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Isaan Station Cooks Up Thai Street Food in Koreatown

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

In a freshly constructed retail strip along the northern stretch of Western Avenue in Koreatown, opposite the existing Paris Baguette, Tturak, and Boba Time, a new restaurant called Isaan Station is doing Thai street food that might be considered an anomaly in this part of town. The expansive menu has some favorites such as green papaya salad (with blue crab), both pork and chicken larb, a variety of Thai noodle salads, and some deep-fried things like marinaded beef sirloin and deep fried sausages.

Opened quietly last week, the space has colorful vintage chairs, mini-boomboxes hanging on the wall, and sparse artwork. The promising dishes might not have some of the chef-cache of West Hollywood's Night + Market, but the casual environment and Thai Town-prices makes it a viable late night option in K-town. Open from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
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