Just when my interest in food trucks was starting to wane (again), I stumbled upon Sanook Soi 38, a yellow Thai street food truck with cartoon elephant logo that parks along clifftop Palisades Park, right along my running route down to Santa Monica beach. The truck’s been on the road for two years, with an owner from southern Thailand who preaches “fun” since that’s the translation from Thai. Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road, and particularly Soi 38 (Street 38), a “place of myriad culinary pleasures,” inspired comforting dishes like Kao Kha Muu.
Kao Kha Muu ($10) is a hearty bowl of pork hock that’s braised with 5-spices for five hours, pulled from the bone, and plated with Asian kale, pickled mustard greens, and steamed jasmine rice. Based on this dish, and my order of Pad Kra-Paow, it’s conceivable that Sanook Soi 38 is making Santa Monica’s best Thai food at the moment, at prices that would satisfy just about any Angeleno, except for maybe Thai Town stalwarts.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.