Sapp Coffee Shop – Thai Boat Noodles

There comes that moment when you eat something for the first time, the moment where everything just makes sense, a “moment of clarity” if you will.

I had that moment of clarity at Sapp Coffee Shop.

At this point, I might be the very last person in the food blogosphere to try Sapp, much less thai boat noodles. Hell, even Anthony Bourdain had it with Dylan of Eat, Drink & Be Merry.

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So what have I been missing out on? Joy. Happiness. Flavor bombs. Bliss. Seriously, I mentally kicked myself as I slurped down this bowl of noodles, thinking “why the f**k did I not come here sooner????”

I love Pho and I usually get the #1 or #2, because it’s the one bowl that gets all the fun parts in there: tripe, tendon, brisket, meatball, etc. But the one thing that was always missing for me was a strong, savory flavor profile. I can appreciate the light and delicate nature of good pho broth, but I always end up dropping in a dollop of hoisin and sriracha (ok, make that five dollops of sriracha) sauce into the bowl, and thereby really destroying the essence of the broth. But I LOVE a strong, savory soup.

Cue Sapp’s thai boat noodles.

It was love at first smell. It might not be a big bowl, but it packs a big punch. Sweet, salty, sour, hot, spicy, you name it, it’s in there and hitting your senses. And damn, did it smell good. Visually, it was just as complex. You have pork rinds, meat balls, tendon, beef liver, beef tripe, all bathing in a rich, dark, broth. Each spoonful, each bite was rich and unique. It was simply…fantastic.

It’s heaven in a bowl and it’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Sapp Coffee Shop

5183 Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 665-1035

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9 comments on this post.
  1. weezermonkey:

    Agree on so many points. This place rocks.

  2. djjewelz:

    Weezermonkey – I could pretty much eat this everyday. I now fully comprehend Dylan’s obsession with noodles.

  3. Wandering Chopsticks:

    You can’t compare Thai boat noodles to Vietnamese pho, totally different broths. A better comparison is with bun bo Hue since there’s blood cubes, salty shrimp paste and lemongrass broth, spiciness, pig’s feet.

  4. bagnatic:

    i must be the only person on this earth that thought the sapp boat noodles were too salty. maybe i need to go back and give it another try.

  5. djjewelz:

    Wandering Chopsticks – Fair point. I’m just referencing noodles in this case, but I will be scarfing down a BBH very soon, not that it’s an apples to apples comparison by any means.

    bagnatic – I had TBN the same day I had the Double Down. The TBN might’ve been salty, but any memory of it was wiped out by KFC.

  6. dean:

    i just drooled on my laptop…seriously.

  7. Kung Food Panda:

    Dude! I want that bowl of noodles like RIGHT NOW!

  8. eatdrinknbmerry:

    djjewelz, i haven’t been here since Bourdain – maybe once to take some friends. if i remember correctly, the soup has a sour, pungent kick still? if bourdain would come back to LA again for TBN, I might take him to Pa Ord instead. I like it for its balanced taste.

  9. nelehelen:

    dang, those nooodles are making my mouth water! great hangover cure?? lol

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