Food Porn Friday | Night + Market Thai Street Food | West Hollywood

Friday, November 21, 2014


I don’t typically traverse all the way to West Hollywood for some down-home comfort Thai Food but when Eater LA tells me Night + Market is quickly becoming one of the best new restaurants in town, you can bet your bottom dollar that’s exactly where I’m headed.


Located in the heart of Sunset Strip amidst the chaotic mess that is Los Angeles street traffic and never-ending construction, you can find Night +Market amongst a row of trendy eateries with a shared entry to Talésai, both spaces owned and operated by the same family. Night + Market is really a pop-up shop gone viral (read more about it HERE) and while the story of its humble beginnings have me completely inspired, the food, on the other hand, doesn’t live up to the hype.

Peep out the menu below:

Fried Pig Tail: N+M’s claim-to-fame. Sticky-icky deep fried pig’s tail in a sweet, slightly sour, and pungent fish sauce. Easily my fave thing on the menu. The fried skin has been smothered in the sauce, leaving trails of ooey gooey goodness dripping with every juicy bite. Half fat/ half gelatinous cartilage, just the plate pork dreams are made of! (Picture above)


Sai Uah/ Chiengrai Herb Sausage: Homemade pork sausage with nan prik noom and cucumber relish. Thai drinking food is not complete without homemade sausage. Herby, spicy, and fatty in all the right places, I wished this were a little more char-grilled to bring out the smoky flavors of the skin. Just ok, I’ve had better at our local Vientiane but this sausage was recommended by the server over their sour sausage variety.


Som Tum: Green papaya salad with palm sugar, peanuts, lime juice, bird eye. Totally tastes like it looks: BLAND! I was almost tempted to tell the waitress they forgot the sauce! But as you can see, it’s swimming in a layer of under-seasoned dressing. But good if you’re simply craving a bit of crunch and not much flavor, lol.

Nam Khao Tod/ Crispy rice salad: You know how every Asian party serves up some rendition of fried rice? Well, this is the Thai/Laos version of that staple dish. Deep fried rice kernels dressed in light, sweet and sour vinaigrette with tons of peanuts, onions, and cilantro for a zesty bite. If you’ve never had this dish, you’re missing out!

Panang en neua with beef tendon panang w/ roti: Just like Vietnamese bo kho without the French bread to dip. VERY heavy and way too oily to enjoy without veggies or something light and fresh to temper the richness. Pass!


Pad Thai: market version with sweet radish, tofu, crushed peanuts, and chile powder. Just eh. Nothing special.


Khao Soi Haw: with mae sai curry noodles with braised hanger steak and beef tendon- topped with pickled mustard greens, bean sprouts, red onion, cilantro, chile oil and crispy noodles. This dish is more of a stew than it is a soup. Meant to be eaten tapas style since the broth is so rich. I appreciate the originality but I thought it was wayyy too heavy since most of the other menu items were light and bright.

Mango and sticky rice: The coconut milk seemed to have been diluted in water it was so runny and had the consistency of 2% milk. Such a bummer too since this dessert is easily a standard order whenever I dine at Thai joints. Pass :(

Night + Market
9041 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-9724

*Insider’s tip:
Very casual joint with locals lining up during dinner time every day. But they have a bar inside and $20 corkage fee so brown bag it while you wait. You can find a mish mash of diners from your Hollywood hipster types to industry execs dishing over their latest production. Completely unpretentious spot with bright orange walls, industrial wood tables, and white string lights framing the windows looking out towards Sunset. You feel more like you’re over at your cuzzie’s house than a high-profile restaurant everyone’s talking up these days. My thoughts? C+/ B- but you know what? Best if you just see for yourself. Seems I'm the hater these days, lol. But I swear I'm not! I just eat sooooooo much Thai food I know the difference between craveable and not. This? Notsomuch.*

It's Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday y'all!!!!

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Bon Appétit mes amis!

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18 comments

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  3. Wow, looks this yummy, thanks for sharing <3
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  4. Oh what a letdown! I find when something has a lot of buzz or hype surrounding it, my expectations are so much higher. Then I wind up disappointed when everything is just okay. I'm glad you were able to give this a try though!
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  5. Thai is the best! I don't eat a lot of it so I'll probably think it higher than a B-, lol. Bookmarked for when I eventually make it to the West Coast!

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  6. Yummy i love the food thai, really delicious.

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  7. aha! I love my hometown food so much! And now i miss good thai food so bad!

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  8. Awww, that's too bad that so many of the dishes were bland or ehh...! The fried pig's tail and the beef tendon stew looked and sounded great though! The salad looks like there's no dressing! A real good som tam would be looking a bit colored and soggy from the tasty dressing! Otherwise I freaking love love thai food, I totally need to visit another city in thailand for holiday soon!

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  9. Wow! This looks delicious. I'll have you over to make me some! hehe.

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  11. I'm sorry it didn't live up to your expectations. I'm a huge fan of thai food and I know I would be disappointed if it was just OK.

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  12. I looove mango sticky rice. I'm so sorry it wasn't delicious! x E

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  13. OMG thanks for making me damn hungry! looks so delicious

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  14. Looks so yummy!

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  15. That papaya salad rocks!!! Drooooolin!! I love the mango!
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