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Thi N. | Feb 5, 2004 09:10 PM

This'll be quick, but...

Thanks to Miffy. The stewed pork leg at Sunset Siam is genuinely great - one of my favorite dishes in Thai Town. There's fatty pork (I mean, real hunks of fat in there), preserved duck's egg and chunks of mustered pickle all long stewed together. The pork turns soft, and most of the flavor leaves the pork and enters the egg, enters the pickle, enters the sauce. Very rich, but high zing of chili sauce balances. Lovely. Soups smell good to. Open only until 6. (Have I already written about this? Brain freezes.)

Have tried Kru Thai in No Ho. I think this is related to Samnaluang - similar (though larger) menu, similar feel, and Samnaluang has lately started using Kru Thai plates (emblazoned with Kru Thai logo). From one visit, I think Kru Thai is better - better balance, nicer flavors. Boat noodle is quite good - very liver-y, and with a nice, intense, but not biting sourness. Stewed pork leg is largely inferior to Sunset Siam's, except for the pickles, which rock out.

Sapp Coffee House - like an idiot, I actually passed this place dozens of times on the way somewhere and ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS A COFFEE HOUSE. Probably largely because Sapp closes at 8 and I'm always in that parking lot at 9 or 10 or so. Anyway, thank you, J. Gold, of course. It's now among my three favorite Thai Town places - Ruen Pair, Rodded, and here. Probably the delicatest, most subdued, most comforting. Their Thai Grilled Chicken is now my favorite roast/grilled chicken in town, above Zankou, above Pollo a la Brasa, above the 5 or 6 other Peruvian roast chicken joints I've tried, above pretty much anything. I can't even describe it. The spices... oh god. Decent cold noodle salad, but fantastic boat noodle. Maybe my favorite boat noodle. Sort of subdued boat noodle, but got that big warm beef flavor, cut with sourness and spice.

I can't actually comment on the rest of the menu; I've been about eight times over this last month but haven't been able to move beyond grilled chicken and boat noodles. I think I had something else once but I forgot...

Next up: Yai and Sri Siam in No Ho.

-thi

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