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.
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