It Makes a Tiger Cry : Thailand’s Isaan cooking hits L.A.
By Linda Burum, Special to the Los Angeles Times.
In English, seua rong hai means “it makes a tiger cry.” The phrase is the sobriquet of a fiercely spicy dish from Isaan-Thailand’s rural northeastern region. Seua rong hai typifies the bold, pungent flavors of Isaan regional cooking, which has gone from backwater survival fare In Thiland’s poorest area to trend setting fare both in Bangkok and North America. Outside of Thailand itself, Southern California may be the only place with a collection of restaurants specializing in northeastern Thai dishes.
Isaan food is dramatically different from the palace-influenced, central-style cuisine most Americans know as Thai. [[ read more ]]