In contrast to the sweet, mild and creamy foods of central Thailand, Northern Thai cuisine embraces more of the bitter flavors found in herbs and offal.
These ingredients are reflected in northern style laab which seasons minced pork with spices like nutmeg, cardamom and star anise , sausages, salads and chili pastes. Sticky rice features much more prominently. The north also borders Burma Myanmar , and that influence can be seen in dishes such as khao soi, a curry-like soup with both boiled and deep fried egg noodles.
Just a couple blocks south of Thai Town, Spicy BBQ occupies a strip mall so tiny you have to leave the restaurant to use the bathroom. It's also the place to sample northern Thai style nam phrik chili dips, which you can eat as an appetizer or as part of a larger meal. Grilled green chiles go into nam phrik num while pork and red chiles go into nam phrik ong. They're listed on the menu as "grilled serrano dressing" and "ground pork chili paste," respectively, and served with fresh green vegetables and giant pork rinds.
Spicy BBQ also offers northern Thailand's greatest hits including tam khanun, the spicy jackfruit salad, pounded in a mortar and pestle with pork, shallots, chiles and makrut lime leaves; sai ua, a northern style herbal pork sausage seasoned with lemongrass, chiles and turmeric; khao soi noodles; and gaeng hanglay curry, pork stewed in a blend of Indian-style spices brightened with the sweetness of pineapple and the tartness of tamarind. On the western edge of Thai Town, Pailin keeps its northern cuisine secret and off-menu except for a few hints in the "chef's recommendation" section.
Ask politely and you'll discover that they offer chili dips, jackfruit salad, northern style sausage and khao soi.
Their kanom jeen nam ngiao, a savory pork and tomato soup with fermented rice noodles the fermentation only affects the texture , almost evokes an Italian pasta — if it were lined with flavor bombs comprising pork blood cubes, fried garlic, and pickled mustard greens. Venice: first lunch service happening in 10 minutes! Come through for some Khao Soi Rib. Although Yenbamroong has no formal culinary training and doesn't aim for a rigorous sense of regional purity, his menu bleeds northern Thai cuisine, especially at the WeHo location.
While his food reflects diverse regional influences, his Chiang Rai style larb lanna, sai uah sausage and khao soi noodles are quintessentially northern. You can smell those herby aromas in his sai uah and taste it in the subtle bitterness of the pork blood and spice mix in his larb lanna. Sunset Blvd. Southern Thai cuisine features seafood, tamarind and coconut milk as well as a spicy "wet" heat that's common in its curries and stews.
It also glows gold thanks to spices like turmeric, which came eastward from South Asia with the Muslim communities who now live along Thailand's southern peninsula. Some of our favorite dishes! We are loving this dinner spread! One of the best known Thai spots in Los Angeles thanks to Jonathan Gold's adoring reviews, Jitlada has a ridiculously deep menu with a lengthy section dedicated to southern Thai classics like khua kling, a dry-roasted curry with ground meat; khao mok gai, Thailand's version of chicken biryani; and khao yam, a rice salad mixed with dried shrimp, mango and shredded coconut.
Order at least one of Jitlada's stellar curries, which are so hot they might melt your face off. Their famous jungle curry is an herbacious brew tinged with grachai a root related to ginger and galangal and makrut lime leaves while the gaeng tai pla, a curry made with fish innards, delivers a complicated salty and savory flavor that comes from fermenting the fish before simmering it with Thai eggplants and long beans. The crab curry and southern curry are also great choices. Round out your meal with pork or eel with sator beans, also known as stink beans , a signature ingredient in southern Thai cuisine.
As a bonus, look around the restaurant and you might spot sketches by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, who's another major Jitlada fan. A post shared by Luv2eat Thai Bistro luv2eat.
Chefs Fern Kaewtathip and Noree Pla of Luv2eat both hail from Phuket, which — aside from its role as a tourist destination and punny t-shirt fodder — is a province and island in southern Thailand. Two of their signature dishes: the Phuket style crab curry served with rice noodles , and the Hat Yai style fried chicken served under a mountain of fried shallots.
mixseller.com It's a great place to go if you're in mid-Hollywood and you need to head in a direction other than east to Thai Town. The Isaan region, in Northeastern Thailand, shares a border, a language and a culture with Laos. You can see the way the two countries influence each other in dishes like laab and papaya salad.
Fermented sausages, grilled meats and sticky rice are all quintessentially Isaan foods. The spiciness here is more of a dry heat, derived from dry-roasted and crushed chiles.
Located on the northeastern edge of Koreatown, Isaan Station offers one of the best selections of Isaan-style grilled meats. Their grilled chicken, dad diew-style jerkies and crying tiger grilled beef go well with the tart and salty nam jim jaew dipping sauce, made with fish sauce, lime, tamarind, palm sugar, shallots, toasted rice and chili flakes. Isaan pork sausages, fermented pork spare ribs and nam tok beef or pork come saturated in those sour and salty flavors. Isaan Station also serves laab with glass noodles that soak up any leftover lime and fish sauce.
Pair their meats with sticky rice and a papaya salad for a classic Isaan meal.
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