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Dec 4, 2010 09:02 AM

Anybody know of a Thai place that serves Pad Thai like they do in Thailand?

When I was in Thailand a few years ago, I was in noodle heaven with the ubiquitous pad thai street vendors. Unlike virtually all pad thai I have had in the States, in Thailand you find it with green onion, sprouts, peanuts, tofu, and meat of your choice. The seasoning is mild with fish and soy sauce and you add sugar and chili flakes and squeeze fresh lime on your own. For some reason the pad thai here is overly-sweetened with something akin to a sweet and sour glaze. Any help hounders would be greatly appreciated; preferably something near the Valley.

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  1. You might help us a bit by telling us where you've tried Pad Thai thus far in the States.

    In any event, might try the Pad Thai at Renu Nakorn if you haven't already. Also, I know that Jitlada has Pad Thai but I've never tried it myself. Couldn't imagine it wouldn't be good at Jitlada.

    Also, Wat Thai may have it once in a while amongst its many food stalls.

    5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Renu Nakorn Restaurant
    13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I thought the Wat Thai food stalls were long gone. Am I wrong about that? I hope I am.

        1. re: ChowHi

          I heard it was back on, but not in full force.

          And according to recent Yelp reports, it seems to be the case.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Just checked out the Yelp link. Sounds like it is back on, to some extent. Great news.

    2. There's a brief but enlightening discussion of the two main variations of pad thai here:

      I personally like the variation that is sweet and sour with syrupy palm sugar and tamarind.

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      1. re: sushigirlie

        Very interesting, thanks for the link. I suppose having the classic pad thai in Thailand before trying the modern western version has ruined my chances of enjoying the non-classico. The variation you speak of is what I enjoy. For some reason paprika and/or tomato sauce has made it's way into the dish and I really don't feel as though they make it better. There is a happy simplicity when the balance of sweet and spicy mingle with herbaceous green onion and lime juice. Kup Kun Kup (thanks).

      2. it's been a long time since i've ordered pad thai, but siam i am in redondo beach makes a decent non-greasy version. order it with low sugar, no tomato sauce and paprika, and extra everything. you can get it as spicy as you want.

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          1. Try Ord Noodles on Hollywood Boulevard.

            Ord Noodles
            5401 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027