Alibi V.18 No.23 • June 4-10, 2009 
Rice paper-wrapped spring rolls are stuffed with shrimp and crisp, julienned vegetables. Sesame dipping sauce appears on the side.

Restaurant Review

Mai Thai

Just right

The green papaya salad called som tam is my preferred litmus test for judging Thai restaurants. When done right, the shredded papaya is crisp and the sauce is tangy and light, and not overpowering in terms of heat or fish sauce. When I ordered som tam the other night at May Thai the waitress asked “How hot?”

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Bite

Curious Orange

Though the term "escabeche" formally refers to pickled fish in Spanish cooking, to us Americans, it's the stuff of plastic bags. In L.A., a taco truck is generally considered remiss if they don't hand out big, glowing orbs of free escabeche—spicy carrot, pickled jalapeños and sweetly spiced white onion mingling in their combined brine, precariously pressing a baggie to its limits.

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