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21 Tantalizing Thai Restaurants in Los Angeles

Pad Thai, sour sausages, and boat noodle soup

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With its rich culinary traditions and hyper-regional fare, Thailand is home to some of the most delightful and crave-worthy (to say nothing of spicy) foods on the planet. LA’s tremendous Thai population means that Angelenos are never more than a stone’s throw from excellent renditions of pad Thai, sour sausages, and boat noodle soup — or from more modern representations of the cuisine, like the party atmosphere found at Night Market’s original West Hollywood location. From Thai Town to the Valley and beyond, here now are 21 searingly good Thai options around Los Angeles.

Add: Same Same, Tantawan Thai Kitchen Rosemead, Tasty Food to Go Long Beach, Tuk Tuk Thai Sawtelle, Noree Thai, Holy Basil

Remove: Siam Sunset, Otus Thai Kitchen, Emporium Thai, Sticky Rice, Luv2eat Thai Bistro

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lum-Ka-Naad

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8910 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 882-3028
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Valley denizens don’t need to drive to Thai Town for extraordinary fare thanks to Lum Ka Naad. The Northern and Southern Thai specialties served here don’t mess around when it comes to spice, but diners inevitably find themselves coming back for more.

2. Sri Siam Cafe

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12843 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-6262
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One wouldn’t expect one of the city’s best Thai restaurants to be located off Vanowen all the way up in North Hollywood, but that’s exactly what locals find at Sri Siam. With a menu that ranges from khao soi to crispy trout, it’s no wonder it has been a local go-to for over 30 years.

3. Anajak Thai Cuisine

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14704 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 501-4201
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Four-decade-old Anajak Thai is more than just a family affair; during the pandemic, it has become a staple dining destination for fans in the Valley and all across Los Angeles. Young co-owner Justin Pichetrungsi works the back alley like a private party with lots of fun collaborations with other restaurants, making Anajak a destination spot for any Angeleno.

For anything (and yes, that includes tacos) at one of LA’s best Thai restaurants: Anajak Thai.
A plate from Anajak during the pandemic.
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4. Daisy Mint

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1218 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 792-2999
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Long time San Gabriel Valley Thai fans know to make for Daisy Mint on Colorado Boulevard. While the funky space, with its hand-written menu notes on the walls, isn’t offering dine-in service at the moment, eager eaters can still swing through to pick up everything from papaya salads and khao soi to robust noodle soups and even desserts.

5. Sapp Coffee Shop

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5183 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-1035
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Sapp is famous for its spinach-tinted jade noodles and Sukhothai noodle soup, but one would be hard-pressed to find a dud on the menu. From egg noodles to krapow to an intensely fragrant boat noodle, everything is fair game at this Hollywood staple that has won the hearts of Jonathan Gold and Anthony Bourdain.

A wooden table filled with Thai dishes, including boat noodle soup.
Sapp Coffee Shop
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6. Ruen Pair

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5257 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 466-0153
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What is it that makes Ruen Pair so great? Many of its dishes aren’t one-of-a-kind standouts, and most Thai expats wouldn’t exactly call it the most authentic Thai experience they’ve ever encountered. Perhaps, then, it’s the fact that its turnip omelette marries just the right hint of sweetness with savory in a way that makes it required ordering, or how the fragrant star anise and cinnamon-powered steam from a bowl of boat noodles naturally elicits a Pavlovian response.

7. Jitlada Restaurant

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5233 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-9809
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Southern Thai seafood is the star here. In order to navigate their menu of biblical proportions, avoid the treacherous dynamite spicy challenge and order one of Jitlada’s crab curries and the fried morning glory salad. 

8. Pa Ord Noodle

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5301 Sunset Blvd #8
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 461-3945
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There appears to be at least three restaurants with the name Pa Ord Noodles, and not all of them are created equal. This particular location tucked away in the corner of a strip mall off Sunset has some of the best boat noodles in the business. Diners can choose between thin or flat rice noodles, egg noodles, or glass noodles and steep them in an array of soup bases and toppings.

9. Northern Thai Food Club

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5301 Sunset Blvd #11
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 474-7212

No essential Thai food list in Los Angeles could exclude critical darling Northern Thai Food Club. That crumbly sai oua (Thai pork sausage) pulls no punches with the heat, and the khao soi is as good as one can find in the city.

For stellar Thai dishes in the Griffith Park shade: Northern Thai Food Club.
Takeout dishes from Northern Thai Food Club.
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10. Night + Market Weho

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9043 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-9724
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The West Hollywood location of Night + Market is the one that started it all, launching Kris Yenbamroong’s career, spawning a cookbook, two other restaurants, and countless conversations about what a Thai restaurant should look like, taste like, and cost in LA.  Be sure to add some natural wine to your next order, too.

11. Same Same Thai

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2835 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 273-8424
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Same Same is Silver Lake’s home for wine, Thai basics, and a killer vibe. The reborn strip mall hotspot has found new life thanks to a younger generation of hip customers that still swing through for some seriously satisfying food.

Same Same Is Silver Lake’s New Wine Bar and Thai Takeout Mashup
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Wonho Frank Lee

12. Noree Thai on Beverly

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7669 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-3100
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Noree Thai feels just perfect for this stretch of Beverly. The restaurant is a little more subdued, a touch more upscale, and no less delicious than its competition further east, offering Grove-adjacent diners the chance to relax and enjoy food from chefs Pla and Fern, two of LA’s best.

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Chicken from Noree Thai.
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13. Chao Krung Thai Restaurant

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2110, 111 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-8361
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This recently remodeled beauty of a restaurant down the street from Canter’s and Supreme on Fairfax runs a bit more expensive than the typical take-out joint. The pricing isn’t for naught; the execution on key proteins like snappy Isaan sausage, thoroughly marinated gai yang, and moo ping are all top-notch.

Plump sausages in a bowl with chilies, lime, and cabbage.
Chao Krung Thai Restaurant
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14. Tantawan Thai Kitchen

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9000 Garvey Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 288-1527
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Every neighborhood deserves a staple Thai restaurant, and Rosemead has just that in Tantawan Thai Kitchen. The Garvey Avenue option is home to classics like pad kana moo krob, satays, and seafood stews and curries.

15. Tuk Tuk Thai

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1638 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 860-1872
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This former Pico Boulevard staple has been reborn after 23 years, landing a new (and very updated) location on Sawtelle. Sisters Katy Noochlaor and Amanda Kuntee are running the show, turning out vibrant Thai dishes across a broad spectrum, so expect everything from noodles and papaya salad to a portion of the menu devoted entirely to pork belly.

Dishes from Tuk Tuk Thai in West LA/Sawtelle Japantown with satay and rice noodle dishes.
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16. Holy Basil DTLA

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718 S Los Angeles St space A
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 559-4994
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Downtown LA hasn’t had a splashy new Thai restaurant in years but Holy Basil is here to bring the heat from chef Wedchayan “Deau” Arpapornnopparat and Tongkamal “Joy” Yuon. Holy Basil’s green curry is one of the stand’s signature dishes while the dry-aged salmon is something rarely seen in Thai menus. At the moment the menu is fairly tight, but fried noodles, tom yum soup, and gra pow moo krob — fried pork belly over long beans. Also great for delivery in Downtown.

Holy Basil in Downtown LA stall with neon sign and menu board.
Holy Basil in Downtown Los Angeles.
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17. Ayara Thai Cuisine

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6245 W 87th St
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 410-8848
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The Asapahu family is back in business in their Westchester digs and playing the hits. The extensive menu is plenty solid, and its faithful Westchester clientele appreciates an experienced kitchen that’s quick to accommodate various dietary requests.

18. Renu Nakorn

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13019 Rosecrans Ave Ste 105
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 921-2124
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This just-off-the-5 Norwalk restaurant specializes in Northern Thai delicacies, but doesn’t skimp on all the more broadly familiar stuff, either. Stop by for a great version of nam kao tod crispy rice with plenty of pork sausage.

19. Bowl Thai

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15490 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90249
(310) 323-8882
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It’s hard to imagine fast casual Thai food being done any better than at Bowl Thai, the Gardena staple spot known for extra-spicy soups, traditional noodle dishes, and a killer mango sticky rice for dessert.

20. Panvimarn Thai Cuisine

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4101 N Bellflower Blvd suite b & c
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 425-2601
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Panvimarn Thai Cuisine has been Long Beach’s home for Thai specialities for the past 11 years. In better days the bustling restaurant plays home to big groups and a lively bar scene, but it’s still possible to score a spicy and fried soft shell crab salad, lots of grilled meats, and one beguilingly spicy sautéed eggplant.

21. Tasty Food To Go - Thai & Lao

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2015 E 10th St
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 599-9756
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This cash-only Long Beach option is a great stop for both Thai and Lao food, offering a mixed menu that moves from starters like fried chicken to noodle and rice dishes and on into Lao larb and chicken mint leaf.

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1. Lum-Ka-Naad

8910 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

Valley denizens don’t need to drive to Thai Town for extraordinary fare thanks to Lum Ka Naad. The Northern and Southern Thai specialties served here don’t mess around when it comes to spice, but diners inevitably find themselves coming back for more.

8910 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324

2. Sri Siam Cafe

12843 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91605

One wouldn’t expect one of the city’s best Thai restaurants to be located off Vanowen all the way up in North Hollywood, but that’s exactly what locals find at Sri Siam. With a menu that ranges from khao soi to crispy trout, it’s no wonder it has been a local go-to for over 30 years.

12843 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605

3. Anajak Thai Cuisine

14704 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
For anything (and yes, that includes tacos) at one of LA’s best Thai restaurants: Anajak Thai.
A plate from Anajak during the pandemic.
Farley Elliott

Four-decade-old Anajak Thai is more than just a family affair; during the pandemic, it has become a staple dining destination for fans in the Valley and all across Los Angeles. Young co-owner Justin Pichetrungsi works the back alley like a private party with lots of fun collaborations with other restaurants, making Anajak a destination spot for any Angeleno.

14704 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

4. Daisy Mint

1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

Long time San Gabriel Valley Thai fans know to make for Daisy Mint on Colorado Boulevard. While the funky space, with its hand-written menu notes on the walls, isn’t offering dine-in service at the moment, eager eaters can still swing through to pick up everything from papaya salads and khao soi to robust noodle soups and even desserts.

1218 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106

5. Sapp Coffee Shop

5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
A wooden table filled with Thai dishes, including boat noodle soup.
Sapp Coffee Shop
Euno Lee

Sapp is famous for its spinach-tinted jade noodles and Sukhothai noodle soup, but one would be hard-pressed to find a dud on the menu. From egg noodles to krapow to an intensely fragrant boat noodle, everything is fair game at this Hollywood staple that has won the hearts of Jonathan Gold and Anthony Bourdain.

5183 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

6. Ruen Pair

5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

What is it that makes Ruen Pair so great? Many of its dishes aren’t one-of-a-kind standouts, and most Thai expats wouldn’t exactly call it the most authentic Thai experience they’ve ever encountered. Perhaps, then, it’s the fact that its turnip omelette marries just the right hint of sweetness with savory in a way that makes it required ordering, or how the fragrant star anise and cinnamon-powered steam from a bowl of boat noodles naturally elicits a Pavlovian response.

5257 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

7. Jitlada Restaurant

5233 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Southern Thai seafood is the star here. In order to navigate their menu of biblical proportions, avoid the treacherous dynamite spicy challenge and order one of Jitlada’s crab curries and the fried morning glory salad. 

5233 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

8. Pa Ord Noodle

5301 Sunset Blvd #8, Los Angeles, CA 90027

There appears to be at least three restaurants with the name Pa Ord Noodles, and not all of them are created equal. This particular location tucked away in the corner of a strip mall off Sunset has some of the best boat noodles in the business. Diners can choose between thin or flat rice noodles, egg noodles, or glass noodles and steep them in an array of soup bases and toppings.

5301 Sunset Blvd #8
Los Angeles, CA 90027

9. Northern Thai Food Club

5301 Sunset Blvd #11, Los Angeles, CA 90027
For stellar Thai dishes in the Griffith Park shade: Northern Thai Food Club.
Takeout dishes from Northern Thai Food Club.
Matthew Kang

No essential Thai food list in Los Angeles could exclude critical darling Northern Thai Food Club. That crumbly sai oua (Thai pork sausage) pulls no punches with the heat, and the khao soi is as good as one can find in the city.

5301 Sunset Blvd #11
Los Angeles, CA 90027

10. Night + Market Weho

9043 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The West Hollywood location of Night + Market is the one that started it all, launching Kris Yenbamroong’s career, spawning a cookbook, two other restaurants, and countless conversations about what a Thai restaurant should look like, taste like, and cost in LA.  Be sure to add some natural wine to your next order, too.

9043 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

11. Same Same Thai

2835 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Same Same Is Silver Lake’s New Wine Bar and Thai Takeout Mashup
Outside Same Same
Wonho Frank Lee

Same Same is Silver Lake’s home for wine, Thai basics, and a killer vibe. The reborn strip mall hotspot has found new life thanks to a younger generation of hip customers that still swing through for some seriously satisfying food.

2835 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

12. Noree Thai on Beverly

7669 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Noree Thai
Chicken from Noree Thai.
Wonho Frank Lee

Noree Thai feels just perfect for this stretch of Beverly. The restaurant is a little more subdued, a touch more upscale, and no less delicious than its competition further east, offering Grove-adjacent diners the chance to relax and enjoy food from chefs Pla and Fern, two of LA’s best.

7669 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

13. Chao Krung Thai Restaurant

2110, 111 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Plump sausages in a bowl with chilies, lime, and cabbage.
Chao Krung Thai Restaurant
Wonho Frank Lee

This recently remodeled beauty of a restaurant down the street from Canter’s and Supreme on Fairfax runs a bit more expensive than the typical take-out joint. The pricing isn’t for naught; the execution on key proteins like snappy Isaan sausage, thoroughly marinated gai yang, and moo ping are all top-notch.

2110, 111 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

14. Tantawan Thai Kitchen

9000 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

Every neighborhood deserves a staple Thai restaurant, and Rosemead has just that in Tantawan Thai Kitchen. The Garvey Avenue option is home to classics like pad kana moo krob, satays, and seafood stews and curries.

9000 Garvey Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770

15. Tuk Tuk Thai

1638 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dishes from Tuk Tuk Thai in West LA/Sawtelle Japantown with satay and rice noodle dishes.
Tuk Tuk Thai
Tuk Tuk Thai

This former Pico Boulevard staple has been reborn after 23 years, landing a new (and very updated) location on Sawtelle. Sisters Katy Noochlaor and Amanda Kuntee are running the show, turning out vibrant Thai dishes across a broad spectrum, so expect everything from noodles and papaya salad to a portion of the menu devoted entirely to pork belly.

1638 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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16. Holy Basil DTLA

718 S Los Angeles St space A, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Holy Basil in Downtown LA stall with neon sign and menu board.
Holy Basil in Downtown Los Angeles.
Holy Basil

Downtown LA hasn’t had a splashy new Thai restaurant in years but Holy Basil is here to bring the heat from chef Wedchayan “Deau” Arpapornnopparat and Tongkamal “Joy” Yuon. Holy Basil’s green curry is one of the stand’s signature dishes while the dry-aged salmon is something rarely seen in Thai menus. At the moment the menu is fairly tight, but fried noodles, tom yum soup, and gra pow moo krob — fried pork belly over long beans. Also great for delivery in Downtown.

718 S Los Angeles St space A
Los Angeles, CA 90014

17. Ayara Thai Cuisine

6245 W 87th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045

The Asapahu family is back in business in their Westchester digs and playing the hits. The extensive menu is plenty solid, and its faithful Westchester clientele appreciates an experienced kitchen that’s quick to accommodate various dietary requests.

6245 W 87th St
Los Angeles, CA 90045

18. Renu Nakorn

13019 Rosecrans Ave Ste 105, Norwalk, CA 90650

This just-off-the-5 Norwalk restaurant specializes in Northern Thai delicacies, but doesn’t skimp on all the more broadly familiar stuff, either. Stop by for a great version of nam kao tod crispy rice with plenty of pork sausage.

13019 Rosecrans Ave Ste 105
Norwalk, CA 90650

19. Bowl Thai

15490 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249

It’s hard to imagine fast casual Thai food being done any better than at Bowl Thai, the Gardena staple spot known for extra-spicy soups, traditional noodle dishes, and a killer mango sticky rice for dessert.

15490 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90249

20. Panvimarn Thai Cuisine

4101 N Bellflower Blvd suite b & c, Long Beach, CA 90808

Panvimarn Thai Cuisine has been Long Beach’s home for Thai specialities for the past 11 years. In better days the bustling restaurant plays home to big groups and a lively bar scene, but it’s still possible to score a spicy and fried soft shell crab salad, lots of grilled meats, and one beguilingly spicy sautéed eggplant.

4101 N Bellflower Blvd suite b & c
Long Beach, CA 90808

21. Tasty Food To Go - Thai & Lao

2015 E 10th St, Long Beach, CA 90804

This cash-only Long Beach option is a great stop for both Thai and Lao food, offering a mixed menu that moves from starters like fried chicken to noodle and rice dishes and on into Lao larb and chicken mint leaf.

2015 E 10th St
Long Beach, CA 90804

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