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Chef Jet's Top Ten LA Thai?

bo_burger Oct 2, 2006 05:53 PM

Did anyone make a list of Chef Jet Tila's top ten thai restaurants in LA from Saturday's "Good Food" broadcast? I wasn't sure that he actually did 10 places even, but the ones he mentioned got me very excited. There wasn't anything on his website either.

  1. Chowpatty Oct 2, 2006 06:01 PM

    from memory, and not in exact order:
    Yai - Hollywood -- this was his favorite
    Sunshine - North Hollywood
    Ruen Pair - Hollywood (he didn't note that they are closed for remodeling)
    Red Corner Asia - Hollywood
    Thai Nakorn - Buena Park
    Hollywood Thai - Hollywood
    The Palm - Hollywood

    That's all I can remember, but you can listen to the streaming show on KCRW.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Chowpatty
      Das Ubergeek Oct 2, 2006 06:24 PM

      Bear in mind that Thai Nakorn is now in Garden Grove -- the Buena Park location has closed. It's still excellent, a worthy contender (food-wise, anyway) with Lotus of Siam in Vegas.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek
        Curt the Soi Hound Oct 3, 2006 12:57 AM

        Makes one wonder how on top of it he really is!
        Thai Nakorn, Buena Park, has been closed for quite some time.

        1. re: Curt the Soi Hound
          liu Oct 3, 2006 01:15 AM

          "Makes one wonder..." I was also surprised at his pick for #1. As I described below, we ate at Yai the same night of his report, and while it was very good, it might not be my pick for THE top Thai restaurant in LA -- and we did have one of the dishes that he raved about.

          Please do try it, because it is quite good (no decor at all!), but Number One???

      2. re: Chowpatty
        mc michael Oct 3, 2006 03:17 AM

        I tried listening to the podcast and he mumbled a lot. I think he only mentioned the 7 you listed, unless he quickly slipped some in there. Maybe they had to edit it down to fit the broadcast cuz it seemed like he skipped(in reverse order) from #6 (Red Corner) to #2(Sunshine). Although without calling it one of his faves he did mention the Buddhist Temple, I think.

        1. re: Chowpatty
          Cinnamon Oct 14, 2006 02:26 AM

          Here's the KCRW link:

          1. re: Chowpatty
            mstinawu Oct 14, 2006 03:35 AM

            Are any of those places in Thai Town?

          2. liu Oct 2, 2006 06:32 PM

            We went to Yai (#1 pick) after we heard the report. It is truly a hole-in-the-wall, in a small mini-mall, but the food is really good. Is it "the best" Thai I have ever had? -- no, but I would return for dinner.

            I enjoyed a longan juice drink that was a nice change from Thai tea. We also had a crispy catfish which was recommended by Chef Jet. This had an apple/red onion/pepper salsa with it that was perfectly spiced to cut the fry of the catfish. We also enjoyed a glass noodle/shrimp dish.

            When we began, about 6-ish on Saturday night, there were only a few other tables occupied. When we left, 7:30-ish, the place was full. Service was quite friendly.

            1. t
              tuttifrutti Oct 2, 2006 10:07 PM

              i love chef jet tila! he teaches classes at new school of cooking in culver city, and it's always great!

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              1. re: tuttifrutti
                ciaobella Oct 3, 2006 03:21 AM

                oooh, what school is that?


                1. re: ciaobella
                  Professor Salt Oct 3, 2006 03:57 AM

                  That's the name: The New School of Cooking.

                  Now what's on second?


                  1. re: Professor Salt
                    bo_burger Oct 3, 2006 04:59 PM

                    What a coincidence! I just got my wife a gift certificate for that school 2 weeks ago, but I'd never heard of it. Cool!

                2. re: tuttifrutti
                  Muhlyssa Oct 3, 2006 04:31 AM

                  Chef Jet is a great teacher, he also teaches at Sur La Table. I took a knife skills class from him and fell in love.

                  1. re: Muhlyssa
                    Detroit Slim Oct 3, 2006 07:10 PM

                    I took a 3 part class from him at Sur La Table... Great teacher, and an awesome guy! Felt like I tripled my kitchen skills from the classes with him.

                    I think the Garden Grove restaurant he listed might be his family's. I also remember him talking about a foodstand place in a downtown market area as having incredible Thai food as well, but I can't remember the name of it.

                    1. re: Detroit Slim
                      Chowpatty Oct 3, 2006 07:18 PM

                      I enjoyed my class at New School of Cooking with him as well. His family is not affiliated with Renu Nakorn though -- they own Royal Thai in Newport and Laguna as well as Bangkok Market on Melrose.
                      I can't imagine what Thai place would be downtown, are you sure he wasn't talking about the Wat Thai temple in North Hollywood?

                      1. re: Chowpatty
                        Cinnamon Oct 14, 2006 02:21 AM

                        FWIW, I drove by Royal Thai in Newport and saw a sign that said cooking classes.

                  2. re: tuttifrutti
                    janelle Oct 3, 2006 09:06 PM

                    i took his class there. not only was the class great -- an asian cooking class where he really delved into the differences between various asian cooking (japanese soy versus chinese soy, brown sugar versus palm sugar etc) and offered up some great but not too complicated recipes -- but he even met me a few days later at bangkok market in order to walk me through the store and help me stock up my pantry with the appropriate asian cooking sundries. such a nice guy.

                  3. s
                    SteveInSoCal Oct 2, 2006 10:15 PM

                    I've tried and enjoyed many of the restaurants on the list. Did anyone catch the missing 2 from the list? In a city like LA with so many good Thai reasturants it would be easy to double or triple the list.

                    1. b
                      bo_burger Oct 3, 2006 04:53 PM

                      Thanks for getting the info up everyone. I wonder what those other 3 were...

                      1. j
                        jettila Oct 6, 2006 07:47 PM

                        Here you all go, sorry will start posting here now. I'm kinda Computer lame...I know it's so subjective but it's based on a place where you can easily order 10 to 15 excellent dishes instead of one or two great ones and rest of the food soso.


                        Yai Restaurant
                        5757 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
                        (323) 462-0292
                        Crispy Catfish with chili paste
                        Puffed Catfish with Apple Salad
                        Pork Belly Pard Nar
                        Spicy Pad Thai

                        Sunshine Restaurant
                        13212 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA
                        (818) 764-6989
                        Shallow Sea
                        Fresh Thai Springroll
                        Yentafo Noodles
                        Shrimp Paste Rice

                        Ruen Pair
                        Ruen Pair Restaurant
                        5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
                        (323) 466-0153
                        Thai Papaya Salad
                        Laos Papaya Salad
                        Moo Dat Diew (Pork Jerky)
                        Spicy Basil Duck


                        Siam Sunset
                        5265 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
                        (323) 467-8935
                        Pork Porridge
                        Chinese Donuts
                        Spicy Basil Pork Leg
                        Fresh Soymilk

                        Sapp Restaurant
                        5183 Hollywood Blvd.
                        Hollywood, CA
                        (323) 665-1035
                        Beef Boat Noodles
                        Pork Jerky
                        Muslim Chicken and Rice
                        Crab with Rice Stick Noodles

                        Thai Nakorn
                        Thai Nakorn Restaurant
                        8674 Stanton Ave, Buena Park, CA
                        (714) 952-4954
                        Som Tum
                        Larb Duck
                        North Sausage
                        Larb Chicken

                        Hollywood Thai
                        Hollywood Thai Restaurant
                        5241 Hollywood Blvd,
                        Los Angeles, CA 90027
                        Tom Kha Gai Soup
                        Garlic Prawns
                        Shrimp Cakes

                        Red Corner
                        Red Corner Asia Restaurant
                        5267 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
                        (323) 466-6722
                        Green Curry
                        Yum Eggplant Salad
                        Chicken on fire

                        Palms Thai
                        5900 Hollywood Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90028
                        (323) 462-5073
                        Spicy Wild Boar
                        Grilled Pork Neck
                        Spicy Pad Thai
                        Crispy Trout with Mango sauce

                        Thai BBQ Venice/Clarington
                        Thai Original BBQ Restaurant
                        10036 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA
                        (310) 559-9711
                        Thai BBQ Spareribs
                        Beef Panang
                        Dear Crab
                        Thai BBQ Chicken

                        3 Replies
                        1. re: jettila
                          tuttifrutti Oct 12, 2006 09:03 PM

                          we love you!!!
                          hoping to take more of your classes at n.s.o.c....

                          1. re: jettila
                            Das Ubergeek Oct 12, 2006 09:27 PM

                            Excellent... time to start eating my way around. That is, if I can pass up the temptation of all the places on Sherman Way, to which I can walk...

                            Have you had the boar at Thai Nakorn?

                            1. re: jettila
                              Curt the Soi Hound Oct 14, 2006 02:11 PM

                              Once again, the Buena Park location for Thai Nakorn has been closed for quite some time.


                            2. liu Oct 6, 2006 08:57 PM

                              Thank you for ALL this information!

                              1. b
                                bo_burger Oct 12, 2006 09:01 PM

                                Whoa! Thanks, Jet!!!

                                1. j
                                  jettila Oct 13, 2006 02:58 PM

                                  You gals/guys are welcome! Always glad to be of service! Keep in touch!!

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