Krua Siri: Thai Town Treat

My wife and I were in Thai Town looking for dinner. We had a few usual spots, but we wanted to experiment and try something new. We accidentally spotted Krua Siri on the corner of Hollywood and Normandie. It was a mom and pop, hole in the wall, but there was a decent crowd already there. Good sign. We quickly reviewed their menu and it looked promising. They also showed off their LA Times review. We were sold and quickly grabbed a table. There was a large party along with two to three other tables. At one point, it was standing room only!

Chicken Satay Skewers

Chicken Satay Skewers

This was to die for! Granted we were starving, we smelled the savory flavor from across the room. For starters, we devoured our four skewers with grilled, tender chicken strips in no time. We dipped the meat in mouth watering homemade peanut sauce and Oriental dressing with cucumbers, carrots, and onions. Our hunger subsided a little, but the bar was set pretty high.

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai

This dish was passable. The flavor was ok and the noodles were a little more chewy than normal. You had to work a little extra to get it down. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either.

Spicy Mint Beef

Spicy Mint Leaves Beef

Next up the medium spicy mint leaves beef. The flavor was quite good, but a tad too spicy for me. A compromise as my wife loves spicy food. I just tempered it with more white rice. Sadly, the rice was like the noodles in that some parts were harder to chew than usual. This is a common theme as the beef was tougher than what I am used to.

Final Thoughts

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised at our new Thai Town find. Run by a husband and wife team, we were greeted and checked on with friendly smiles. The skewers were the best we ever had and the beef was quite delicious. We’ll pass on the Pad Thai next time and perhaps give one of their curries a try. We did have a setback on the food’s texture, but it was very minor compared to everything else. Finally, the menu prices were very reasonable. If you’re looking for a Thai Town treat, give Krua Siri a try!

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12 Responses

  1. MoneyCone says:

    It’s almost lunch time and I’m starving and I see these delicious pictures of Thai food!!

    I’m going to try Krua Siri today!

  2. Those Thai places in Hollywood make some spicy food. 😉

  3. krantcents says:

    Your review made me hungry! My son took us to a hole in the wall place in North Hollywood. Thai food can be spicy, but it sure is good.

  4. Untemplater says:

    Oh wow, my stomach is growling now!! I could so go for some Pad Thai right about now. It’s super good with freshly squeezed lemon or lime on top. My fav Thai dishes are pad thai, red curry, spring rolls with peanut sauce, and pineapple fried rice…. yum

  5. JT McGee says:

    I’ve never had Thai food, but a new place just opened up and people have been raving about it. Having seen it here, I may just work up the courage to go. Looks pretty good!

  6. Jess says:

    You should go back and ask about the Northern Thai specials. Krua Siri excels at some unusual dishes that are hard to get in L.A. Pad thai and mint leaves with basil may be common dishes you find at Thai restaurants, but Krua Siri has things like the Thai sausage, garlic quail, and catfish larb that are excellent.

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