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We Learn What ‘Yum Sauce’ is and How to Eat Sticky Rice [THAI TOWN ADVENTURE]

Hot-Yum-Sauce

Recently, Foodbeast was invited to Los Angeles for the Melting Pot Tours’ tour of Thai Town with celebrity chef, Jet Tila. Chef Jet was appointed as the inaugural Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine by the Royal Thai Consul-General in 2013. He is the first-ever chef to represent his country’s culture and cuisine in the U.S.

Chef Jet has also set many world records including world’s largest stir fry and longest California Roll and has appeared in many cooking shows throughout his career. However, no matter how much he’s accomplished, he hasn’t forgotten where he came from and the Thai community that made him who he is. He was kind enough to give Foodbeast a detailed tour of his old stomping grounds, restaurants and all.

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Reun Pair

Pork Jerky

Pork-Jerky

Started off the tour at Reun Pair with this savory dish. Deep-fried marinated pork served with Yum sauce. Holy crap this was good.

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Sticky Rice

Sticky-Rice

Sticky rice meant to be eaten alongside the pork and dipped together into the yum sauce.

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 Yum Sauce

Hot-Yum-Sauce

The yum sauce is made mostly from fish sauce, chilies and palm sugar. Definitely the right amount of spicy and sweet.

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Green Papaya Salad

Papaya-Salad

Chopped papaya mixed with green beans, dried shrimp, tomato, ground peanuts, cabbage and lime juice. A really refreshing dish that was light enough to go with the pork and rice.

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Sapp Coffee Shop

Jade Noodles

Jade-Noodles

Jade noodles served with roasted duck, BBQ pork and crab meat. You gotta mix it together and squeeze some lime juice on it for the full effect. The marinate on the pork and the duck were phenomenal.

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 Sukhothai Noodles

Sukhothai-Noodles

A hot and sour soup broth served with BBQ pork, shrimp, trout fish balls, green beans and noodles. At first I was pretty nervous to try this, with all the different combinations of ingredients. But I was surprised how much I enjoyed this dish. The broth was heartily packed with flavor and all the meats were spot on.

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 Siam Books Center

Book-Shelf

After two sit-down restaurants in a span of under two hours, we had to walk off some of those dishes. Jet took us to a local Thai bookstore across the street.

Statues

Tons of cool Thai gifts, statues and books here, including many items representing the importance of elephants within Thai culture.

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Bangkok Market

Sauce-Shelf

Jet-Sriracha

Sriracha

We got to check out a local grocery store that is a staple in the Thai community in Los Angeles. Chef Jet, who’s family owned the market since the ’70s, showed us some of the fresh produce that surrounding Thai restaurants use in their dishes as well as the Thai community to cook at home.

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Thai Spirit House

Spirit-House

A miniature house or temple mounted on a pillar in the neighborhood. A shrine dedicated to appease the spirits of the area so that they may offer the community protection.

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Red Corner Asia Restaurant

Spicy Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry with Fried Egg

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The last savory dish of the tour. Between the crazy amounts of flavor in the stir fry and the crispy fried egg, the tasting ended on a great note.

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Bhan Kanom Thai

Desserts

A box of assorted desserts from Bhan Kanom Thai. Kanom Krok (Roasted Coconut Pancakes), Tokyo (Crepe filled with Pandan Cream), Pachi (Taro Coconut Corn Fritter), Kanom Chun (Layered Coconut and Pandan Gelee), Kanom Buang (Thai Sweet and Savory Tacos),  Jasmine Sticky Rice Cakes and Coconut Mochi balls.

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Gratuitous Food Porn: Thai Food Edition

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This fall, cozy up with a different kind of spice. Simultaneously prismatic and comforting, Thai is one Asian cuisine which, despite its ubiquity, hasn’t gone completely the way of Panda Express. Which is amazing. Best served family-style, these eats are meant to be enjoyed either in a dimly lit, family-owned restaurant, or made in your own kitchen. From the sore throat-healing sour soup tom yum to the wildly under-appreciated pad thai alternative, pad see ew, it’s time you rested your eyes on some of the world’s prettiest and most nuanced dishes. We bet you’ll soon feel all warm and fuzzy.

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Thai Beef Salad

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Recipe: Strands of My Life

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Pad Thai Soup

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Recipe: Domestic Fits

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Chicken Pad Thai

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Recipe: Jo Cooks

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Thai Shrimp Rolls

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Recipe: Fine Dining Lovers

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Cashew Chicken with Thai Chili Plum Sauce

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Recipe: Chow Divine

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Thai Red Prawn Curry

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Recipe: Strands of My Life

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Thai Red Curry Mussels

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Recipe: Kitchn

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Thai Green Curry with Sugar Snaps, Asparagus & Broccolini

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Recipe: Fuss Free Cooking

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Thai Red Curry with Vegetables and Coconut Milk

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Recipe: Spicie Foodie

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Thai Coconut Beef in Crispy Wonton Cups

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Recipe: The Endless Meal

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Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

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Recipe: Foxes Love Lemons

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Grilled Prawns with Kaffir Lime Dressing

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Recipe: Rachel Cooks Thai

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Tom Yum Goong

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Recipe: Beyond Kimchee

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Pork-Stuffed Squash Blossoms

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Recipe: Rachel Cooks Thai

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Thai Style Duck and Green Papaya Salad

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Recipe: Cherry on My Sundae

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Beef Curry with Pumpkin

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Recipe: Rasamalaysia

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Thai Green Curry and Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl

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Recipe: A House in the Hills

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Sweet and Sour Sticky Thai Boneless Oven-Baked Chicken Wings

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Recipe: Half Baked Harvest

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Thai Shrimp and Pineapple Curry

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Recipe: Rasamalaysia

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Larb Gai Thai Chicken Salad

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Recipe: Yum Sugar

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Shrimp Larb

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Recipe: Oui Chef Network

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Tom Kha Gai

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Recipe: Pinch & Swirl

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Thai Tea Arnold Palmer

Recipe: Foodbeast

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Lamb Massaman Curry

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Recipe: Sugaretal

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Thai Crab Fried Rice

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Recipe: All Things Nice

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Thai Creamy Chicken Soup

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Recipe: Smoky Wok

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Tom Yum Gai

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Recipe: Closet Cooking

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Tom Yum Goong

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Recipe: Rachel Cooks Thai

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Pad See Ew

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Recipe: Dorsey Kitchen

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Mango Sticky Rice Parfaits

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Recipe: Bittersweet Blog

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H/T Tasteologie, Tastespotting

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Memorial Lag and Army Fatag

The few days leading up to Memorial Day weekend and the weekend itself have been rambunctious to say the least. Filled with gun scares, debauchery, eating, Sopranos and NBA Playoffs. By the way, if you frequent our site (thank you!) and you have yet to start following us on @twitter, try it out! The new website is coming soon, and when it comes time to implement it, we may experience some down time…and the best way for us to communicate is through Twitter. Anyways, for your enjoyment, here are some stories through the eye of my phone again:


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Thai Spice: Irvine

After a long day of school, work and meetings, Elie and I took a second to grab a bite to eat at a local spot in Irvine called Thai Spice. Great service, great food, great people; that’s all I can say. Check the photos after the jump, and definitely go check out Thai Spice for yourself!

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Wholesome Choice: Irvine

If you’ve been reading our publication for a decent amount of time, you might have stumbled across us some of our adventures where we headed to Wholesome Choice in Irvine, CA. Everytime is better than the last, and the reason we keep writing about it and bringing it up is because we get something different every time we go. This time around, we were asked to stop taking pictures while inside their establishment. Intrigued? Of course we kept taking pictures, find out more after the jump:

 

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Jumpa Thai

Jumpa, jumpa, jumpa. On the way back from our fabric search in Huntington Beach, Andrew and I swung by our favorite Thai spot. In the midst of Garden Grove and all the fine Asian eateries, this might be one of the most hype spots. Peep game: