grilled asian pork chops (Republic, NYC)
Spring Recipes: Thai BBQ Chicken with Sweet Chili Sauce
Los Angeles is famous for its Thai food, and rightly so: we have the largest Thai population outside of Thailand, and the restaurants to match. And residents across the Southland, even those that didn’t grow up in Thai families, pride themselves on their ability to differentiate between pad thai and pad see ew and their tolerance for extreme spiciness. But we can’t forget our own culinary history: there was a time when Thai dishes were quite foreign to most Angelenos.
In 1982, Tommy Tang opened a Thai restaurant on Melrose, and brought papaya salad and Massaman curry to the hip, mainstream masses. The sweet crowd-pleasers Tang chose to indoctrinate L.A. with are now seen by some foodists as out-of-date and even, horror of horros, inauthentic. But here’s the thing: they’re delicious. Which is, as far as we’re concerned, just about the most important part of a recipe. So, in honor of the longer, sunnier evenings we’re enjoying, we invite you to dust off the grill and try this jewel of early-80s Thai cookery — you’ll love these retro flavors.
See the recipe here!
french toast with strawberries
photo by aubreyrose