’ll make a wish. I wish to eat just as many or more amazing things this year as I did last. I also want to find things I haven’t gotten a chance to discover or try yet. Here’s to a great 2016 all!
There was a time Michael and I went to The Original Sab-E-Lee at the original location across the street almost every week. Okay, maybe it seemed like every week but we went a lot. Ever since they moved and more Sab-E-Lee’s popped up, we sort of stopped going. Now they have a location in Rancho Penasquitos, and another location in Santee (although this one is not “original”).
Thai iced tea please! Always a good way to start things off. A tall glass of that super sweet stuff to level the spicy playing field.
Papaya salad is a normal dish I like to get and their spice levels here are not toned down for our Americanized tongues. I think we got a 4 and I felt it right away. I don’t remember it being super fish saucy, but this one had a pungent taste that was a little off-putting. Don’t get me wrong. I like my fish sauce, but it seemed a bit much.
The Tom Yum Soup was spicy as well but didn’t have as strong of a lemongrass taste as I remembered. It was still quite satisfying but I didn’t feel it as much as I used to. The spice level was no joke. I literally coughed after one small tiny sip to check for temperature. I must be losing my ability to eat spicy foods. Shame!
The Pad See Ew with chicken matched the flavor from the smaller location, bite for bite. I like the flavor and the chew of the noodles and the crunchy broccoli. I think this was our second food stop for the day so we didn’t order more dishes.
The Sab-E-Lee in Santee is closer to me and I end up going there more often even though I don’t think they are affiliated with each other. Their menu is also quite different but you gotta do what you gotta do over in the East side.
The Original Sab-E-Lee
6925 Linda Vista Rd, Ste B
San Diego, CA 92111