10 Best Eats in Thai Town: Neighborhood Grub Crawl
|Boat Noodles at Pa-Ord|
1. Pa-Ord Noodle:
As much as we love the version at Sapp Coffee Shop, the boat noodles at Pa-Ord Noodle are graduate-level stuff -- the Bitches Brew of Bangkok cuisine. You're headed to a specialist of extra-murky boat noodles, or kuay tiew rua, one of Thailand's most beloved street foods. The broth is thickened with pork blood and perfumed with star anise. It's unrelentingly spicy, with zaps of sweet and sour nipping the edges of your tongue. The bowl is filled with scraps of offal you might not be able to identify: perforated squares of tripe, a slice of liver or spleen, a handful of crushed-up chicharron and a fish ball or two bobbing in the soup like pale apples. Good stuff. 5301 Sunset Blvd., L.A.; 323-461-3945.
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