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Aug 3, 2012 10:41 AM

Best noodles in Thai Town (2012)?

After a few years of hitting up the NoHo thai scene, we've been re-exploring the Thai Town area.

I'll be going today for some lunchtimes noodles - I think today is Pa Ord.

The point of this thread though is....

For 2012, where are the best noodle houses in Thai Town?

Pa Ord?
Hoy Ka?


Looking for tom yum/boat specifically.

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  1. I prefer the boat noodles at Ord rather than Sapp. I've always been a big fan of Sanamluang for a variety of their noodle dishes.

    1. Dropped by Hoy Ka today, and I think I have a new found love for roasted duck noodles.

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      1. re: ns1

        No seriously, this bowl of roasted duck noodles may be my new favorite bowl in Thai Town.

        Also, no line @ Hoy Ka today. Think I'll stick to Hoy Ka instead of Pa Ord for lunch...30 minute wait last time I was at Pa Ord.

        1. re: ns1

          how do these roasted duck noodles compare to rodded?

          1. re: linus

            I'll let you know after I go to Rodded (never heard of it before)

            1. re: linus

              Pics attached. There is a giant pile of beautifully sauteed (or fried?) garlic under that duck. $16 out the door for duck noodles and drunken noodles = win.

              1. re: ns1

                Nice photos. But you do get a lot more duck and a lot more noodles at Trieu Chau. I'm just saying... ;)

                1. re: Porthos

                  Not doable within my 60 minute lunch. But I'll keep that in mind next long as I can get the Chinese donuts ;)

                  1. re: ns1

                    Any Chinese donuts at Hoy Ka? ;)

                    1. re: Porthos

                      Bags of chicharron(sp?). $1.50

              2. re: linus

                thanks a lot linus, I told my GF about Rodded and we're going there for dinner later LOL. I'll update this thread with a comparison later.

                1. re: linus

                  Dropped by Rodded today. Is this a fusion joint or what? Thai/Vietnamese/Chinese influences, almost like a chiu chow thai restaurant.

                  This review will be for the duck noodles only:

                  1. Duck Noodles - No skin on the duck. A pretty healthy chunk of duck to boot. Got it mild, and it was still fairly spicy. Noodles had great texture as did the duck. However, the soup was a little blander than I expected. Duck flavor for sure, as well as lots of spices, but wasn't as "ducky" as I expected it to be. I'll give the nod to Hoy Ka here - while the noodles aren't as good, I thought the soup had better balance/flavor (tends to run a little sweeter vs a little spicier at the mild level). The heaping of fried garlic was also much bigger @ Hoy Ka.

                  Overall the duck noodles were pretty good but I'd probably go to Hoy Ka - overall better noodle bowl (imho) and better hours.

                  1. re: ns1

                    Rodded has always one of those: htf-does-it-survive restaurants to me. The duck noodle soup borders bland and lifeless. The rest of the menu is equally useless. *shrug*

                    1. re: TonyC

                      i havent been in a couple years maybe. at one time, in certain circles, they were known for their duck noodle soup and fried bananas. i enjoyed the soup, always saw lots of thais there.
                      happy to hear about hoy ka, especially if its better.

                      1. re: linus

                        the fried bananas were fantastic retoasted at home.

              3. re: ns1

                5401 Hollywood Blvd
                is this the address?

                  1. re: Servorg

                    When I yelpeD, it gave me ord hoyka. That threw me.

                1. re: ns1

                  Ok, now I have to try the duck noodles at Hoy Ka. Off to the Hoy Ka on Garfield in MPk. Thx NS1.

                  1. I prefer Sapp's boat noodles. But I like the slightly sour skewed balance of Pa Ord's Tom yum more than just about any noodle soup out there.

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                    1. re: tenxtone76

                      I'm with tenxtone76. Pa Ord's Tom Yum noodles are my favorite. But for other types of noodles, you might also consider Wat Dong Moon Lek, which just expanded. Their tom yum is okay, but their stir fried and pan fried noodle dishes are quite good. Also get their Chinese broccoli with crispy pork belly.... yum.

                      1. re: lil mikey

                        is Wat Dong Moon Lek open yet from their expansion? i haven't been there in a long time, but +1 on their stir fried & pan fried noodles. hopefully the speed of their food service will improve as well. i remember waiting a very long time for my food the last time i was there (and they were only about half-full). i'll also +1 for sanamluang's fried noodles, but not as nice of a room as WDML and parking can be tough there.

                      2. re: tenxtone76

                        GF's been looking for a killer bowl of tom yum, so think we gotta hit up Pa Ord. Thx

                        1. re: ns1

                          Dropped by Pa Ord for the TY noodles. It was pretty good but not OMFG mind blowing as I was hoping it would be. They also seem stingier on the noodles than other places.

                          1. re: ns1

                            Stop wasting your time. Go to Sapp ;)

                            1. re: Porthos

                              Nobody has said anything about TY noodles at Sapp. Need a little break from boat noodles.

                              Sapp get busy during lunch?

                              1. re: ns1

                                If you need a break from the boat noodles, hit Pailin. The noodles come out fast and hard.

                                They have khanom jin nam ngiao (not very common in Thai town despite all the Thai noodle houses since it's Northern style noodle dish), they have kway jab, they have khao soi, and they have kao tao lord (a noodle hardly mentioned, and previously mentioned on Chow here: ) . If you're looking for sour noodle soups, their yen ta fo will make you pucker.

                                A pix of Pailin's noodle menu :

                                1. re: TonyC

                                  Thanks. Love $6 bowls of noodles. Nice break from $11 bowls of ramen.

                      3. +1 for the boat noodles at Sapp.

                        Don't forget to get the crispy pork sauteed with basil.

                        Their chicken rice is also pretty good when available.