Well Ruen Pair is finally out on the town after months of restaurant augmentation. I think Thai towners are grateful to see their favorite Thai Town joint up and running again. Ruen Pair is a part of Thai Town's Big and Clean. Big and Clean restaurants include Palms Thai, Red Corner Asia, Thai Patio, and Ruen Pair, well for now. I'm not a big fan of Big & Clean restaurants. I actually prefer my Southeast Asian eats with sticky bland tables and B or below ratings maybe some creepy crawlers hiding in the back. But I'm not gonna sticky table hate today. *Note to Jeni: You are a foodblogger not a sticky table blogger. Focus on the food.
Ok...so where were we? Oh...Ruen Pair...it's damn good.
My Thai Town partner in crime ordered his usual, pork jerky and khowniew (sticky rice). So good. Definitely better than what we've had at Yai and Sapp Coffee Shop.
I ordered my usual Thai Town fare...bbq duck noodles. I think we made the mistake of ordering a different mi (egg) noodle dish, so my bowl also came with shrimp and char siu. It didn't matter, because the duck wasn't all that. Neither was the char siu or the shrimp. The only thing saving this dish was the mi noodles....cooked with precious attention and seasoned with just the right amount of duck broth.
D has been tired of his boat noodles for a while. Instead, the Noodle Whore has been craving Rad Na, a warm and soothing dish with flat rice noodles and gravy. It's a bit too heavy for me, but D managed to scarf the entire thing down in seconds. According to D, Ruen Pair makes the best Rad Na.
It was a quiet Thursday night at Ruen Pair. Maybe their longtime customers weren't aware of it's re-opening. Maybe they were lured away during the reconstruction. Hmm...neighbors Red Corner Asia and Thai Patio were busy that night. In Thai Town, food matters...but I guess obnoxious lights do too.
Fried morning-glory stems.
5257 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027