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Location

1721 W La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801, USA
phone: +1 714-999-0563

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Business info

Takes Reservations: No

Delivery: No

Take-out: Yes

Accepts Credit Cards: No

Accepts Apple Pay: No

Accepts Android Pay: No

Good For: Lunch, Dinner

Parking: Private Lot

Bike Parking: No

Good for Kids: Yes

Good for Groups: Yes

Attire: Casual

Ambience: Casual

Noise Level: Average

Alcohol: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Wi-Fi: No

Has TV: Yes

Waiter Service: Yes

Caters: Yes

Gender Neutral Restrooms: Yes

Last reviews

Author: Jennie Dinh

Just go here. But bring your cash. Real authentic Thai/Laotian cuisine. A good way to tell if a place is authentic is to see who else eats there. This place was busy with local families and older couples when I went for a late lunch on Saturday, so I knew it was going to be good. This restaurant is in a tiny strip plaza attached to it's storefront, so if you can't find any parking in the front, head behind the building and you will find plenty of parking. This is essentially a hole in the wall place, so scrub out all you want while you nurse your hangover. If this is your situation, I recommend any of their noodle dishes. The most popular one is their Boat Noodles. Hearty beef broth, rice noodles, and beef meatballs. The Duck Noodle Soup is also hearty and delicious, with the broth having a little more tanginess. If you're a spice thrill-seeker, try their Tom Yum Soup. Made fresh to order and full of shrimp and vegetables, you'll be sweating out last night's shenanigans no problem. Into steak? Order their Crying Tiger Steak. Super tender, chargrilled, and plated with a smokey chili oil dipping sauce. The chef/s are amazing here, so you really can't lose with anything on the menu. Oh, and don't forget the Thai tea :)

Author: David Allman

Very good food, lunch combo meals good and inexpensive. Like their soups and love Crispy Rice Toss Salad. It is a hole in the wall, nothing to look at.

Author: Felix Lee

Without Yelp and word of mouth, how many people would have walked into this building in Anaheim without an English sign and expected to find the best Thai and Lao food in town? Definitely not me.

This place is somewhat of a hole in the wall. When approaching this restaurant, look for bright green squigly Thai characters on the window. There are two options when you step in, pick from the steam table with over a dozen options, or sit down and select made-to-order Thai rice, salad, or noodle dishes from the menu.

This place is somewhat of a hole in the wall. When approaching this restaurant, look for bright green squigly Thai characters on the window. There are two options when you step in, pick from the steam table with over a dozen options, or sit down and select made-to-order Thai rice, salad, or noodle dishes from the menu.

Pla Duk Sod Pad Ped - I am a seafood fan so I ordered a serving of catfish cooked in red curry paste. Although the fish was complemented with almost the same ingredients as the green curry, the red curry paste was much more mild compared to the green curry. This catfish dish yielded a large collection of bones and was a little too dry in my opinion, I thought that it could use more sauce to enhance flavor.

Gaeng Naw Mai - When a grandma brings out a fresh pot of homemade Laotian soup, makes eye contact, and winks, I knew I had to try it, despite warnings from the server about how exotic the soup would be. I've had sour Thai soup before from Isaan Station and LaCha Somtum, but turns out none were as explosively pungent as the preserved bamboo shoot soup from E-San. The soup itself was significantly more briny and fishy than spicy, and I could taste some flavors of pepper (enough to make you cough) and fermented fish sauce (enough to make your lips pucker). The bamboo shoots were a little bitter, but the baby corn and black mushroom toppings were manageable for my Chinese palate. This soup is definitely an acquired taste for people not familiar with Laotian cuisine, and not for the faint of heart.

Rod-Sap is definitely a hidden gem in Anaheim for authentic Thai and Lao food. Customers can order as basic as Tom Yum Goong and Pad Thai, or for the more open-minded eaters, go for the authentic Lao house specialties listed on the chalkboard. The prices are very reasonable, most items cost $7 and under and a 3 item combo from the steam table is only $6.50. I can't wait to try the Isaan and Laotian dishes cooked by a grandma the next time I return.

Some Yelp reviews

Read Valentina T.'s review of E-San Rod-Sap on Yelp
Read Daniel A.'s review of E-San Rod-Sap on Yelp
Read Michelle W.'s review of E-San Rod-Sap on Yelp
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