Finally checked out Bua Siam in North Hollywood for lunch today. I had two of the dishes from the $2.50 menu. The sauce on the lauded Thai-style spaghetti with bay leaf stew was thick, vibrantly green, mildly chunky, with lots of tender bay leaves (cassia per the Barbara Hansen review). The little green pellets Hansen describes as cassia flowers look just like capers. Are they the same thing? The spaghetti was thinner than normal spaghetti, more like angel-hair. There were a couple of small pieces of pork in this, so if you ordered it vegetarian you wouldn't be missing much. The other dish I tried was the hot and sour pork noodle soup, a generous bowl of cleanly flavored spicy/sweet soup with rice noodles of various widths, bean sprouts tangled in with the noodles, lots of ground pork, two finely-textured pork balls, ground peanuts, cilantro and scallions. I thought the servings were very generous for $2.50. Certainly the hot and sour soup would have been sufficient on its own for a lighter lunch. This was an awesome value. The restaurant is tiny, clean and cheery inside and service was efficient. $5.41 for the two dishes, before tip. I then drove a few blocks east on Sherman Way to check out the Thai desserts place which is a couple blocks east of Coldwater, Bua Siam being west of Coldwater. The official name of the desserts place is Bhan Kanom Thai. This is a really large shop (in the same center as Tacos Mexico II which is advertising 45-cent tacos on Tuesdays) with a lot of intriguing-looking candies and a large array of other goods, including sausages and canned drinks in a refrigerated case, fried items, pastries. I thought I might get some dessert to take home but I was so full that good sense prevailed and I cut my visit short, so will definitely be making another trip.
12924 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA 91605