DeDe just opened in the location of Gonzalez Mexican restaurant. The menu is mainly Thai but there were a few Lao dishes on the menu.
Given the word 'noodle' in the restaurant name, I ordered ...
90. Kao Piek Sen
Homemade noodle served in chicken broth and shredded chicken topped with fried garlic
I thought this was really swell ... but ...
1. I've never had this soup before or ANY Laotian soup
2. Someone has to tell me what I ate. I have my suspicions.
There was a nice amount of largish pieces of chicken. The broth was rich, flavorful and aromatic with fried garlic. There was a sprinkling of fresh cilantro. A little cup of red spicy sauce was on top which I think may have contained more fried garlic. I mixed it in the soup reluctantly because I was really liking the soup as is. It was equally delicious with the hot sauce.
Ok, what else is in this soup? There were about a half dozen red cubes that tasted like chicken organ meat, maybe liver or kidney. However, they were too uniform in size. I had some sort of blood cubes, didn't I?
Even so, when I make my own chicken soup I leave the giblets in it because I like the slightly bitter taste, so I pretended they were giblets and enjoyed them very much.
When I orderd this, the woman asked if I had this dish before. I sais no and blathered on that I was interested in learning about Laotian dishes.
She said that usually only Laotian people order this dish. She said back home this was one of her favorite dishes which she usually has for breakfast. So we talked a while and that's when she said they would make any Laotian dish on request.
Everybody seemed really pleased about this soup. The lady who was cooking came out smiling to deliver it. Very nice people and very tasty soup, IMO.
They are still deciding on what to do with the interior, but they made a nice start on changing the look. They replaced the center booths with tables and only have black booths lining the walls.
Hmmm ... maybe people should consider naming the triangle of San Pablo Ave and 23rd street bordered by Rheem ... Little Lao
DeDe Thai Noodle
12955 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA