It’s Saturday night at Palm’s Thai and the crowds are eating with one eye toward the stage. Then, it happens: Kavee Thongpreecha struts in decked out in a rhinestone-studded jumpsuit, his pompadour perfectly gelled. He picks up the microphone and croons “Love Me Tender,” swaying his hips in a pitch-perfect Elvis imitation while the crowds fawn over his every move. Even an eccentric performance such as this doesn’t seem out of place in L.A.’s Thai scene, an eclectic mixture of generations-old recipes and Hollywood modernity, of dishes that have been perfected by grandmothers and then endorsed by Homer Simpson.
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