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Sapp in Thai Town: awesome first visit

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Sapp in Thai Town: awesome first visit

silence9 | Aug 8, 2005 01:28 PM

Hello... Wife and I visited Sapp (5183 Hollywood blvd) on a scorching Saturday afternoon in Thai Town. My many THANKS to all those here who've recommended this modest place over the past months. It really is that good!
The printed menu is simple to navigate and there were many more selections to choose from than I'd imagined. The wait staff is very anxious to please and accomodate newcomers, so don't be shy and just settle in... Of course, I just had to try the famed Boat Noodles, and you should too. A big steamy bowl of the murkiest dark brown pool of primordial broth (to paraphrase Carl Sagan) brimming with tender beef, fresh bean sprouts, and a resilient clump of noodles. This broth is complex and exudes both a fair dosing of heat and sweet. Did I mention the broth is so good? We opted for just the basic tender beef version; next time I may venture into offal territory... We also shared the Som Tom (green papaya salad), cool and spicy; noticed that unlike the crisper version at Wat Thai, this som tom had a more marinated quality; still good, just different... Next, the Pad See Eew, which was just as it ought be, unctuous flabby-yet-fiesty seared broad rice(?) noodles served wok fresh, with chicken (or beef or pork) and crunchy asian brocoli. Lastly, and my favorite of the meal: crispy fried hunks of pork and asian brocoli, with a side of steamed rice. The pork is both meaty and fatty, slightly crispened like filipino lechon. Glistening, greasy lips ensued, but worthily earned! Total tab for these selections: $24. Oh and directly next door, a neat Thai bakery and snack shop for those neon jellos, custards, fried snacks, and 'thai tacos'. Mighty fine way to spend one's total caloric intake for the day...

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