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AAA Thai Market (Venice and Sepulveda)

Thanks for the update, Jtea. I was planning to do a drive-by today, but I guess that won't be necessary

Nov 15, 2010
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AAA Thai Market (Venice and Sepulveda)

Anyone know if this place has managed to obtain its health permit (after being closed by the Health Dept. for not having it)?

Oct 27, 2010
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Thai or Vietnamese basil on the West side???

Oh, how exciting! Thanks for the heads up!!!!

Sep 23, 2010
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Thai or Vietnamese basil on the West side???

Thanks for the heads-up, Bulavinaka.

Sep 13, 2010
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Thai or Vietnamese basil on the West side???

Hi All,

Thanks for everyone's replies. I don't *think* I have succeeded in finding Thai/Viet basil on the West Side yet. The reason I say I don't think is that I stopped by El Camaguey Market on Venice like someone on here suggested and saw something that definitely looked like it could be what I was looking for, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it was in fact Mexican (cinnamon) basil instead. They are very similar looking with the purplish stems and flowers. By no means am I an expert on such things, but considering it was a Mexican market and the strong resemblance between the two varieties, I think the likelihood is high. Can anyone help me confirm?

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El Camaguey Market
10925 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Sep 04, 2010
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Penang/Panang Curry Paste on the West Side???

ah, thanks for the clarification.

Aug 19, 2010
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Penang/Panang Curry Paste on the West Side???

Thanks. That store is called Simpang Asia and indeed they do carry it.

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Simpang Asia
10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Aug 19, 2010
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Thai or Vietnamese basil on the West side???

Interesting. I'll give them a try! Thanks!

Aug 19, 2010
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Thai or Vietnamese basil on the West side???

Thanks for your reply. I'm looking for a place I can pick it up a little more regularly. For example, it's Wednesday night and I've decided to cook a nice Thai curry, so I better run out and get some basil....

Aug 19, 2010
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Thai or Vietnamese basil on the West side???

Hi, I pick up kaffir lime leaves at Simpang Asia and never see Thai or Vietnamese basil. Have you seen it there?

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Simpang Asia
10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Aug 19, 2010
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Thai or Vietnamese basil on the West side???

Chowhounds, you've always come through for me in the past. I often cook Vietnamese or Thai dishes and, begrudgingly, I always leave out the basil because it's difficult to find in my neck of the woods. I alway pick some up if I happen to be in SGV or Little Saigon, but it doesn't last long and I end up using a bit and then throwing the rest out. I now know where to kaffir lime leaves on the west side thanks to you guys. What about Thai or Vietnamese basil? The kind you get when you eat pho (with the purplish stems). The typical basil you find in most markets is just not the same.... :( and the dishes I cook just aren't the same as a result.

Aug 19, 2010
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Penang/Panang Curry Paste on the West Side???

Thanks to everyone who responded. I ended up stopping by Simpang Asia anyway that evening and they DID indeed have Panang curry paste. It tasted great! My belly was happy...

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Simpang Asia
10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Panang Restaurant
1801 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

May 20, 2010
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Penang/Panang Curry Paste on the West Side???

LOL, now worries. I may pop in to Simpang Asia this evening just to be sure. The guy sounded like he just wanted to get me off the phone.

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Simpang Asia
10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

May 17, 2010
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Penang/Panang Curry Paste on the West Side???

I'll give them a call. Thanks!

May 17, 2010
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Penang/Panang Curry Paste on the West Side???

Thank you! That's a little farther than I'd like to trek this evening, but I'll keep them in mind for the future. Should come in handy.

May 17, 2010
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Penang/Panang Curry Paste on the West Side???

Thanks; I'm looking for the actual paste.

May 17, 2010
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Penang/Panang Curry Paste on the West Side???

Thanks for the reply. I called them and they said no. I wonder if he understood what I was saying...I could've sworn I saw it there once.

May 17, 2010
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Penang/Panang Curry Paste on the West Side???

Simpang Asia perhaps?? Would hate to drive all the way out East for it....

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Simpang Asia
10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

May 17, 2010
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Need Korean BBQ Dinner Rec in OC

A friend of mine swears by Cham Soot Gol in Garden Grove. They also do dduk-bo-ssam style.

Dec 02, 2007
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Farm Boy - Palms Area

Stopped in for the first time today. Picked up some Fuji apples and green beans which looked and tasted crisp and fresh, and I think it cost me a total of $2.35. I'll be back here. I really hope business picks up for them. If you're in Palms, please do stop by and support them. I don't know where else you could get that quality of produce at that price. Another local quality favorite of mine (Tatin Coffeehouse) shut down already. I hope this place doesn't go the way of Tatin.

Nov 27, 2007
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Good eats around LAX/South Bay???

Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions. I truly appreciate them. Alas, my sister, who is a chain person, insisted we all go to Grand Lux.

Nov 17, 2007
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Good eats around LAX/South Bay???

Alright, change of plans. We'll have a one-year old with us, so I need something at least semi-kid friendly. Pretty much open to anything...

Nov 14, 2007
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Good eats around LAX/South Bay???

Thanks, everybody! Alas, we'll probably end up at Sushi Bei in Torrance. I'm craving sushi, and since I'm driving....

Nov 14, 2007
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Good eats around LAX/South Bay???

Ok, I'm stuck in this area. I'm willing to venture about 10 or 15 minutes north or south, but that's it. What's worth checking out for dinner? I have family in town and, for reasons that are irrelevant to this post, we have to stay in that general area. Please no recs in OC or SFV or SGV etc....Thanks!

Nov 14, 2007
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what the heck happened to mr. baguette???!

I grew up eating Vietnamese sandwiches, and they always had cucumbers in them.

Nov 13, 2007
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Pho in South Bay???

So, I went to Pho Hong Long. I'd say it was pretty average. All the add-on items were kind of annoying. They refused to do my "tai rieng" without charging me a $1.00. I was surprised because all they do is put the meat on a dish instead of in my bowl. Why charge extra for that? What if I had wanted my cilantro on the side? Would they charge a $1.00 for that? At $5.75 for a medium, it was already pretty steep. Needless to say, I am in no hurry to go back there. I was stuck in South Bay though, so it fit the bill. Wasn't stellar but it fit the bill for the geographic restriction.

Nov 13, 2007
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Pho in South Bay???

By the way, SauceSupreme, I always order my tai as "tai rieng". They bring the rare tai out on a side dish and you dip it in the pho broth at your own leisure. I hate it when the tai gets overcooked while steeping in the broth after they just dump it in the bowl. Any pho place will accommodate you.

Nov 12, 2007
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Pho in South Bay???

Thanks! I was on that site yesterday and didn't realize it was you. Those goi cuon were downright monstrous....

Nov 12, 2007
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area

Pho in South Bay???

I'm restricted to South Bay in this case though, hence the post. To be fair, I've been to pho places in Little Saigon that only have lemon handy, too. To be honest, I feel the pho in Little Saigon runs the gamut, great to fair to mediocre. Just depends on your taste and where you end up. Of course, there you will have a higher density of everything from good to bad. Thanks. I"ll know to temper my expectations in South Bay.

Nov 12, 2007
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Pho in South Bay???

I'm gonna try Pho Hong Long. Thanks!

Nov 11, 2007
hch_nguyen in Los Angeles Area