After reading a post from Delicious Coma about the newly opened Wat Dong Moon Lek in my neighborhood, I had an incredible craving for some Thai noodle soup. The restaurant is closer to my house than my usual haunts in Thai town, so it was the perfect place to go for a workday lunch.
The rambutan and shrimp salad was a refreshing dish that’s new to me. The tropical sweetness of the rambutan fruit echoed the fresh sweetness of the shrimp. Each shrimp was cooked perfectly, still tender and delicate inside. The thinly sliced onions also added a nice pungent kick to the salad.
As my main, I ordered their namesake noodles with beef. Like other Thai noodle places, the bowls come in two sizes: small and regular. The small size was perfect after polishing off the shrimp salad by myself. The broth was clearer than that of Thai boat noodles, but stronger in flavor than the delicate beefiness of pho broth. Its flavor reminded me a bit of beef bouillon, so maybe they put some of that in there as well as the usual Thai seasonings like lemongrass. I did spot some boxes of pho bouillon on some shelves in the kitchen.
An added bonus to Wat Dong Moon Lek is that they have a decent selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes, which means the BF’s more likely to come here with me. My second time here, we ordered the dish of fried taro cakes, which were crunchy on the outside but soft and savory on the inside. These were really good, but the sweet and sour sauce it came with tasted like it came straight out of a bottle.
Wat Dong Moon Lek may not be Sapp Coffee Shop, but it serves decent Thai food in a pinch, is close to my house, and parking doesn’t seem to be an issue. Those points alone mean I’ll probably be making return visits when I get the craving for Thai but don’t want to drive to Thai town.
Wat Dong Moon Lek
4356 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029