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Extraordinary Thai beef salad at Sunshine in N. Hollywood

gremly girl | Jul 17, 200212:24 AM

After reading a post about Sri Siam in N. Hollywood, I went by there last Wed to get takeout -- only to find out they're closed on Wednesday. I drove around North Hollywood and stopped at a restaurant that looked promising -- Sunshine, at 13212 Sherman Way.

I got two things to go -- pork with chili mint, and Thai beef salad. Now, Thai beef salad is one of my very favorite things. The one I love most in L.A. is at Yai in Thai town. Sunshine's was unlike any other I've had. Whereas Yai uses big strips of charred meat, at Sunshine everything was chopped very small. In addition to the standard chilies, lime juice and cilantro, this salad had a ton of other herbs: mint, lemongrass, some others I couldn't identify. Everything was chopped uniform and small, and each bite was an explosion of flavor -- fresh and palate-opening. It didn't have the sinus-clearing heat of Yai's salad, but there was some heat. It was served with a wedge of cabbage and a pile of about five kinds of herbs. Absolutely delicious and definitely worth seeking out!

The pork with chili mint was fine, but nothing extraordinary. The restaurant decor was a kick -- several statues and peacocks arranged in a mountain scene, as I recall. Seems like it might be a fun place to go with a big group.

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