Using in excess of the previous Cafe Dahab on the northern extend of Sawtelle Boulevard, Tuk Tuk Thai opened very last 7 days serving a largely street food menu of classics like Isaan sour sausage and prik khing moo grob (environmentally friendly beans with pork tummy and pink curry paste) from chef Amanda Kuntee and sister/lover Katy Noochlaor, who also runs Same Same Thai in Silver Lake.
The small inside of area capabilities a couple of outdoor tables to accommodate just about 50 diners with a menu that is distinctive sufficient from their family’s cafe Chao Krung on Fairfax Avenue, which opened in 1976 and is a person of the oldest Thai spots in the city. Tuk Tuk reopens soon after it served on Pico Boulevard for extra than 23 many years before relocating to Sawtelle. The new eating area options a ton of millennial pink hues, contemporary chairs and tables, plus a handful of hanging votives to mark the room.
The star below is the menu, which would seem a little bit a lot more concentrated than the common Thai restaurant but has classics like eco-friendly papaya salad, larb, chili holi basil, crab fried rice, and, of training course, pad Thai. There is a portion focused to pork stomach, like the aforementioned moo grob and even pork belly pad thai. The pork exhibit carries on with the stellar egg noodles with slivers of grilled fatty pork collar, garlic oil, and blanched greens for something resembling the famous dry jade noodles from Sapp Coffee Shop (nevertheless the noodles at Tuk Tuk are a common yellow colour).
Entrees include marinated flap steak with roasted rice chili pepper sauce or Hainanese fried chicken, sliced and served with garlic rice. Curry alternatives are uncomplicated, also, with creamy coconut panang served in a wide range of proteins to gaeng gari gai, a yellow curry chicken served with roti and cucumber salad. Vegan jackfruit red curry performs for plant-primarily based diners whilst Chao Krung’s epic environmentally friendly curry, pounded fresh new and prepared with a wonderful balance of makrut lime, Thai eggplant, and galangal, rounds out the fragrant stews.
Desserts incorporate sweet brown sugar roti with condensed milk, coconut flan, pandan-tinted tapioca pudding or a traditional mango with sweet sticky rice. At the moment, the only drinks are non-alcoholic, with a much less sweet Thai iced tea, sodas, mango consume, and lychee drink to help mood the spicy foodstuff.
On that notice, there are three menu-specified concentrations of spice: mild, hot, and “Thai fireplace.” The center degree, hot, will undoubtedly be a problem for most persons whilst the Thai hearth is for those people who have certainly impressive degrees of capsaicin tolerance. While Sawtelle is surely just one of the ideal collections of Asian food stuff, with Japanese currently being the most well known delicacies, it is good to see a new Thai cafe sign up for one particular of Los Angeles’s busiest dining neighborhoods.
Tuk Tuk Thai is open with on-web page eating, delivery, and takeout from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, until eventually 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.