Thai meets Laotian at Tom Yum Koong
Traffic flows past Tom Yum Koong in a stream of steel and rubber, pouring off the nearby freeway into the concrete delta of Westminster strip malls and suburban churches. The restaurant is looked at and looked over. To some, it may look like just another neighborhood Thai restaurant: salads sluiced with lime juice and chiles, broad rice noodles snaking through puddles of soy sauce. But the kitchen maintains a distinct duality, capable in Thai and Laotian cooking. That's just one of the reasons why it's our "find" of the week. Read more: "The Find: Tom Yum Koong."
Photo: Some of the dishes on the menu at Tom Yum Koong. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times