Royal King Elephant

9924 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92844
714-638-1887
Royal King Elephant is a Laotian restaurant in Garden Grove. It’s technically more of a Thai place, though, because Americans are more used to that culture’s cuisine. So the menu is currently mostly Thai classics: a fine crying tiger, curries, pad Thai, fried rice, and the like. Ignore those in favor of the Laotian specialties, some of the boldest meals you’ll have this summer. Take the awesomely named tom zap, translated as “Lao beef soup.” It pulsates with flavors: not just the fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves, galanga and lemongrass serving as the flavor base, but chunks of liver, heart, intestines, and tripe—a dish so offal-riffic it makes haggis taste like celery.

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