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Yai Restaurant

5757 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323-462-0292
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  • Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
The sort of food you don't really find in garden-variety Thai places is what Yai —located in the rear of a dingy Hollywood mini-mall and as authentic a Thai restaurant as they come — calls roast pork with Chinese broccoli: fatty, crispy chunks of pigskin on a dark-green pile whose vegetable bitterness cuts through the richness like a knife. It looks something like a spinach salad, and fully half the customers here seem to have an order on their tables. The dish is bound together with enough garlic to induce a sweat in some people that will stay with them for days. There's a pungent, searing chili dip on the side. This dish is kind of a walk on the wild side for the Western palate.

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