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the single best thing i ate (twice) in los angeles.

15 Aug 2012


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No joke.  J and I discovered the jade noodles at Sapp Coffee Shop in LA’s Thai Town last Thursday night, and loved them so much we went back to the restaurant around noon the next day to order another bowl of it.  How can you go wrong: green noodles topped with roasted duck, BBQ pork, and shredded crab meat, plus some greens, crushed peanuts and dried chili flakes, and a lime wedge for good measure.  Stir it up, and dig in.  It will look a mess, but an amazing one at that.
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It’s a dish served just above room temp, with the juices from the various meats coating the noodles and the squirt of lime adding a bit of bracing brightness to the whole affair.  It’s the best $6.75 you’ll spend on food all day.  Trust me.

If you’re still hungry, the larb and the nam sod are good bets too.  Spicy, but not too much so, and a bit of rice will help cool things down anyway.
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The place really is just a glorified coffee shop, with a handful of booths and maybe ten or so tables, in a room just bigger than a hole in the wall, in a tiny mini mall on Hollywood Boulevard.  I’ve got a bunch more LA food-related posts to come — pictured here are just two of I think 15 or 18 meals I managed to document during my vacation last week — but I thought I’d start out with the dish that really made the trip. If you find yourself in LA now or anytime soon, this is where you should have your first and last meals. And maybe a few of the ones inbetween, too.
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 15 Aug 2012 4:08 pm

    I want to eat to there.

  2. 15 Aug 2012 4:18 pm

    I love delicious food messes, haha! Yum!

  3. 15 Aug 2012 7:10 pm

    I’m hungry… ;-)

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