I've lived in the North Hollywood neighborhood for the past four years and have tried most of the Thai restaurants near my home. While I have found a couple that will do and one with great egg rolls and very good Tom Kah Kai soup, I've never been happy with any of the noodle dishes. They're always too greasy with rubbery and/or gristly meat. I'd also completely given up on satay around here.
When I read the recent post about good Thai places for lunch in North Hollywood two places were mentioned that were on my list that I had yet to try: Thai Kitchen and Chiangsan. My husband and decided to try Chiangsan first on Saturday.
When we walked in the place smelled fantastic and we were starving, but I must admit my expectations were low. The small house converted into a restaurant was quiet in the early afternoon except for one other table seated with three women who were quietly consumed with enjoying their meal. I hoped this was a good sign.
My husband loves chicken satay so we began our meal with an order and two cold bottles of Sinha. The satay was good. Several skewers of delicious white meat with a side of sauce and another dish of spicy marinated cucumbers with thinly sliced jalepenos. A nice start with the beer for two very hungry people.
Next we ordered two fairly pedestrian dishes for our first venture to Chiangsan, Pad Whoon Sen with pork for my husband and Pad See Ew with chicken for myself. The Pad Whoon Sen arrived first. It was very good, not greasy, the pork was good, wonderful silver noodles, I enjoyed the dish very much but was anticipating my Pad See Ew.
When it was delivered a couple of minutes later, I was very pleased. It had nice pieces of broccoli rabe, sauteed slivers of stalk and head, nice wide flat noodles and chicken, egg and wonderful flavor. Again, not at all greasy.
We were both absolutely stuffed with plenty of leftovers to take home. The total for an appetizer, two entrees and two beers with tax and tip came out to $29. Not bad at all for so satifying a meal.
We hope that when we return again that Chiangsan will offer the same great food (I am looking forward to exploring their menu). We often find that we may have a good first meal only to have a second awful meal.
If you happen to be reading this Hugh, I'd appreciate hearing about the consistency at Chiangsan. I'd like to recommend this place to my friends and associates who work in the area. Thanks again for recommending the place on the board.
Next up, Thai Kitchen.