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Friday, 13 November 2020

Stick BBQ


When Stick BBQ was first featured in Los Angeles's Thai language newspaper, it was already growing among the community and gathering popularity like a large, wet snowball barrelling down the mountainside. What the stand decided to do next probably has us all in danger of that oncoming snowball, and the section of Hollywood Blvd. in front of Silom Supermarket and Thailand Plaza is destined to be a double-parked drive-thru window for the bulk of most evenings.

In addition to the stand grilling chicken, beef, and pork sticks and sending plumes of smoke up into the night air of Thai Town, recently a new stand has been opened at the other end of the market (after it closes each evening) offering nighttime noodle favorites rad na and pad see ew.

Stick BBQ originally opened in May as a one-man operation on Avenue 26, later expanding to some nights in Thai Town and eventually to where it is located now. At some point in October the new stand was added, and more and more tables and stools have had to be spread out between them as enthusiasm grows.

It is unclear what the relationship is, but everyone calls the chef at the rad na and pad see ew stand "Mom" and pays her great respect.

"Mom" in action.

Both of these dishes are filling and comforting, not really the type that are revelatory. Thais crave them after (or during) a night of drinking, and spots to have them quickly made dot most cities of any size.

This is the magic of the new stand, it oozes an evening in Thailand. As orders and instructions are shouted back and forth between staff and the scratching of cooking tools on the wok create a background soundtrack, it could be easy to feel far from Los Angeles.

Pad see ew.

Both dishes are a fair amount of food and priced at $10, the only part of the evening that reminds you that you are still here. Both original versions are shown, but you can alter the pad see ew to have smaller noodles or the rad na to use fried noodles on top.

If it is not brought to your table automatically, ask for the condiment caddy to add in spicy vinegar, dried chili flakes, or sugar as desired. Someone might be waiting to sit down after you, but if not, enjoy the scene after eating and eventually walk around the corner to get some dessert.

Rad na.

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