Kris Yenbamroong and Hollywood's khao soi problem
So there’s this new khao soi — that would be the Chiang Mai curry soup dish — spot in Hollywood, west of Thai Town. It’s called, easily enough, Khao Soi by Inthanon Thai, and first came to light at the end of last month. Since then, food writer types have been arriving in droves.
There’s only one problem: the menu seems to have been heavily lifted from another Thailand specialist — Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market.
LA Weekly makes a strong case against the Khao Soi offshoot and their pilfering of Yenbamroong’s work, even referencing a very personal dish (called luu suk) that the Night + Market chef is no longer selling at either location, since it’s been snagged for use by this newcomer. Still, writer James Gordon can’t help but notice that the execution of those dishes (even if they are heavily filtered through someone else’s work) is mostly on point.
So … what to do when Hollywood’s new blogger-favorite Thai place turns out to be a nearly-there impression of one of the city’s foremost restaurants?
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