Found: Great Hainanese chicken at new Thai restaurant in Thai town
There's a new Thai restaurant called Jinda that just opened up in the upper floor of the Thailand Plaza on Hollywood Blvd. (formerly the site of a Thai food court which had closed before I moved here).
I was impressed with the place because they had a very good Thai-rendition of Hainanese chicken rice (steamed chicken on chicken flavored rice with a spicy sauce and a bowl of fresh chicken soup on the side). The Thais actually eat this quite a bit in Thailand, but I haven't seen it much at restaurants here. The sauce on the Thai version is slightly different than the type you'd get in Singapore (or, presumably, Hainan), but it's quite delicious and has the requisite level of garlic, spice, and sweet to keep me interested. I ordered mine "white meat only and no skin," which is the way I like it, and they had no problem complying with that.
The rest of the food at Jinda looked quite good as well, and the atmosphere is a couple of notches nicer than most of the Thai places in Thai town. I also tried their version of BBQ pork on rice, and it was quite tasty as well. (On Sunday at lunch they even had a guy playing a very soothing traditional Thai instrument called a Khim (sp?). I found it quite relaxing. It's hard to believe that the economics support live music at lunch, but I'll take it when I can get it.)
Anyway, check this place out. It has sort of an obscure location and I'd like to see it stay in business.
The waiter also promised they'd make me Thai fried chicken next time I come, even though it's not on the menu. I'm excited about it.