Ever since seeing the Las Vegas episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Season 3, I knew I had to make a stop a Lotus of Siam on my next trip to LV. Lotus is located nearby the Convention Center in a somewhat shady strip (Lotus has flyers warning about car breakins) mall full of mostly Korean BBQ restaurants. After unable to get a seat on the previous night, we were able to get a table at the first seating at 5:30pm the following night. There was already a line about 20 deep for those that didn’t have reservations by the time we got there. The food was worth the 24 hour wait.
The first dish that came out was the Sai Qua or Northern Style sausage. This item can be found towards the back of the menu in the Northern section. The sausage was very flavorful and filled with lots of spices. It’s served with cabbage, ginger, chili peppers, onions, and white rice. Ordered medium spice level.
Probably one of my favorite dishes was the Nua Yum Katiem. It’s grilled beef served on sliced cabbage, cucumbers, and tomatoes. The dressing is a combination of chilis, lime juice, sliced garlic, sugar, and fish sauce. The combination of ingredients in this beef salad is amazing with the heat from the chilis, sourness from the lime, charbroiled beef, saltiness from the fish sauce, and garlic. Ordered medium spice level.
Another item off of the Northern section is the Nam Prik Noom. It’s roasted green chilis mixed with garlic, onions, and tomatoes. It’s served with some vegetables and fried pork skins. Recommend to get the sticky rice. Ordered medium spice level which was the minimum.
A popular dish that we saw on most tables is the garlic prawns. So of course we had to try it. The prawns are butterflied, deep fried, and then sautéed with garlic and chilis. This dish was good but not sure I would order it again before trying the other dishes first. Ordered medium spice level.