Mango Sticky Rice

Not only is mango sticky rice my favorite Asian dessert, but I made mango sticky rice for the end of the year staff breakfast at work. I had excellent mango sticky rice in Koh Samui four years ago and decent versions in Singapore.

I know that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but this was awesome.

I don’t know what varietal of mango this was, but I couldn’t imagine a better one, as it was perfectly ripe, yet not overripe.

This dish had Thai sausage and mushrooms and it was fine. But not nearly as memorable as dessert.

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Lamb Kebab

Chicken is not my favorite meat, but i sometimes crave fried chicken. Off Hollywood Boulevard is Al Wazir chicken. Once I got there, lamb kebabs sounded better and that’s what I had.

The lamb was tough and I suspect it would be more truthful to call it mutton. The flavor was there and the hummus especially had this earthy funkiness which I throughly enjoyed.

It was good, but since then I’ve had lamb from Zankou Chicken, another Arabic restaurant and it was better.

Carnitas Tacos

My new favorite Mexican restaurant is Cactus Taqueria on Vine, near Sunset.

Delicious pork, garnished with cilantro, diced onions and slices of avocado rolled in soft tacos please me greatly. The pork isn’t highly seasoned, so one can enjoy the earthy fattiness of swine.

Complementary slices of radishes await thee!

Their salsa bar is good.

Twins Sliders

Besides all of the chains, there are still plenty of stand alone hamburger restaurants in Los Angeles, like Twins Sliders. It’s on Sunset, two blocks away from Gower Street.

These are pretty good. All the elements are cooked properly and assembled to make a delicious cheeseburger. The bun is somewhat spongy, the burger is charred and covered with orange cheese. The pickles’ sourness complements the richness and fattiness of the burger itself.

I don’t love shoestring fries, but these were okay.

Twins Sliders

The box above and a soda cost approximately $10.

Penang Shrimp Curry

There are plenty of Thai restaurants near me and I’ve been checking some of them out.

I had this at Nariya Thai, on the corner of Sunset and Gower. Were the peas authentic?

I’m not sure. I asked for it to be spicy and it was fairly hot.

The sauce tasted fine.

I started off with the Thai sausages which were sweet and fatty.

It was fairly good. I’ll have to return.

Baja Fish Tacos Plate

Just down the street on Vine Street is Cactus Taqueria. I went here last week and tried the fish tacos.

It was very good. The fish wasn’t tilapia or if it was, it didn’t taste like cardboard. The batter was crispy.

I started off with elote, which is grilled corn on the cob. It was seasoned with lime juice, mayonnaise and chili powder. This was very good.

I had a Jamaica to drink. The house made habanero sauce was fiery. Cactus makes reliably good Mexican food.