Healthy Menus, Fresh Herbs, and Sunshine Thai

Oct 17, 2009 by Lisa Newton

When you’re in Long Beach, and want to have a quick, affordable, and tasty meal, check out Sunshine Thai Cuisine, located on Pacific Avenue. Its broad menu, clean surroundings, and cheap eats without usurping on quality, make it worthwhile.

The Sunshine Thai Cuisine restaurant, which specializes in fresh daily prepared vegetable broth and healthy homemade meals, is unassuming from the outside, but once inside, the cleanliness of the small dining room, the smell of its Thai-Asian cuisine, and the pictures of its different dishes on the wall begin the time-honored tradition of getting your mouth savoring and your appetite ready for a delicious meal.


Let's start with salad

After perusing the extensive menu, which by the way contains no msg, I chose the lunch special, which includes a small salad, eggroll, and main course for only $5.99. The salad, with homemade dressing, was light and the perfect start to whet my taste buds.


Let's eat!!

As soon as I finished my salad, the plate was whisked away and replaced with the main course. Along with the dishes served on modern white dinner plates with perfectly sized portions, the waitress also brought a small tray of condiments familiar with Thai restaurants. The friend who accompanied me for lunch ordered the Chicken Noodle dish, which was melt-in-my-mouth delicious. I started my meal with the crispy eggroll, and then began to thoroughly enjoy the spicy yet familiar dish of vegetables, fried rice and chicken in my Pak Ka Prow.

After we finished, I talked to the owner, In, for a few minutes. She talked about her desire to grow, create, and serve the best and freshest ingredients for her customer’s meals. To that end, she has a small garden in the back of the restaurant where she grows lemon grass, basil, and mint which she uses in her soups and salads.


Fresh herbs

To top it off, she uses recycled material to grow her basil, as exemplified it growing in an old plastic container. I immediately loved the idea of both sustainability and recycling combined to flavor a meal with herbs and essences naturally grown.

With only the plant and water, nature takes over and the end product is a fresher, more flavorful meal, which is just what you’ll find at:

Sunshine Thai Cuisine

2233 Pacific Ave.

Long Beach CA 90806



When you eat there, be sure to bring your appetite as well as mentioning to In, that you found out about the restaurant from Travelin’ Local.

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One Response to “Healthy Menus, Fresh Herbs, and Sunshine Thai”

  1. Darnell Gluck says:

    I’m so worried about the way our children are headed in nowadays. Watching Jamie Olivers food revolution tv show scared the thingies out of me. I suggest we all start cooking some healthy recipe like these at home if we’re going to fix this horrible situation. The ones on that site seem pretty easy, I tried last night and it’s the first time my family has eaten well in so long, I just feel wonderful.


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