new laotian place
kop jai lai
on chatsworth just west of sepulveda.
had lunch there today. the person waiting on me had a look of gratified surprise when i skipped the lunch specials, went straight to laotian specialties and ordered the nem khao tod. i told her that i’d had it before. more on this later.
i’ve had this only once before at A&J before it shuttered. so you can take my considering this rendition superior with a grain of salt. i will simply recommend going there and trying it yourself.
i’ll be back next friday to try the lao pork sausage.
one more thing - they do keep a few things in back you have to ask for.- such as the nam pla prik; they only offer serranos in vinegar at the table along with the mainly generic chili sauces. they’re not expecting their clientele to be that conversant with thai, much less laotian. i suspect that if you manage to convey some sense of embracing thai/laotian cuisine they may make the flavor profile a bit more more authentic in how they prepare some dishes.