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Crab curry is just one of the more uncommon specialties at Emporium Thai  Cuisine

Crab curry is just one of the more uncommon specialties at Emporium Thai Cuisine

Located in Westwood, Emporium Thai Cuisine asserts its originality by specializing in southern Thai fare. You will find items not typically found at other Thai restaurants in the LA area. It does however share many similar specialties with the well know Jitlada restaurant and this is no coincidence. Founder of Emporium Thai Cuisine, John Sungkamee’s two siblings own Jitlada and many of the shared recipes were taught to them decades ago by their mother.

I love the depth and complexity of the spices used in the dishes and you won’t find the homemade chile sauces anywhere else in southern California. This is definitely a place to step out of your comfort zone and order something other than Pad Thai. Items not to be missed: Crying Tiger Beef, Coco Mango Salad with Fried Tofu, Pad Prik King with Crispy Pork, and Spicy Mussel Soup. If you have the opportunity to chat with the owner, do so. John will warmly welcome you into Sungkamee the family.

Crying Tiger Beef soooo good!

Crying Tiger Beef soooo good!

Pad Prik King is served with fried tofu or or crispy pork belly.

Pad Prik King is served with fried tofu or or crispy pork belly.

Khao Yam is a southern Thai rice salad with grated coconut and dried shrimp.

Khao Yam is a southern Thai rice salad with grated coconut and dried shrimp.

Coco Mango Salad with fried tofu

Coco Mango Salad with fried tofu

Astoundingly gracious host and owner John Sungkamee and me.

Astoundingly gracious host and owner John Sungkamee and me.