Thai food is having a renaissance. We revisit conversations with James Syhabout of Hawker Fare and Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker, who are showing U.S. diners the wider canon of Thai food. We also hear about Bangkok’s unique food culture. How does the history of Thai food in LA tell the story of Thai assimilation? Plus: hear Jonathan Gold’s original review of Jitlada, the beloved Thai restaurant in Hollywood.
Thai food, from Bangkok to SoCal
From this Episode:
Food of Bangkok
In 2008, Leela Punyaratabandhu started her Thai food blog, “ She Simmers ,” in memory of her mother, whom she credits with her love of food and home.
Market Report: Lemongrass
Market-fresh lemongrass at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Photo by Joseph Stone.
'Drinking Food of Thailand'
Yam Met Mamuang Himaphaan: Fried Cashews with Salt, Chiles, and Green Onions. Photo by Austin Bush. Courtesy of Ten Speed Press.
Jonathan Gold on Jitlada
In 2007, Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold rediscovered Jitlada . Jitlada had been around for ages and was known as the first "nice" Thai restaurant in...