Chef Jet's Top Ten LA Thai?
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.
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.
re: Curt the Soi Hound
"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???
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.
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.
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.
re: Detroit Slim
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?
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.
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.
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.
5757 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Crispy Catfish with chili paste
Puffed Catfish with Apple Salad
Pork Belly Pard Nar
Spicy Pad Thai
13212 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA
Fresh Thai Springroll
Shrimp Paste Rice
Ruen Pair Restaurant
5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Thai Papaya Salad
Laos Papaya Salad
Moo Dat Diew (Pork Jerky)
Spicy Basil Duck
5265 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Spicy Basil Pork Leg
5183 Hollywood Blvd.
Beef Boat Noodles
Muslim Chicken and Rice
Crab with Rice Stick Noodles
Thai Nakorn Restaurant
8674 Stanton Ave, Buena Park, CA
Hollywood Thai Restaurant
5241 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tom Kha Gai Soup
Red Corner Asia Restaurant
5267 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Yum Eggplant Salad
Chicken on fire
5900 Hollywood Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90028
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
Thai BBQ Spareribs
Thai BBQ Chicken