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Best of LA's Asian Foods...

extramsg | Jul 10, 2008 01:59 PM

Coming to LA in about a week for a quick three-day trip. No reason to come except that if I'm in town, I can't stay away from work, so I need to get far away from Portland.

Here's what I'm most interested in: Thai, Japanese, and SE Asian cuisines more difficult to find elsewhere in the US, like Lao, Burmese, Malay, and Indonesian.

Looking to make a cheat-sheet for myself. I'll probably base what we do more on where I want to eat than choosing where to eat based on what I'm going to do. Six meals a day may be the rule. And I'm not exaggerating.

Hard part so far is that I'm not limited in location. Most requests of course are by location or are on single places. So I'm looking for "best of" the whole metro area. I know that's always a bit frustrating, but I couldn't find much in that way. I have copied and will be redacting Erik M's six month post. He was always a great help in Chicago.

I'm always interested in very regional, beyond-the-usual, but still especially good stuff. It's nice if a place serves a great green curry with beef, but it's better if they serve a great khanom jiin or gang hung lay or pad ped sator -- at least for my purposes. I am aware of Jitalda and it sounds great. It's at the top of my list. But beyond that, it gets murky for me. If you don't mind, a top 5 places or dishes that fit the bill, would be very helpful.

Not really interested in sushi too much. Just don't want to spend that kind of money. Maybe two "can't miss" or "best value" sushi places would be nice, as long as I don't have to get dressed up. I plan on being in shorts the entire trip.

More interested in ramen and izakayas, maybe yakimono. From my research, is there much reason to search out anything beyond these three?

Hakata Ramen
Santouka Ramen

Harder to find a comparison of izakayas. I see a lot of disagreement. I like both places sticking to the standards and places that are somewhat fusiony, like you find in Vancouver, BC, a lot. Open late is a big bonus. A top 3 or 5 of these would be very helpful. Always love suggested dishes.

Yakitori Bincho and Gaja sound like leading specialty places that may make the list.

Haven't had a chance to research other cuisines yet. We have a good number of very good Vietnamese places here in Portland, so I'll probably just skip that cuisine. But we have no Burmese, no Indonesian, and only one Malaysian place. I love all three of those cuisines.

Thanks for any and all help.

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