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Isaan Station in K-Town should be on people's radars.

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Isaan Station in K-Town should be on people's radars.

set0312 | May 7, 2014 03:20 PM

Hey, y'all, I haven't seen much chat about Isaan Station in Koreatown. But there should be. For what it's worth, the Thai consulate general's wife thinks it is the best Thai in the city! (Which has to count for something, although I can't imagine her doing too many noodle crawls through the dingy depths of Thai Town.)

I've been three times now and have been impressed with everything. They do a very good, albeit simple, grilled chicken which is an absolute staple of northern/eastern Thai cuisine. Now if only they threw some fried onions on top, it would be world class...

Papaya salads are very authentic. And that can mean weird, but if you're into some of the fermented crab, etc. then this place does it right. But even the most basic one has a wonderful mix of tart and spice without feeling oily and soupy like some papaya salads do.

I personally prefer the pork neck here to the pork neck at Night + Market. Pair it with sticky rice and you have quite the winning combo.

And last but not least, and the reason I go here, is the sensational Tom Saab Kra Dhook Mhoo. It's a spicy and sour broth, not that far removed from a tom yum, with fall off the bone pork ribs, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, all that good stuff. It is somewhat on the lighter side, has an almost cleansing effect to it. (Also served on one of those heater things with the flame underneath so it stays very hot which I quite like.)

They have a huge larb section, but that stuff isn't my favorite, so I've yet to try it.

Details wise: Cash only. Open until midnight most nights. There will be Thai music videos on TV and they will be quite engaging. It is less than a mile from the Wiltern. IMO, essential pre or post concert dining.

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