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Saladang

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Photograph: Lindsey Best
Saladang
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Photograph: Lindsey Best
Saladang
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Photograph: Lindsey Best
Saladang
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Photograph: Lindsey Best
Green curry at Saladang
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Photograph: Lindsey Best
Fried banana at Saladang

This Pasadena Thai eatery offers traditional takes on standards such as a green papaya salad prepared with dried shrimp called Papaya Pok Pok ($5.95) and green curry ($7.95), a thick, piquant sauce rounded out with coconut milk, basil, eggplant and a choice of chicken, pork, beef or mixed vegetables. The industrial-looking eatery, not to be confused with Saladang Song, its newer sister outpost next door, attracts a mix of local families and date-nighters. Start with delectable plates to share—such as pun klib ($7.95), garlicky bombs of steamed chicken dumplings—while longingly eyeing your neighbor’s sizzling beef with peanut sauce ($13.95) as it arrives on a piping-hot skillet piled high with beef atop wilted spinach and sprinkled generously with crunchy cashews. End the meal with a little dining entertainment: The fried banana ($4.95) wrapped in coconut is dipped in rum honey and set ablaze for a dessert spectacular.

Venue name: Saladang
Address: 363 S Fair Oaks Ave
Los Angeles

Venue phone: 626-793-8123
Opening hours: Daily 10am-10pm
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