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Best Thai in North Hollywood

I know Krua Thai, anything else really good in NoHO?

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Krua Thai Restaurant
13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

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  1. Sunshine and Swan are good, Bua Siam is quite good, Sri Siam is also very good (particularly for the regional stuff). In the back of the Super Mall (next to El Super) is Khanhthong Song Fung Kong, one of the original papaya salad (and grilled meat on sticks) vendors from the Wat Thai food stalls, and the other papaya salad is or was in New King Seafood market on Sherman Way just east of Coldwater Canyon (north side of the street).

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    Bua Siam
    12924 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

    New King
    21415 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91303

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Several months ago I tried to find the old Wat Thai mango sticky rice lady at the New King Seafood supermarket and came up empty handed... any idea where she's gone to?

      I do miss those good ol' Wat Thai days.

      Mr Taster

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      New King
      21415 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91303

      1. re: Mr Taster

        Ms. Pei, the mango lady from the temple, has a weekend booth at Cha Chaa Thai Restaurant. Call ahead of time to see if mango is in season. The food at the restaurant is so-so at best.
        Cha Chaa
        12936 Sherman Way
        North Hollywood, CA 91605
        (818) 503-8884

        1. re: Mr Taster

          I think the 'mango-sticky rice lady' is still there but only on certain days. There is a hand written sign on the wall that states what days she is there but I can't remember what it says, sorry.
          I miss Wat Thai L.A. weekends too - a lot!!!

          1. re: sel

            Ms. Pei is only there on Sat. & Sun. if mangoes are in season. Call 1st.

        2. re: Das Ubergeek

          Tried the Som Tum ordered max hot with blue crab at the El Super Mall a few weeks ago and it was a delight of flavors served by a friendly vendor in a dreary and nearly dead shopping mall. My advice is to take it home if you live nearby or just ignore the lack of ambiance and enjoy the grub if home is too far!

          1. re: sel

            I love that place. The Colombian seafood place next to it, La Perla del Pacífico, is worthwhile too, and there's a branch of Metro Balderas back there for your weekend carnitas binges.

          2. re: Das Ubergeek

            I agree with Sri Siam and raise you Sanamluang. Their deep fried pork belly, sausage and duck combo are superb.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              WOW!! You got me all excited. I live nearby and never knew there was anything except El Super there. I'll have to try it. Is it inside the market?? Do they have my favorite pork belly?

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                I cannot agree with the Sunshine recommendation.
                Really pedestrian tastes relative to the good places around, namely Sanamluang and especially Jitlada in Hollywood, which if you live in Studio City or Sherman Oaks are about equidistant apart, and definitely worlds apart food-wise.

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

                1. re: carter

                  I haven't been in two years. It is possible that it has declined.

              2. Can't say much for Krua Thai. Cute waitstaff carefully positioned to distract from the most mediocre of Thai food.

                I really like Swan Thai on Sherman. They have excellent oxtail soup and and a tasty fried pork belly dish. Had a nice morning glory salad there too. The woman who is working when I'm there is very friendly and unlike Krua Thai they won't steer you into their most vanilla dishes if you ask pointed questions about what's on the menu.

                Sanamluang is always a good option. Don't know why it's decorated like a Johnny Rocket's but the eponymous noodle soup is better than the Hollywood location's. It also seems like the menu is a bit more comprehensive.

                Then there's the papaya salad lady in the La Fiesta Super Mall (now called La Fiesta Swap Meet). Fair warning, it's the fish-sauciest papaya salad I've ever had but it's really grown on me. They make it in front of you in the big mortar and pestle-thingy. Their larb and satay are also good (except for the super-chewy chicken hearts). I want to explore their menu further but the ladies behind the counter are nice but not particularly accommodating to the curious 'hound.

                Just an aside, unlike sel I never find eating in the Super Mall dreary. It's a heady mix of banger tattoo parlors, Korean knock-off shops and places to buy bb guns and fake swords. If someone asked me to take them out to eat to the one place that summed up LA, the La Fiesta food court would be the spot.

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                Krua Thai Restaurant
                13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

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                1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                  Have you tried the pork belly at Sanamluang? If so, how does it compare to Swan Thai?

                  1. re: mucho gordo

                    Haven't done the pork belly at Sanamluang but I'll give it a go next week and come back with a report.

                    1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                      Thanks. It would be greatly appreciated. The dish I remember was a combo with duck and, I think, sausage.

                      1. re: mucho gordo

                        As promised back with a pork belly comparison. Had the Cha-Po from Sanamluang - it was a pile of rice with some very bad char siu, pretty good duck and over-fried pork belly. The sauce had a soy and duck fat flavor - not really sure what it was. All the flavors came together nicely but overall it was pretty meh.

                        This was not nearly as good as the perfectly prepared pork belly dish at Swan. that was simple, straightforward and tasty. I think it's what they would call 'thai-style chinese.'

                        Anyway, I'm back to only ordering Sanamluang Noodle - and looking forward to probing the menu further at Swan.

                        1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                          Yeah, I ended up at Swan after making the inquiry here and everything was fantastic. Pork with broccoli, morning glories, papaya salad, sausage, (that's all I can remember right now) not a bad dish among them.

                          1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                            Good to know, Mr. g. Thanks. Now, where is Swan located so I can get some?

                            1. re: mucho gordo

                              Here is the link for Swan Restaurant. I've only been once, need to go back!

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                              Swan Restaurant
                              12728 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

                              1. re: sel

                                Just drove by yesterday to pinpoint the location. Will try to get there 1 day this week for lunch.

                            2. re: mrgreenbeenz

                              I'm with you about the char sui at Sanamluang. I order their General Noodle soup frequently and usually eat around the char sui.

                      2. re: mrgreenbeenz

                        I've had the opposite experience at the place in La Fiesta (its name is Khanhthong Song Fung Kong)... they tried to steer me vanilla, but after I reminisced about their booth at the wat, they were much more forthcoming and even made me a little taste of the bamboo salad, which I'd only had once at the food booths.

                        My only gripe about KSFK is that occasionally they use lettuce rather than cabbage when you order the sour sausage, and occasionally whatever leafy green they do give you is not the best quality. Other than that, I love it.

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                        La Fiesta Restaurant
                        403 S D St, Perris, CA 92570

                      3. I eat at Chiangsan quite frequently. None of the more exotic dishes such as a re mentioned in this thread but good solid Thai food. They do an orange flavor chicken that is incredibly good and superior to any Chinese version in my opinion because it is not drenched in a gloopy sauce. Their noodle dishes are excellent and their meat, shrimp and chicken stir frys are tasteful. They are on Colfax just south of Magnolia on the westside of the street. Give it a try. I think you'll like it and it's not expensive.

                        1. I keep these 3 for my Thai rotation in North Hollywood, all for different dishes. First is Swan Thai, be sure to ask for the sampler menu too, they usually don't bring it out unless you ask. Huge selection to try at $3.00 and this is my spot for the best Tom Yum Noodle Soup in the Valley, the sampler portion is enough as your appetizer. Swan Thai makes great curry dishes, pad see ew, pineapple fried rice and more. Next spot is Krua Thai, I love their egg rolls and satay, most know to try their own pad thai version which is very tasty and I come here for their cashew chicken, sounds like a chinese dish but boy is the flavor and spices on it here! Next up is Sanamluang and yes I enjoy the decor and supporting of artists work on the walls. They make great soups just serve zero curries on their menu. I do enjoy their crab cakes. All the above are wonderful!

                          Also I do miss Sunshine Thai which is a different restaurant now, they used to have a homemade coconut milk desert with pumpkin chunks sitting inside the blow, boy was that delightful.

                          Cheers,

                          Stuart

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                          Krua Thai Restaurant
                          13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

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                          1. re: Hypnotic23

                            Your comments are exactly the reason I go to Jitlada - your suggestions as to the best in each restaurant are of no interest to me. Jitlada has truly different dishes, and very different levels of spice and taste. I like curry dishes, yet have found no Thai place that really does them as interestingly as Indian places.
                            Be at Jitlda at 6pm tonight, in fact!

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

                            1. re: carter

                              Carter, I don't see your reasoning to knock my comments & suggestions. Thai food is a question of northern & southern cooking. I for one like thai food that's made with great flavor be it common dishes to curry's as to what I wrote. I'm well aware of Jitlada and the closest to that I've come across in the Valley is The Rustic Spoon on Lankershim in North Hollywood. I think you should try it and report back, they have curry dishes you wont have anywhere else. Personally I stick with curries for Indian restaurants and we are lucky to have many great spots to choose from. For Thai food I enjoy a good soup, noodle dishes as well as traditional curries be it Panang or a green curry. To each his own.

                              Respect,

                              Stuart

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

                              1. re: Hypnotic23

                                Just returned from Jitlada, and had a sensational soup, half a honey duck (for 3 people), Tom Yum Shrimp, a sensational soft shell crab in garlic sauce dish, as well as spinach with pork belly and the now in season mango/sticky rice for dessert.
                                No pad thai in sight nor even thought of, no curry dishes, nor even thought of, no pineapple anything, nor even thought of.
                                Probably the only thing I personally would not reorder would be the dessert, which was good, just not my thing. Nephew's wife loves it, and since I was treating, I got it for her.
                                These are the reasons for my comments - your preferences are not mine, and thus the venture to Sunset Blvd, not sherman way.

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

                                1. re: carter

                                  Wow carter, you've really convinced me that jitlada is the best thai in north hollywood. can we be friends?

                                  i guess not, 'cause yesterday in my continuing efforts to wind this thread into my daily life I tried out Sri Siam. Very, very good. A lot of complexity of flavor. Despite the pedestrian nature of my choices the pad thai had a good undercurrent of sourness and the duck curry was really layered and interesting and chock full of tasty thai eggplants.

                                  Hard to give it a full evaluation from two dishes but I'm leaning on giving it a place in the n. holly thai pantheon right next to Swan.

                                  1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                                    Boy, I love this. Being a lawyer who does mediation work I want to start with a theory. That for each one of your tastes your restaurants are the best. This ha nothing to do with being friends. It has to do with or reporting food to one another. No one commented on my favorite whether it would have been good, bad or indifferent but I still like Chiangsan. Good duck curry by the way. I didn't come on this board to make enemies or to necessarily make friends (although that would be nice). I came on board to hear what the talk on the street is about various types of food. Now I propose that a group of us get together, at my house if you wish, and everybody brings a dish from their favorite restaurant and their favorite dish (quantity to be determined once we know how many people take up this challenge) and then comment on the different or maybe in some cases similar dishes. By the way, I drink wine with my Thai food, Uh oh. Does that get me in trouble. It did once before on this board and I certainly wouldn't want to be thought a snob again. It's really just a personal preference.

                                    1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                                      I lived walking distance from Sri Siam for three years and didn't go until the last year I lived there. Talk about a wasted two years... is the khao soi still impeccable?

                                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                        Srisiam Cafe No 2 is the Thai restaurant that I frequent more than any other but I have not tried their khao soi noodles yet. I haven't even noticed it on their menu, but I WILL try it soon! They have many great items from which to choose but if I had to pick one, worthy of a trip from your new home in another county, it is from the Thai language whiteboard menu. Ask for the 'Whole Fish With Chilis, Garlic and Herbs!' It is mind blowingly wonderful!!!

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                                        Srisiam Cafe No 2
                                        12847 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91605

                                        1. re: sel

                                          Okay, I'm confused. Are these two places actually separate restaurants:

                                          1. Sri Siam Cafe
                                          12843 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91605
                                          818-982-6262
                                          http://www.srisiamcafe1.com/

                                          2. Srisiam Cafe No 2
                                          12847 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91605
                                          818-982-6161

                                          1. re: Peripatetic

                                            No, there is only one location. I wrote my post that way so that it would work with the CHOW places link. Srisiam Cafe No 2 has expanded but is still in the minimall at the corner of Coldwater Cyn X Vanowen St. Maybe they dropped the 'No 2' when they made new signs after they opened the new expansion into the adjoining space?

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                                            Srisiam Cafe No 2
                                            12847 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91605

                                            1. re: sel

                                              At one time they had 2 restos in the same strip center with another store between them. Apparently the between tenant went out and Sri Siam was able to combine by expanding into the vacant one.

                                          2. re: sel

                                            That whole fish - trout I believe - is friggin' great.

                                            1. re: Ciao Bob

                                              Ya, me and a friend just had this. It's really quite good. Couldn't find it until the lady turned the menu to the last page.

                                    2. re: Hypnotic23

                                      I can't believe you compared Jitlada to Rustic Spoon.

                                      Just went for the first time after eyeballing that 4.5* yelp rating for years - I can describe Rustic Spoon in 2 words - MAXIMUM GRINGO.

                                      There is literally nothing on the Rustic Spoon menu that is reminiscent of Jitlada.