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Khun Dom - Thai at Melrose @ Kingsley (near the 101)-LONG

Pate' | Jun 30, 200509:43 PM

Went to the Tut exhibit at LACMA and was looking for something cheap to eat afterward.

Khun Dom was recommended to me by a Thai customer of mine whose father used to own a Thai restaurant in LA. My customer said this is the only Thai food in LA he likes (other than his own). So off I went with my husband and a couple friends.

My customer had given me a heads-up. It's a dump and the parking is terrible. Right on both counts. After circling the block we found a spot in the teeny lot and went inside. Orange naugahyde (sp?) booths, wood- grain formica tables, and several Thai families eating. Very promising.

Sat at a booth and perused the menu. All the usual dishes and some organs I haven't seen before (although I'm no Thai food expert). Liver salad, tripe salad, fish kidneys? We're not that brave so we settled for the following:
#42 Thai Sausage $$5.95
#47 Combination Fried Rice $5.95
#70 Pla Rad Prik (whole Pompano Fish) $10.95
#95 BBQ'd Beef Thai Style $5.50
#101 Chicken with Chili Garlic $6.25
#133 Chicken Pad Thai $4.95
#137 Spicy Noodles Combo (chix, beef, & pork) $ $5.25

The waiter said we needed a bigger table. We moved to a larger table and the feasting began. Large portions began appearing.

Thai sausage. Not what I thought. I was hoping for something like LOS's sour sausage (#14 on their menu). It was nothing like it at all. More like an oddly seasoned fresh sausage. No heat even though it had a * (denotes Hot & Spicy) next to it on the menu. My husband liked it the rest of us would pass next time.

Combination Fried Rice. This had beautiful plump shrimp along with chicken, beef, and pork. Lightly seasoned so I added the hot sauce from the condiment tray and was happy.

Pla Rad Prik. Tasted like crab. Sweet, white, flaky deep fried fish. Really delicious but a lot of work to get at the meat. Not the plumpest Pompano, but it was good. The straw mushrooms and pepper strips (poblanos?) served with this were tastey.

BBQ's Beef Thai Style. Very good. Rare strips of quality steak.

Chicken with chili garlic. The usual. No heat though and it had a *.

Pad Thai. The usual. I always get it to compare and it compared favorably to others.

Spicy noodles. Not spicy but the wide flat noodles were delicious.

The grand total for this meal was about $48 with tax. A steal! I'd ask for more heat next time. We must have looked too gringo to take the heat but I really didn't detect any at all. Thank goodness for the condiment tray.

Also, they don't serve alcohol. There is a liquor store in the parking lot so my husband went over and bought beers, luckily we also had a bottle of wine in the car (why leave home without one?) so we were able to BYOB. I guess that's why dinner was only $48.

All in all we'd go back again.

Khun Dom
4681 Melrose Ave. @ Kinsley
LA, CA 90029
Open 7 days 10:30AM - 10:30PM

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