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A New Thai Champion in Orange County?

Martin | Jun 29, 200305:51 PM

Or: A funny thing happened to us on the way to Thai Nakorn ;-)

First, I have to mostly agree with the comments posted about Thai Nakorn in mid-June.

On our way there, Vietnamese members of our group mentioned that a new Thai restaurant had just opened in Stanton and was being heavily advertised on the Vietnamese TV channels: House of Siam.

We decided to give it a try, and found a high-quality place which excels at dishes which are not required to be very spicy. Dishes are fairly cheap -$6 to $7 dollars, but the quantity serves 3 at most. Very non-greasy cooking, with excellent ingredients. The best dishes we have tried are:

tod mun AKA "fish cakes" - perhaps the best we have ever encountered

pad kee mow - esp. if you add Vietnamese fish sauce

yum nuah - although we could not persuade them to add enough garlic, the beef was very high quality

a unique taste in chicken satay- marinade and peanut sauce very different from any encountered before

pla dad dew -deep fried trout with special sauce
OK, now the (minor) downsides, due mostly to spiciness shortcomings:

som tom (papaya salad) - a pale shadow of Ruen Pair's

larb's - better elsewhere
Otherwise the other dishes we tried were good and tasty, unlike Palms now, for example. A different approach from Thai Nakorn, with more elegant interior.

I urge any interested Chowhounds to search it out, since it is at the back of a mini-mall dominated by a Starbucks. The mall signs say just THAI FOOD. It is far enough from Little Saigon that it does not get much casual traffic:

House of Siam, 11951 Beach Blvd., Stanton 714.799.2031

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