Allow me to introduce you to my new obsession: Mango Sticky Rice (and you thought it was candle bearing bald guys, huh).
What do two tall lady friends do after eating cookies all afternoon? They go to Nakkara and eat more sweets by way of mango sticky rice. Because Diana of Diana Takes a Bite, measuring in at 5'11" and myself a six footer, wanted to eat something on the lighter side. In other words, x-nay on the lamb chops and bacon wrapped dates we'd both consumed the night before, as I could hear my dear arteries chanting We're not worthy in the background, and this time they really meant it. I tried my best at persuading D Takes a B to hit up the B rated Pailin Thai on grungy Hollywood as she did her best to sway me over to the 200% sanitized Nakkara on the Beverly side. Mango Sticky Rice and I are glad Diana won.
We started off with Shu Mai ($7), succulent dumplings stuffed with minced chicken, crab and shrimp sprinkled with gregarious amounts of roasted garlic with a hoisin-soy sauce that we both splashed ourselves with due to awkward 2-bite stuffed-but-ready-to-spill-out chopstick bearing edibles. It really just makes you hungrier.
Shu Mai some Certs, that's a lot of garlic!
Next we took a walk on the zen side with the Buddha Salad ($9), a lovely array of fun salad-bar type toppings without that weird salad bar taste. Loved the gingery peanut sauce, but I took too many shredded carrots, warranting the evil eye from D Takes A B (she's really a super nice person).
Tall Lady and Buddha Approved
We amicably debated the main entrees with me throwing up the idea of an eggplant dish and Diana throwing it down with an "I'm not really into eggplant" objection but our waiter referee gave the purple fruit a free kick in my corner. It was this very same purple fruit, Spiced Eggplant ($9) with chicken, Japanese eggplant, fresh peppers and basil that Diana ended up BFFing.
A great objection handler
While I BFFed the Mahatama Curry ($9) with mixed veggies and soft tofu in robustly spiced red curry sauce. The heat was on in this dish and I loved the red curry soaked up by the brown rice we had on the side.
This was Diana's 3rd times a charm at Nakkara and the Mango Sticky Rice made do-over, do-over status. After all the sweets I had consumed during the day I wasn't so keen I'd enjoy this dessert like I normally would. Not! It was pure buttery, refreshing, tropical delight. It was one of the best desserts I'd had all year. And it was rice, not some butter based pastry dough? Mango sticky rice won me over and has become my BFF dessert. Now I need to find more! Any suggestions for Mango Sticky Rice?
Nakkara on Beverly
7669 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036