The Salty Turnip and Egg at Ruen Pair

June 25, 2013 | By | COMMENTS

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Jon Shook, of L.A.’s Animal and Son of a Gun, once told L.A. Weekly his favorite places to eat in L.A. One of them is one of my favorite places to eat in L.A., Ruen Pair, where I almost always get the same thing: the Prik King (see #9 on the list of my favorite places to eat in L.A.). Shook, however, goes for a different reason: “You gotta get #106,” he told L.A. Weekly. “The salty turnip and egg. It will blow your brain out coz it’s super cool.”

Last week, Craig and I went there while still deep in the throes of our apartment hunt. We figured it would be a cheap, fast, Pad Thai kind of night. Once there, though, Craig started studying the appetizers–looking over the spring rolls and other familiar items–when I pitched the #106. “Jon Shook says it’s the bees knees.”

“Jon Who?”

“Just trust me.”

So we ordered the #106 and it came out looking like it does in that above picture because that’s actually a picture of it, so that makes sense. And Jon Shook isn’t kidding: there’s a lot going on there. It looks almost like an omelet but it has this deep caramelized flavor from the rapidly cooked parsnips which come shredded so they permeate the whole omelette. We thought we’d want a dipping sauce with it, but it doesn’t need it, there’s so much flavor.

After that, of course, I had the Pad Thai I planned on having, even though I usually get the Prik King.

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This is excellent Pad Thai, up there with the best I’ve had, simple but heightened with acidity from fresh lime.

And there you have it: something old, something new. Now we just need something borrowed and something blue and we’re married (with a little help from the Supreme Court tomorrow, of course).

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  • dani

    This looks awesome. When I stopped at the farmers market yesterday, I almost bought parsnips, but I didn’t have any recipe ideas. Totally going back to get them and attempting something like this now.

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  • NancyRing

    I can’t wait for you to recreate this at home, so I can try it too!

  • http://www.theactorsdiet.com actorsdiet

    I’m always overwhelmed by the menu at Ruen Pair! My go-to is the morning glory and a curry dish of some sort.

  • june2

    Was that your wedding announcement?

  • Megan

    Speaking of recreating things at home — if you have a good recipe for pad thai, I’d love to see it!

  • me

    I had the most delicious Chinese dish a few years
    I cannot find it now. It was like cubes of fried chicken over rice with a sauce and veggies. Does anyone have a recipe for that? Thanks
    Me