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Green Papaya Deli - Lao-Thai in Oakland

daveena | Oct 7, 2007 01:27 PM

This is a relatively new restaurant on International Boulevard, attached to a Thai video store. The menu is very limited, which I think may be an advantage - one of the problems with Champa Garden is its massive menu - too easy to order something mediocre, and even the good dishes aren't consistently good.

I went for lunch, and only tried two dishes, but both were very, very good - a Lao-style papaya salad (it can be ordered either Thai or Lao style), and a beef larb. Both were well-balanced, although the larb was a little more intense (balanced, but intensely salty, sour, and spicy) than I normally like - I had to eat a lot of rice to clear my palate between bites. The papaya salad was just delicious - I love the flavor of fermented crab paste, though, so people who aren't into that should order the Thai-style, which is sweeter, and sans fermented crab.

When you order, they'll ask "how many peppers?" - I found five to be plenty for me (I'm a wimp) - I think it registered between a 2 and a 3 on Champa Garden's 5 point scale. My friends, who routinely eat spicy food, said they usually order 15, but have seen people go as high as 40.

Two dishes, plus 3 orders of sticky rice, were plenty for 3 people, and came out to about $5/pp.

The entire menu (we asked the owners to describe some of the dishes that didn't have English translations, but weren't able to get descriptions of everything - since the General Chowhounding Topics board came through for me with the Mongolian menu, I'll post the untranslated menu items there, too):

Papaya salad
String bean salad
Beef larb
Soup (tome keurng nai)
Chicken larb
Duck larb
Pork larb
Kao poont (noodle soup)
Sai Oaw (sausage)
Duck (pate tah bee)

Moke pa (best I can tell, sounds similar to Cambodian amok)
Som pug kaad
Som end
Soup nor mike (bamboo soup)

Chicken stick
Beef stick
Som moo
Dried porkskin

Green Papaya Deli
207 International Blvd (@ 2nd avenue)
M-Sat 9:30-9:00
Sun 10:00-8:00

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