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jaydee33 Oct 12, 2012 09:06 AM

I am looking for Thai restaurants in Los Angeles that uses whole fresh ingredients. Most importantly a place that uses in house made coconut milk in their curries and not coconut milk out of a can. Frozen fresh coconut milk would be the next best alternative.

So where is the Thai restaurant that makes it's on coconut milk from actual coconuts?

Come on all you CHOWhounders, where is the good stuff?

  1. TonyC Oct 12, 2012 10:42 AM

    Frozen coconut milk is also imported from Thailand.

    So many Thai restaurants in LA use their own backyard galangal/kaffir/holy basil/lemongrass/lime/eggplant, but it's the coconut milk that's going to break the deal? There are so many interesting kaengs that don't even use coconut milk.

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    1. re: TonyC
      ipsedixit Oct 12, 2012 10:48 AM

      I'd like a place that grows its own coconuts to make its very own "housemade coconut milk" and I also want to see rice paddies in the back of the restaurant as well.

      1. re: ipsedixit
        Servorg Oct 12, 2012 10:58 AM

        "...I also want to see rice paddies in the back of the restaurant as well."

        I understand that it's tough to get a permit to keep the Water Buffalo for "paddy plowing" in the back...but the fresh buffalo mozzarella is worth the hassle...

        1. re: Servorg
          TonyC Oct 12, 2012 12:29 PM

          Last night, I said I didn't like the rain. Thai friend said: why not, it's free water. Never thought about it like that. Been told Thais are frugal (read: cheap) but...

          The reason why the restaurants grow everything is because they just don't want to pay for the ingredients. This week, Prael should be serving fresh rain water.

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          mc michael Oct 12, 2012 02:16 PM

          Wasn't Rihanna pushing coconut water? Would that do as a substitute?

          1. re: mc michael
            ipsedixit Oct 12, 2012 03:23 PM

            Would that do as a substitute?
            ______________________________

            Rihanna, or the coconut water?

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              mc michael Oct 12, 2012 03:30 PM

              When it comes to Rihanna, I accept no substitutes.

              1. re: mc michael
                ipsedixit Oct 12, 2012 03:37 PM

                Nor I.

                But I think Mila Kunis would do in a pinch.

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              Dirtywextraolives Oct 12, 2012 03:33 PM

              I believe coconut milk & coconut water are two different things....

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            Clyde Oct 12, 2012 04:47 PM

            i'm interested in knowing of these places you mention!
            This is a reply to Tony C:
            So many Thai restaurants in LA use their own backyard galangal/kaffir/holy basil/lemongrass/lime/eggplant, but it's the coconut milk that's going to break the deal? There are so many interesting kaengs that don't even use coconut milk.

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