to all who have been urging me/others to try Thai Boom on Venice in Culver City, I must say a hearty, "THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU."
Hole in the wall vibe, a location that would not inspire much hope and a door hanger menu that is too close to the standard awful glop Westside Thai place - and yet, Thai Boom is not Westside Thai, unless that means the Westside of Hat Yai or Bangkok.
Finally, a place near enough to my place that is worth my time and reminds me of the food I miss from my days in BKK.
They have also been very nice and delivered for free to my place near Olympic/Sawtelle.
Last night we had green curry with fried tofu, squid with ginger and mushrooms, shrimp/crab with glass noodles in clay pot (well, no clay pot for delivery), shrimp with cashews and spicy fried rice. Since I used the English translations of the dish names, that list sounds tame and lame. Don't fret - this is good stuff. A friend of ours from Thailand was over last night and she was heading to Thailand today - and for some perverse reason we subjected her to Westside Thai - and she judged the food excellent.
Also, we had a lot of food and I estimate the cost to have been about 60% of what the same amount of food from Chan Dara would cost (and the food was better by far).
This was my 4th meal at/from Thai Boom in a few weeks and I have only had one disappointment: look chim bpla (fish balls). Just not very tasty, especially compared to a great batch we picked up at LAX-C recently (and LAX-C is another great place I found through Chowhound).
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