Where to Eat This Weekend in Los Angeles: Thien An

Photo: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

This week Jonathan Gold takes us to Rosemead for not one, not two, not five but SEVEN courses of beef. Thien An is a restaurant that focuses on Southern Vietnamese cooking and the specialty of the house is bo bay mon (often described as bo 7 mon) which translates to “Seven Courses of Beef.” As you might expect, it is a whopping seven courses of beef. What you might NOT expect is that those seven courses will set you back about $17. If you’re feeling more pescatarian the ca nuong da don, or large baked catfish, is also a hit.

  • donnel odonnel

    disgusting your advertisement of meat. very backwards thinking. don't you ever think, why it's so cheap. where does the meat come from. what are the conditions the animals are raised and killed under? most likely horrible concentration camp conditions. i bet the rest of the dish is full of pesticides and gm food. how stupid are people also reporters at kcrw even today to advertise this kind of food!!!!

    • FreeMyWilly

      ugh, another 1-percenter needs to get off their high horse

      • VeganInfo

        Take a look at the history books. It's full of "one percenters" like MLK, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Galileo, Wollstonecraft, Einstein, Moulin etc Would you say they were all on a "high horse"?

        They are not necessarily wrong only because they are the only ones fighting for justice or truth.

        It's not about taking the moral high ground, it's about doing the right thing for animals, the planet, ourselves, and starving populations. Don't take our word for it. Look into what is really behind your choices. Nobody can force you but, if you don't know, how can you say you're making a free choice? Start with the documentary Food Inc.

    • Bob Myers

      Do you know the Origin of the Word: Vegetarian? It is a very old Native American word meaning: "Bad Hunter"

      • Valerie

        "If you've ever wondered where you would have stood on the issue of slavery had you been alive in the eighteen hundreds, just look at where you stand now on the issue of animal rights."
        The animal abuse industry is like the slave trade. It operates on the principle that they are worth less consideration because they are not human. Historically, those in favour of the slave trade used many of the arguments for it that are currently used by those who are in favour of continued animal exploitation and abuse…
        I'll let you simmer in that…

    • Billy B

      As a known KCRW listener, I say the only justifiable thing to do is "eat the rich"

    • Grok "Good Hunter"

      It's interesting how seemingly intelligent people want to ignore millions of years of biological evolution and impose their own moral viewpoint of the world. Sounds like another religion that I know of…

      • VeganInfo

        What was presented is not a moral viewpoint, it's a list of facts. $17 – do you really think that is what it cost the animals, the planet, the health system?

        It seems interesting that a seemingly intelligent person would ignore the most significant part of our evolution: the development of critical thought and moral reasoning. What we can do biologically and what we should do ethically are two distinct arguments.

        Your choice to eat meat is based on a belief system just like the choice not to eat meat. The question is, what underpins those belief systems and what are the costs of acting on them.

        What you may like to consider are the real costs of meat eating. Firstly, most meat does not come from hunters but from factory farms. They are nothing short of criminal. They treat animals like objects, they pollute waterways, the air, waste resources etc. Secondly, animal agriculture, especially beef, is one of the biggest contributors to global warming, deforestation and general destruction of the planet. Thirdly, as most animals are raised in factory farms, they are fed grain. This grain is grown in poor countries where people are starving to death.

        It has nothing to do with "beliefs" but facts. It just depends on whether you're prepared to ignore them for the sake of your taste buds. We don't need meat to survive so it's a choice. All choices have consequences.

        • You win.

          Never mind. I feel like I'm being talked over by your rhetoric all over this page.

  • CPQ

    "Bad Hunter" – well spoken. Man has been eating cooked animals for quite some time. I'm pretty sure the trend will continue well into the future. The photo of the food from Thien An looks pretty good to me, the carnivorous beast that I am.

    • Andres

      This was the reply from Vegan Info, to you. I fully agree with it by the way. It is hard to argue with logic and facts.

      "There are 7 billion people on the planet, yet we kill 56 billion land animals per year. Do you really think they're all "hunted"?

      Man has also been committing murder and rape for quite some time too. Does that mean we should justify that only because it's been going on a long time?

      If the meat-eating trend continues into the future, it won't be "well into the future" because we will have no future. Billions of animals eat a lot of food, drink a lot of water, do a lot of poop, emit a lot of methane, take up a lot of land etc. 80% of deforestation in the Amazon is to make way for cattle (organic, grass-fed). (look up Slaughtering the Amazon, Greenpeace).

      The real cost of this beef is being paid for by the animals, the environment, the taxpayer (it's heavily subsidised – plus costs to public health systems), the consumer (the leading chronic diseases are traced to eating animals), and starving populations. It is not sustainable on any level."

  • sean michael

    The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated

    Gandhi

    *I really expected more from KCRW listeners.* just saying. Valerie nailed it.

  • VeganInfo

    There are 7 billion people on the planet, yet we kill 56 billion land animals per year. Do you really think they're all "hunted"?

    Man has also been committing murder and rape for quite some time too. Does that mean we should justify that only because it's been going on a long time?

    If the meat-eating trend continues into the future, it won't be "well into the future" because we will have no future. Billions of animals eat a lot of food, drink a lot of water, do a lot of poop, emit a lot of methane, take up a lot of land etc. 80% of deforestation in the Amazon is to make way for cattle (organic, grass-fed). (look up Slaughtering the Amazon, Greenpeace).

    The real cost of this beef is being paid for by the animals, the environment, the taxpayer (it's heavily subsidised – plus costs to public health systems), the consumer (the leading chronic diseases are traced to eating animals), and starving populations. It is not sustainable on any level.