Watdongmoonlek Noodle (Los Angeles)
I’m originally from Los Angeles. When I go back home to get Thai food it tends to be at places in Thai town, like Palms, Ruen Pair, or Jitlada. But there’s a new player in town. Watdongmoonlek has entered the rotation. It isn’t a new restaurant, but it is for me since we just discovered it this year!
One might get excited walking into a place like this. Hopefully the hipster vibe wasn’t just a front for mediocre food. But good food answers all questions in my book.
A lot of things peaked my interest on the menu. Besides the good company, a side benefit of dining with numbers is it lets you order a bunch of stuff and share.
The only way to describe the first sip of the lychee slushy: da bomb. It was refreshingly sweet and not over the top. The tough thing was saving some for the second half of the meal.
Soup is a must almost anywhere I dine if it is served. The Tom Kha Udon is little bit sour, spicy, salty, and a whole lot of comfort. The udon twist is fine, but really not necessary. All of the other ingredients in the soup are enough for me to hum my way through the bowl without regret.
The Hainan Chicken Rice (small order) was decent. Too bad the rice didn’t pack the punch we covet from Savoy Kitchen in Alhambra. We enjoyed spicy soy ginger sauce and for a half order($4), what do I have to complain about?
Last up was the Shanghai Noodle Salad. Normally we order the Yum Woon Sen but today was a new day. Thank goodness we did! These little flat rolled up noodles rock my world. It is very similar in flavor to Yum Woon Sen, but the noodles are so much more fun to eat. I thought they would be somewhat thick, gummy, and hard to chew but on the contrary, they were soft, almost melt in your mouth goodness. I would highly recommend this dish if you are into a strong lime and chili flavored dish.
So there you have it. Another Thai place to try out. This one stood out not only for it’s cool art on the walls that scream LA, but also a few dishes that I’ve never had before. Have fun out there!
4356 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029