If you are driving down Hollywood Blvd in the heart of Thai Town for the first time and you are desperately seeking good Thai food, you probably would not even think to glance at the tacky taxi-colored sign of Sapp Coffee Shop. Perhaps not one of the best marketing strategies out there (Sapp is a Thai restaurant with a full menu) however, once you taste their boat noodles, you will not miss their misleading sign ever again.
Sapp’s specialty is the Thai Boat Noodle, an out-of-control flavorfully good bowl of rice noodles, pork and beef (including the nontraditional bits), cilantro, steaming beef broth the taste of which is enhanced by beef blood,and copious, if not hazardous, amounts of Thai chili and spices that may cause one to experience some level of pain when the time comes. As for the beef blood-there are no vampirical origins in Thai cooking-this unconventional ingredient richens the meaty taste and gives it an almost gravy-like texture to the soup. Although the broth itself is spicy enough for the average person, you will occasionally see the daring individual who proceeds to add more chili and spices to their bowl-sometimes a suicidal amount. So perhaps the best way to slurp up your boat noodles without burning a hole in your stomach is by ordering a glass of Thai ice-tea so that its creaminess can balance the hot, sour, and spicy.
And all this goodness served in a generous-sized bowl comes out to only $5.50. Do not let the sign fool you. Sapp Coffee Shop translates to You’d Be A Fool If You Do Not Try The Noodles Here. For all the true foodies out there, you know well to disregard the "B" rating.
5183 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027