Tantalizing Thai at Sri Siam Cafe

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BY KAREN YOUNG

I’m starting to think that some the best food I’ve eaten in the San Fernando Valley lately is coming out of restaurants located in strip malls or off the beaten track. Rather than a dining experience, these kind of eateries are for the food experience only. I’m used to going to various “name” Thai restaurants, however, none have been more impressive than a recent lunch at Sri Siam Cafe in North Hollywood — for the quality of food and surprisingly low cost.

Pad Thai Photos: Karen Young

Pad Thai is always a must at Thai restaurants, but it can be hit or miss depending on the sweetness of the sauce and how much oil used. This Pad Thai is among the best of I’ve eaten, but presented a bit differently with the noodles separated from the bean sprouts and peanuts. The pan fried noodles were perfectly seasoned and soft without tasting fried. The mix of egg, shrimp and chicken was fairly proportioned and tender.

Kai Jiew: Pork omelet

Next up was Kai Jiew, which is a pork omelet. I questioned it as a choice when my dining partner suggested it (ok, and the name considering it was pork), but threw caution to the wind and went for it. Glad I did. It’s seriously good for something so simple. A Thai street food, it’s fried egg with chopped pork, fish sauce, soy sauce and minced onions mixed in.

Pineapple Curry

There’s eight different curry choices here, so we went for the Pineapple Curry, which on a hot summer day, sounded lighter than a traditional curry with potatoes and carrots. This is a sweet and spicy dish (we ordered mild but it still packed plenty of heat) that delicately combines curry, coconut milk, shrimp and chopped pineapple. I’m hooked.

Apple Salad

Apple salad accompanies many dishes on the menu, so we asked to order it as its own dish. Tart green apples cut like long match sticks are dressed with chili pepper for another unique, yet simple, sweet and spicy dish.  Perfect for a summer day.

Sri Siam Cafe has an extensive menu for such a small restaurant.  Prices range from $4.95 to $7.95 per dish with a couple seafood dishes at $10.95.  A whole Pompano fish is offered at market price.  All the portions are good size.  A lunch special is offered Monday through Friday that includes rice, soup, egg roll and fruit with a choice of one entree ($5.95 to $7.95).

Sri Siam Cafe is definitely a delight to tickle your taste buds. Order a Thai Iced Tea and go for it.

Sri Siam is located in a strip mall on Vanowen near Coldwater.

Sri Siam 12843-12845 Vanowen Street (at Coldwater), North Hollywood, CA. 818.982.6161 www.srisiamcafe1.com Open seven days  11am-10pm.  Delivery minimum $15.

Karen Young is the Editor/Publisher of My Daily Find. Email: karen@mydailyfind.com

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