So the neighbors can’t be too happy about the fact that a stretch limo dropped off a bunch of seriously happy and chatty customers in front of our house late last night. Our friend Amy was in town from Las Vegas and we all went out on the town—Thai Town, that is—with Chef Jet Tila from the Wynn Encore’s Wazuzu, who is in town filming at his dad’s Bangkok Market on Melrose this week. So last night Jet took us on a tour of Thai Town, and our first stop was Yai Restaurant in a Hollywood strip mall, next to a 7-11. First order of business, a round of Thai beer.
Then Jet ordered some of his favorites representing different regions of Thailand.
Here are just a few, but by no means all, of the dishes we tried. Let’s start with everyone’s favorite, the steamed red curry with seafood (squid, shrimp, scallops, crab, mussels). It’s wrapped in foil, much like Jiffy Pop! It is without doubt, the most exciting dish I’ve tasted in recent memory. Definitely order this.
You’ll also want to get some of the crab steamed rice:
The fried catfish with green apple salad (secret ingredient: pickled garlic) was incredible:
As was the authentic pad thai, extra spicy.
There was also wild boar with red curry, Chinese broccoli with crispy pork belly, fried trout, and much more. Yet somehow we managed to make our way over to Ban Kanom Thai for dessert. It’s a bakery and sweets shop, with homemade ice cream and all manner of enticing pastries and Thai sweets. It’s open until 2 am, and even 10:30 pm on a week night it was pretty hopping. The aroma when you walk through the door is incredible.
Check out this insane coconut pudding with taro. Reeeeeally good.
And these sweet “tacos”…
My friend Booth (another partner in crime last night) and I are already planning a repeat attack. Seriously amazing food, and even better company. Thanks, Amy and Jet!!!