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so i've lately developed a craving for the papaya salad at ruen pair...

rameniac Jun 11, 2007 11:02 PM

...medium spicyness, with dried shrimp. crazy good, and i don't even normally like veggie-taybles as brian wilson would say. best in thai town? best in east hollywood? any other joint even dare come close??

  1. rednyellow Jun 12, 2007 01:51 PM

    I"ve had very good at Yai, at Hollywood and Vermont. I like Ruen Pair,but haven't had their papaya salad, so can't compair.

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      ysb Jun 12, 2007 04:08 PM

      I had their papaya salad, and it was so cloyingly sweet for me that I couldn't finish it.

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        rameniac Jun 12, 2007 04:17 PM

        it might be on the sweet side, but i can't compare it to others as it's not something i typically eat. i suppose i'll give a yai a try next!

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          Chowpatty Jun 12, 2007 04:18 PM

          Try Nadpob in Silver Lake. I think it was better than Yai although I can't remember exactly.

      2. DanaB Jun 12, 2007 05:18 PM

        They have a delicious green papaya salad at Rambutan Thai in Silver Lake.


        1. Das Ubergeek Jun 12, 2007 09:54 PM

          Best period is at the Wat, but I don't have recent enough papaya salad experience on the Eastside to help.

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            sel Jun 12, 2007 10:03 PM

            Look for the longest line, order it spicy with blue crab and it is often out of this world!


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            Erik M Jun 13, 2007 08:01 AM

            Walk across the parking lot to Ganda.

            Try the som tam puu dawng, which is a papaya salad with raw/marinated blue crab.

            I've written about it here before, and you'll find additional info, pics, and my most recent menu translation here:


            Oh, and if you like what you find at Ganda, go *back* to Ruen Pair and try the yam puu dawng, which is a platter of simply-dressed spicy raw blue crab. It's one of my favourite dishes in Thaitown.


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