Best Place for 4 a.m. Thai Crispy Pork - 2012
Crispy Pork Gang & Grill
When it comes to late-night Thai food, Hollywood has an embarrassment of riches. Should you be craving Thai-style crispy pork at 4 a.m., there's a place for it. In a plaza full of Thai restaurants, one place announces its raison d'être on a lighted sign sporting a cheerfully smiling cartoon pig — the aptly named Crispy Pork Gang & Grill. Chunks of cubed pork belly are lightly battered and fried, then tossed into a wok and added to your choice of Chinese broccoli, mint leaves, morning glory, fried rice or even papaya salad. The crunchy, slightly chewy pork tidbits are perfect mixed in with any of them. Spring for the extra "1000 Year Egg" — a duck egg preserved for some time less than that — for added texture and flavor. Whether you're concluding a long night of partying or not, some crispy pork and a Thai iced coffee make a great nightcap. 5253 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 465-9796.