My friend and I walked a few blocks after Dine LA at The Hungry Cat (review here) to pay this dessert shop a visit, a gem I found on Yelp. Called “Baan Kanom Thai,” literally “House of Thai Sweets” (I know this much from my one quarter of Thai 1), it’s embedded in a typical Socal plaza, wedged in between a string of Thai businesses.
Their name to fame are these so-called “crispy pancakes” (khanom bueang, ขนมเบื้อง), a typical street snack found readily throughout Thailand (and also Burma, where they’re called khauk mont). They’re bite-sized and thin wafer-like confections, filled with coconut cream, shredded coconut and some strips of egg yolk. After being cooked, they’re folded into twos, like hard shell tacos. They’re sort of pricey (~$5 for 12 pieces), but boy are they delicious. They had an appetizing jasmine aroma to them too.
We also tried their grilled banana cake, made of sticky rice, filled in with some mushed bananas, and grilled in some banana leaves. It was pleasantly textured and the individual rice grains couldn’t even be discerned.
The shop sells a variety of other desserts, ice cream, cookies and more. I also bought a box of Durian toffees on another trip there. They make pretty good snacks.
Address: 5271 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027 | Yelp