“Well they said you was high-classed. Well, that was just a lie.” I still remember Kavee Thongpreecha singing those words when the Elvis impersonator would perform at the original Palms Thai location in Thai Town. Apparently so does The Oinkster chef-owner Andre Guerrero, who honored the man, and that other Elvis, with January’s Burger of the Month.
Elvis Presley was famous for pairing bacon with peanut butter and banana, and The Oinkster capitalized on that combo. The Thai Elvis Burger ($9.50) features an herb-flecked pork patty, crafted with scallions, oyster sauce, garlic and black pepper. Guerrero, one of L.A.’s most passionate pork practitioners, then adds twin slabs of char siu pork belly, fried plantains and Thai satay peanut sauce, which practically burst from a squishy hamburger bun. Of course it helped to pair the burger with craft beer, in this case, Cismontane Brewing Marea Roja, a pleasantly pucker Flanders-style red ale, which helped balance the pork-on-pork’s richness.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.