Crispy Pork Gang & Grill + Hoy-Ka (Los Angeles Dec 2014/Jan 2015)

Chilli Paste at Hoy Ka
It feels like only yesterday that we returned from our most recent trip to LA. Okay, so it feels like almost two and a half months, which is what it’s been. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get around to finishing up posting write-ups of our meals but this twofer featuring two Thai Town mainstays is the last one. It actually features the first meal we ate out on this trip—at Crispy Pork Gang & Grill. It’s fitting that the last meal report should be of two Thai meals as on this trip it was Thai food that we ate out the most.

Crispy Pork Gang & Grill is part of the mega-cluster of restaurants in the strip mall on Hollywood Blvd. off Harvard (its immediate neighbours include the venerable Ruen Pair, Red Corner Asia and Pa Ord 3) and is the more downmarket of the two. It is open 24 hours, has minimal atmosphere and functional service. The food, however, is pretty good (if not as good as it once was). Their calling card, as you might expect from their name is their crispy pork which can be gotten with a number of dishes, but that’s not all they’re good at.

Hoy-Ka (or the Original Hoy-Ka, as they prefer) is a little glitzier and is probably technically outside Thai Town proper (at Sunset and Bronson), but who’s looking at a map. You will see far more non-Thai customers there but the food is not pandering to non-Thai palates. They’re best known for their noodle soups and that’s what we descended on them for as an early brunch on the day our Shunji dinner.

As always, click on an image below to launch a larger slideshow with captions.

Both meals were very good, extremely cheap for the quality and yet another reminder of just how much better Thai food in Los Angeles is than pretty much anywhere else in the US. I look forward to eating more of it in a few months!

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