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Oct 11, 2011 09:04 AM

need some more Thai Town ideas- getting bored of the usual!

Hi 'hounds,
Could someone give me some new Thai Town ideas? I think we're stuck in a rut with the same places.
Would love a place with top-notch curries, and maybe somewhere that does the grilled meats thing exceptionally well, but, really, anything would do!
Places we frequent already:
Jitlada- love it, but the waits have made it less of an "anytime" spot and more of a "destination"
Pa-Ord Noodle- yum.
Ruen Paar
Samanluang- maybe i get the wrong thing here, my friend loved it, I thought it was just ok...
Palm's (more for Thai Elvis than anything but their beef noodle soup and papaya salad is good!)
Also, have been several times to that Issan place with the "little birds", loved that.

Anyone have some places besides those that we've been missing out on? I seem to only see a few names when I search the board...

Thank you!

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

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  1. you've missing 2 of the best in Thai Town right now:
    Crispy Pork Gang:
    Pailin's Northern (not quite Issan) menu:

    IMO, Pailin remains superior to Krua Siri.

    Krua Siri
    5103 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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    1. re: TonyC

      okay, so tried Crispy Pork Gang tonight- crispy pork with preserved egg was very good, if not eactly a revelation. the sauce that came with the BBQ squid, however, was amazing! i want that stuff by the gallon.
      okay, Pailin is next.
      TonyC, thanks for the recs!

      1. re: jdwdeville

        holy s**t right?

        The nam pla for the BBQ squid? Ask for it to go. Ever dipped Bludso's BBQ in spicy fish sauce? Now's your chance. The stuff goes well nearly with every grilled fish known to man.

        Please request a quick translation of Pailin's dry erase board; Andy will oblige. If you get the nam prik noom, also say yes to the chicharones when asked.

        Bludso's BBQ
        811 S Long Beach Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

        1. re: TonyC

          Done, and done. Pailin is amazing. Had the issan sausage (good, very homemade tasting, maybe liked Krua Siri's version a bit better for texture), that crazy smoky stewed chili thing (what are you supposed to do with the veggies they give you- dip? Pour over?), a clam dish from the white board thai menu (holyshit amazing), fried beef larp (good, very fried-y), and a pork nam tok, mainly because my brain got the translations messed up, that turned out to be spectacular, like, first-time-all-over-again amazing, comfort food amazing. Tony, thanks for the rec, and I'll be back often for all the exotic offerings, but I'm going to need that damn nam tok each time too.

          Krua Siri
          5103 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

      2. re: TonyC

        THANK YOU for the Gang recommendation. Was on our way to the old standby Ruen Pair when I noticed Crispy Pork Gang and remembered this very post! Popped in and had a fantastic meal. Gang noodles (similar to tom yum noodles at Pa Ord but less gamey), pad thai, fried papaya salad.. Wow. Everything was fresh, flavorful, well-prepared, and generally yummy. Immediately rose to the top of my Thai list. Pa Ord has been the other old standby but based on the quality of ingredients & bright flavors, Gang is the new favorite.

        Ruen Pair Restaurant
        5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        1. re: soniabegonia

          jdwdeville / soniab,
          glad you guys found Pailin and Crispy Pork Gang exceptional. I hap'd to stop in at Crispy Pork (Pailin's closed on Sunday) for a quickie meal, and was surprised to see an extended menu (with tremendous seafood options, mostly under $18). According to the grape vine, Thais are deserting Hoy Ka for Crispy Pork. While the cheap noodles are an instant draw, upon reflection, I must say the new-to-me spicy crispy pork fried rice was stupidly good.

          With careful vetting, it'd be very easy to come up with a proper Thai meal, featuring ass-kicking salads, calming soups, strong curries over rice to finish. Heck, they even have tub wan for the offaly inclined.

      3. Do not forget the Thai Boat Noodle Soup at Sapp Coffee Shop. A complete meal in itself . The soup is sweet, sour, chili, herbal with fishball, beef, crunchy pork rind and liver .

        Sapp Coffee Shop
        5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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        1. re: selfportrait93

          I 3rd Sapp for boat noodles. I usually add the crispy pork with basil over rice to balance out the meal. The steamed chicken and rice is also good when available.

          1. re: selfportrait93

            totally forgot to list Sapp as well- one of my favorites, for both quality and price!

          2. Give Yais on Vermont a try.
            Had a cold 2 weeks ago and ordered take-out it hit the spot.
            Felt the food was fresh and overlooked because of it's location, had medium spice it was perfect for me.

            Yai Restaurant
            5757 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

            1. Sapp's for boat noodles (though you're probably getting that at Pa Ord).
              Ganda Siamese for a very authentic steam table of prepared dishes (3-item combo for only 7.95). i recommend the crispy catfish, the panang pork and fishball curries, and the pork belly and egg soup. you can also sit down and order off the menu, but oddly, the menu is made up mainly of the americanized stuff. great issan-style pork jerky, too (they'll give you like a pound of it for $5.50).

              1. Pa Ord is my favorite at the moment, but one that's not on your list is the fried pork belly at Wat Dong Moon Lek. They seem to have gone a little downhill recently, but this dish is quite good. I also really like their flat noodles.

                Wat Dong Moon Lek
                4356 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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                1. re: lil mikey

                  I went to Pa Ord the first time three weeks ago, and i've been four times since. The noodle soup dishes are unbelievably good, and spicier than I ever imagined. #5 is extraordinary, #1 is fantastic too. The Drunken Noodles and the Crispy Pork were both wonderful, although not as amazing as the soup dishes. It's also a popular hang-out and gets a great combination of people. Basically, I'm in love.

                  1. re: echoparkdirt

                    Glad you liked it! They have a WONDERFUL Pad See Yew and their Duck Noodles is one of my favorite soups in the city! Plus the ladies there are so nice! :)


                    1. re: echoparkdirt

                      I went to Pa Ord last Thursday for the first time and also loved it. We got the tom yum noodles, pad kee mao (drunken noodles), and the fried catfish. Everything was excellent. "Medium spicy" definitely meant medium, not mild. A winner.