Sri Siam Cafe

12843 Vanowen St.
North Hollywood, CA 91605
818-982-6262
Sri Siam Cafe

Anne Fishbein

Details

  • Daily 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • $$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Delivery, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Just off the beaten track from North Hollywood’s Thai Town on Vanowen Street, the tiny Sri Siam Cafe has been serving its authentic renditions of Northern Thai dishes for more than 30 years. The extensive menu does include more pedestrian dishes, such as pad thai and even (shudder) crab Rangoon. But you’re here primarily for authenticity — the deep-fried, butterflied trout topped with a thinly sliced apple salad. The crisp coating enrobing the mild fish within is the paragon of whole-fish preparations. Crispy rice salad in a spicy lime-inflected chili sauce is laced with puckery, sour Thai sausage. Khao soi (curry soup) packs a wallop of flavor, loaded with pliant egg noodles, fresh shrimp and the deep soulfulness of authentic Thai curry. The specials menu is where the more esoteric treasures reside, such as fried soft shell crab in green curry sauce, tiny blue crabs stir-fried in a deeply flavored dry curry powder, and a pungent pork hock soup loaded with ambrosial lemongrass and straw mushrooms. Another round of creamy Thai iced tea works well as a coolant to the spice, or try slices of ripe Thai mango paired with warm, sticky rice drenched with sweet coconut milk. Rest assured that you will be having just about the best lunch imaginable anywhere in North Hollywood. —Kayvan Gabbay

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