A lot of U.P. Foodies were thrilled to see the former U.P. Thai Canteen open in Ortigas Home Depot early this year. Most people thought that Mommy Thai (as the owner was fondly called by U.P. students) closed the resto for good in 2006 after moving twice outside of the campus. I finally had the chance to try it in its current home near Starbucks in Ortigas Home Depot.

They have a simple line pricing menu — all the small dishes (good for one person) are P70, while the large dishes (good for 2-3 persons) are priced at P140.


Khao Pad really resembles a canteen where you can order your favorite Thai dishes (check out the menu on the wall). Ivan Henares suggests ordering U.P.’s Famous Mixed Dish of Beef, Chicken, Squid, Vegetable and Egg.


Turo-Turo style dishes are also available if you don’t want to wait.

You won’t miss it with its sign “Formerly U.P. Thai Canteen” on the outside. Avoid eating here during peak hours like 12nn (lunch time) or 7pm (dinner time). You have to wait for your food for almost 30 minutes.



The second floor is quite spacious, air-conditioned, and has a TV (usually showing popular masa TV shows). It also has poor acoustics — it would be quite noisy when all of the people talk and laugh at the same time.

Pad Thai (P140).

The pad thai was pale and had a weird sweet and sour taste.

Fried Bagoong Rice (P140).

Since the menu’s line-priced, the bagoong rice was relatively expensive and it was just OK.

Chicken Pandan (P140).

I liked the chicken with the hints of smoky taste and pandan leaves. This is a classic Filipino favorite popularized by Sukhothai.


Tom Yum (P140).

I noticed the soup came in last. (Apologies were given — they said the kitchen was very busy that day.) It tasted like Shrimp Sinigang, and I was not able to finish it.

I should have ordered U.P.’s Famous Mixed Dish as recommended by Ivan…


What is it with cheap Thai food that Filipinos love? And no matter how Filipinized the taste is, why do we still patronize it?



Khao Pad (Formerly U.P. Thai Canteen)
Serving authentic Thai Food since 1988
Unit 180 Auto Depot, Ortigas Home Depot,
Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City
Telephone: +632 706-3528
Email: [email protected]
Open from 10AM to 10PM, Monday to Saturday

Around the corner from Starbucks Home Depot…

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