Well, a surprise source of disappointment coming from a reliable (to us) restaurant.
Our first choice, Estrellita’s is a no-show at the farmer’s market. I asked the Market Info stand and they said that the senora comes on Wednesdays. I guess its not a big surprise since the market wasn’t exactly hopping on Sunday.
So we decided to walk up Larkin since the museum is on Larkin. Since kid requested noodle, noodle it was. First choice- Hai Ky Mi Gia. Closed for New Year. Ha Nam Ninh across the street, same. Since the wife hadn’t been to Lers Ros for a while, Lers Ros it was. (BTW, Turtle Tower and Pak Nam were open for anyone looking to go).
We got the 53 Kao Kha Moo, 74 Kao Lao Ean Toon, 67 Kuay Tiew Kai. 53, the five spice pork leg tasted literally watered down today. The pork leg felt like it was cooked in water and then dunked into a pretty dilute five spice sauce. The pickled vegetable felt like it was not salty as it should be.
74 This was the meat ball dark soup noodle that I was quite fond of. Today’s version was fine. The soup was very mildly hot. The noodle was generous with sliced beef and meat ball. But the whole noodle felt ‘safe’, with little of the bold flavoring not held back for Western palates. The five spice pork leg felt ‘safe’ too.
The chicken noodle soup was for the kids, and I don’t think that dish was supposed to be great so no issue here.
How are people’s recent experience with Lers Ros? Did they tone it down for us or did I miss the memo that something changed in the kitchen?