Jitlada, in Thai Town, on the border of L.A.'s Little Armenia is one of the best Thai food restaurants I've been to in a long time. Jazz, co-owner with her brother Tui, welcomed me by first reading my palm: "You are going to be very rich," she assured me. "You lucky woman. You're going to be OK, but don't think too much."
I didn't have to think twice about the beautiful offerings Jazz started setting before us, dishes from Jitlada's menu of lesser-known southern Thai specialties. We started out with a rice salad, khao yam, tossed with toasted coconut, shredded lemongrass, dried shrimp, kaffir lime leaf and a sweet saucecalled naam khoei. Then Jazz brought out a crunchy fish salad, a bowl of pungent and creamy green curry thick with egg yolk-stuffed fish balls,Tamarind-drizzled prawns, and Thai iced coffees. I always save room for fresh Mango and Coconut-scented Sticky Rice; Jitlada's version is divine!
Co-owner, Jazz (right), serving forth her famous crispy catfish salad. Watch Jazz and Tui as they show me how to make Coconut Chicken Soup and Pad Thai in the latest Local Flavor video.
JITLADA Thai Cuisine
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027-5709
Phone: (323) 667-9809
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