Somehow, the world seems to agree on certain culinary traditions. Gladly, sausage is one of them. Surprisingly, Southeast Asia isn’t a part of the world that gets enough love when it comes to stuffed links. In Southern California, the best place to find Southeast Asian food is clearly Little Saigon. Photographer Dylan Ho tipped me off to Royal King Elephant, a Thai-Lao restaurant that Michael Duong and chef/partner Xay Sengdara opened this spring.
Royal King Elephant resides in a strip mall and contains white walls lined with elephant art, brown tables, potted plants, and three flat screen TVs. Sengdara is of Laotian descent and serves some terrific plates of comfort food, including Thai/Lao Sausage ($7.99).
This style of sausage, sai oua, features winning chew and good snap from the grill and contains ground pork, Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, galangal, and Thai chilies. Each order comes with a small dish of roasted tomato sauce with garlic and onion to temper the heat.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.