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May 28, 2007 07:07 AM

Green Payaya salad fever!

Where did you eat the best green papaya salad? I can't find one better than Ruen Pair in Thaitown but I live in Sherman Oaks. I'd love to find a perfect one closer to me. Thanks!

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  1. best i've had and close to you is wat thai temple food fair every weekend in north hollywood. there are 2 stands that make fresh papaya salad, pick the one on the left.

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    1. re: zack

      Pick the one with the longer line.

      1. re: SauceSupreme

        Definitely pick the one with the longer line. Also bear in mind that there are two lines at each of the two (or sometimes three) stalls that sell this -- one for papaya salad and one for grilled meat. You can order grilled meat from the papaya salad line, but NOT papaya salad from the grilled meat line.

        Besides being the best som tum I've ever eaten in my life, you can NOT beat the price -- what amounts to a quart of som tum for $3.

    2. I was just at Wat Thai this weekend. Hadn't been in a bit. After eating the Papaya Salad, I now remember why I need to go back sooner. It has a bit of a deeper funkiness that most places don't have. The Mango with Sticky Rice is another reason to make the drive. The mangoes are so tasty. I can't find any other place that has them that good.

      1. We'd like some GP salad hints for OC as well. One of the many reasons we morn the demise of Bangkok 4 in Costa Mesa.

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        1. re: thebaron

          Thai Nakorn, on the corner of Beach Blvd and Chapman Ave. in Stanton. Be aware that this is a Thai restaurant run by and for Thais, so the spice level is amped up from your usual run-of-the-mill Thai takeaway (meaning even "mild" is "spicy to non-Thais", and the default is "screamingly, sweatingly, hurts-so-good hot"). Or, for an even better option, get the crispy catfish with mango salad (bear in mind, the "catfish" is little pebbles of fishy "fried", and the mango is green mango treated the same way as traditional som tum).