Mango Sticky Rice

I was excited to have authentic Thai food with the possibility that mango sticky rice would be available when my brother and I went to a Thai restaurant in Hollywood near Little Armenia. Called Crispy Pork Gang and Grill, located in a small strip mall inhabited by other Siamese establishments. 

What makes this dessert remarkable is the sweet, fatty and saltiness of the glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk and a perfectly ripe mango, both intensely sour and fruity and floral. 

It was excellent. The serving of green curry with pork was more than ample. 

The green curry was very good. Present was galangal and Thai basil and enough chilies to make me sweat. 

Of course the Thai iced tea was good!


Salted Fish Fried Rice

Instead of the food court I went down to the first floor and decided to try out Basil, a Thai restaurant. I guess because it’s located in the national stadium, the food is very low in fat. 

I liked the clean flavors of the diced scallions, chilies, salted fish paste and limes. However, the portion was not only low in fat, but small.

I also ordered nam prik mamuang which is shrimp paste and mango (I think) served with sticky rice balls and steamed vegetables.

I liked the sour, savory shrimp paste in the middle. But eating it with the rice balls and the vegetables was awkward.

The food is nice, for a snack. Two courses and I was still hungry.

The lemongrass tea was okay. 

Thai Chicken Curry Soup

The local chain, The Soup Spoon sometimes makes awesome soups. This time, they did.

This chicken curry soup was fiery! In the soup were chunks of chicken, galangal, lemon grass, fried shallots, fish cake and tofu. That orange blob was minced habaƱero, not authentic, but it worked.

I had a falafel flatbread with the soup. Mayonnaise lubricated the fillings down the gullet.