I was introduced this place with my Thai friend, so I had pretty high expectations. She said that the stewed pork leg here tastes just like home – which got me really excited because I love pork leg. Anyway, Da Nang Krungthep (I’ll just call it Da Nang for short) is located at the intersection of San Pablo Ave. and Solano Ave., pretty close to Ranch 99. I really like that you can park in the small lot right next to the restaurant, as finding street parking is no trivial task.
Also, a side note: even though the restaurant serves both Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, my friend says that the Thai is the authentic stuff, because the restaurant owners and chef are Thai. Their Vietnamese food could be good, but we did not bother to try it.
When S. came to visit, I took him here because there are few good Thai restaurants in San Diego. I ordered the Kha Moo (pork leg) over rice, of course. S. got the red curry.
The curry was pretty good, although I don’t remember it being particularly special. I also forgot to take note of the exact price, but it was around $9.
Now this was good. First of all, the leg was de-boned, which is really nice. There was plenty of fat and skin, and the flavoring was spot-on. It actually tasted a lot like the red-braise (紅燒) flavoring in Chinese cuisine – one of my favorites. S. also really liked this dish and kept stealing from me… (To be fair, I also had quite a bit of the curry… hehe.)
To sum it up, this has become my personal favorite Thai restaurant so far. I’ve tried a couple of other dishes here from another time, and everything from the papaya salad appetizer to pad see ew has been pretty delicious. Check it out sometime and let me know what you think!