Los Angeles has such a rich Thai restaurant legacy thanks to America’s largest Thai population. 150,000 immigrants crave the cuisine of their homeland, and they’ve answered the call with Thai restaurants for over four decades. Chao Krung is the city’s second oldest Thai restaurant. Boon and Supa Kuntee started showcasing the “Exotic taste of Thailand” in 1976. Their original location debuted in Thai Town in 1969. Current owners Katy Noochla-Or and chef Amanda Kuntee reinvigorated the space with reclaimed wood and Thai art, and incorporated more regional Thai dishes.
Share-friendly highlights now include Isaan Sausage “Sister A’s Homemade Thai Sour Sausage” ($9) featuring grilled house-made pork sausage bulbs in the style of Isaan, a region in northeastern Thailand. Chef Kuntee encases ground pork shoulder, lemongrass, chopped garlic, sticky rice, coriander root, and white pepper, ties the sausage into bulbs and grills before serving. The mildly funky, aromatic sausage displays good snap and nice outer char. Each four-link order comes crunchy, thin-sliced red onion, raw ginger shavings, bird’s eye chiles, cilantro, and a squeezable lime for brightness.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.