Hollywood: Green Papaya Salad Battle at Tid Lom and Sunshine Thai
Tid Lom is a fairly large restaurant with karaoke some nights. They do a brisk delivery business which helps since they’re online and have an online ordering system.
Their green papaya was nicely crunchy and well flavored. I’d be tempted to try it with the salted crab next time.
We also tried the chicken penang curry. The chicken was tender enough with enough veggies. It’s fairly standard as far as penang goes. I’ve probably had some that are more silky (with additional coconut milk) but I preferred to think of this as a heartier curry.
I also got the Moo Tom Yum. I can’t resist noodle soups. This one was came with glass noodles, ground pork, fish balls, shrimp, ground peanuts and the usual cilantro, lime, bean sprouts and green onions. I was full after a few bites so we took the rest to go. There’s great value for your money here.
The next week, we hopped over to Sunshine Thai. This restaurant was smaller but more homely. It felt very mom and pop. We had great service here.
The green papaya salad could have used a little bit more acidity that either a splash of fish sauce or a squeeze of lime would have fixed. Actually, maybe even both.
I thought about getting their Hurricane soup which seemed really popular but opted for yen ta fo, a simple soup with shrimp, squid, fish balls and noodles. There were also big clumps of ground pork which was delicious.
Sorry, Vim, my money is on the Thai restaurants further east.
Sunshine Restaurant861 N Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029 — (323) 462-4646 © The Minty 2015