I’m from the LBC, but it’s completely different now. A lot has changed since I left almost 20 years ago. I remember sand dunes. An airport so small that you could get to your flight 5 minutes before take off. Back then, thugs were the kids that stole your bike but later returned it because their moms made them give it back. Ahhhh! Those were the days… Each time someone finds out I’m from Long Beach, California, they always ask me if I have been to this restaurant or that restaurant. I was working in LA recently and decided to stop at Aura Thai. It’s a few blocks away from my childhood home in beautiful Bixby Knolls.
Aura Thai is located on the corner of Atlantic and Carson. It’s in a small strip mall across from the Trader Joe’s. Back in the day, I think there was a gas station on that corner. The area was full of closed down shops and only one or two restaurants. Now, there are tons of places to eat, movies in the park, and an open air market. Why do all the cool things happen after I leave?
Aura Thai has a great lunch special menu. This is yellow curry. If you eat Thai food, you know that they grade spiciness levels from 1-10. 1 being the mildest, and 10 is the spiciest. I usually order a spiciness level of 6. Sometimes, I’ll do 7 or 8, then regret it moments later. I’ve learned to keep it down. That way, I can savor the spices and the richness of the broth. The vegetables are more pleasant to eat that way too. These veggies had a good texture to them – firm but not overly cooked. Definitely worth ordering again. It’s served with a lightly dressed salad and white rice.
Prik King. I was introduced to this Thai dish many years ago. It’s one of my go-tos whenever I visit a Thai restaurant. It’s made of thin slices of beef and green beans mixed with a chili paste. If you’re not into cow, you can order it with seafood, pork, or chicken. I’m sorry to say that I’ve had better. The green beans are usually crispy, and these were not. This is a fried dish, and it tasted like it was stewed. Highly disappointed, but I really liked the kaffir lime. It always gives it that freshness that I love in Thai dishes.
Don’t let my comments on the Prik King deter you. I would totally go back. I saw mango sticky rice on their menu, and I have to go back just to try that. They even have free delivery for orders over $20 for locals… 20 years too late.
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