The top dish was the restaurant's namesake spicy B.B.Q. meat. You can choose pork or beef, but pork (at top) should be the only option, it's that delicious. You get a plateful of pork strips glistening with dark marinade--sweet, crunchy and fabulous, true meat candy.
A spicy dipping sauce comes with this, but why mask the flavor of anything so perfect?
The dip for this combines fine shreds of green apple, red onion and cashews in sweet and sour sauce. It's a nice complement.
The crispy fish is one of Nong's specials in the northern Thai section of the menu. To tie these two dishes together, the perfect choice would be another of Nong's specials, papaya salad with grilled shrimp (above). It's juicy and refreshing, with bright sweet and sour flavors.
Nong, who runs this restaurant with her family, is from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. She goes there every year to bring back ingredients so that she can cook really authentic food. That's why this tiny place--hardly big enough to turn around in without bumping into someone's table--is always crowded.
Spicy B.B.Q. Thai restaurant, 5101 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. (323) 663-4211.