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Where to find the best Pad Kee Mao (AKA Drunken Noodle) in LA?

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jdwalker Jan 24, 2007 10:04 AM

Does anyone have suggestions on where to find the best Pad Kee Mao in LA? The nearer to the Mar Vista area the better, but I'm willing to drive farther to get a clearly superior dish. Thanks.

  1. javabean116 Jan 25, 2007 08:46 AM

    I will love to try these places too, any addresses for them? thanks!

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      jdwalker Jan 24, 2007 04:03 PM

      Thanks to all of you, and to anyone that replies after this. It looks like I have a good list of places to try out.

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        koan05 Jan 24, 2007 03:33 PM

        Sapp Coffee Shop on Hollywood Blvd right across the street from Sanamluang (overrated by the way, IMO). They don't have it on the menu, but if you ask them they will make it for you. Yum yum yum...

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          uclaben Jan 24, 2007 02:29 PM

          I'm by no means a Thai expert, but I really enjoyed my drunken noodles at Ayara Thai in Westchester. Very close to you, and the entire meal was excellent.

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            Ogawak Jan 25, 2007 08:38 AM

            I second Ayara Thai. I'm no Thai expert either, but the drunken noodles there was one fine experience. It's in downtown Westchester near the corner of Manchester and Sepulveda. You have to go behind the parking lot.

            Ayara Thai Cuisine
            (310) 410-8848
            6245 W 87th St, Los Angeles, CA

          2. caille en sarcophage Jan 24, 2007 10:58 AM

            I love the chicken pad kee mao at Krua Thai on Sherman Way in North Hollywood. It's like a Thai-style Spaghetti Bolognese - rich and tomato-y, but also mega-hot and topped with basil.

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              Mermazon Jan 24, 2007 10:39 AM

              Oh no, not even close to MSG! This is a hot red pepper....chili pepper, in other words. It can be used for food or healing, but in different forms of course! Usually the only time I hear that word in the USA (Capsicum or Capsaicin) is when it's used in a medicinal way. IE: Many types of sports muscle rubs contain capsaicin. It's used as a circulatory stimulant and pain reliever. O=:)

              1. Chowpatty Jan 24, 2007 10:26 AM

                Best I've had recently is at Nadpob in Silver Lake, a cut above Sanumluang, which is still pretty good. It's usually quite spicy there.
                They've always done an excellent version, quite a bit milder, at Torung on Hollywood Blvd.

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                  debra Jan 24, 2007 05:05 PM

                  I second Nadpob, theirs were excellent, as was everything we ordered there (or was ordered for us --I was invited to a dinner party, and it turned out to be thrown by a Thai Chef, and some of his teaching aids --SCORE). I have to also mention that he ordered the German pork knuckle or leg I think it was called, it was smoked, and then deep fried -- fantasic, tender meat surrounded by crackling crisp exterior. Not something you might think to order, but it was amazing.

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                  kevin Jan 24, 2007 10:15 AM

                  another form of MSG???

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                    wilafur Jan 24, 2007 06:03 PM

                    no. capsaicin is all natural.

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                    kevin Jan 24, 2007 10:15 AM

                    what's capicisin/

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                      tony michaels Jan 24, 2007 10:21 AM

                      Fruits of the Capsicum genus contain capsaicin, a chemical compound which stimulates thermoreceptor nerve endings in the skin, especially the mucus membranes. (and make you say "Hot Hot Hot")

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                        kingkong5 Jan 24, 2007 10:31 AM

                        capsaicin is the active ingredient in chili peppers, what makes thai food so hot. A lot of the boutique hot sauces (Dave's insanity, etc.) purify and concentrate the capsaicin, which allows their sauces to go off the Scoville charts!

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                        djquinnc Jan 24, 2007 10:11 AM

                        I like it best at Sanamluang Café, not very close to you, but good to know if you are in Hollywood ever. Mind you, I have to ask for it "mild" there. Even my pal who is impervious to high levels of capsicum (or is it capsaicin?) thought that ordering it as is was over the top. Nonetheless, very tasty - as are most of their noodles.

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                          oro3030 Jan 24, 2007 02:32 PM

                          I am a huge fan of the pad kee mow at Sanamluang. A perfect late night treat.

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                            eecue Jan 24, 2007 04:16 PM

                            I also will vouch for Sanamlaung... their Pad Kee Mao is delicious. I love the fact that they're open to 4:00am. When I used to live in Hollywood all the waitresses knew me and when I go back they still remember me. I also love the duck salad. One thing that totally rocks, but isn't on the menu is Spicy Coconut Seafood soup, order it, you'll love it. Also the food is inexpensive.

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                            kevin Jan 24, 2007 10:05 AM

                            near there typhoon is not bad.

                            try tuk tuk on pico, that's not a bad option either.

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