From Our Editors
When the queen and princess of Thailand craved a taste of their homeland while visiting the United States, they didn't look any further than the Pacific Coast Highway, home of Royal Thai Cuisine. The duo stopped by the 31-year-old eatery to try Chef Sam Tila's specialties, which include calamari tossed with sweet red curry sauce, medleys of eggplant and tofu, and duck steamed in herbs and honey and deep fried. Tila sources prawns directly from the Chao Praya River, which he then grills and douses in a garlic oyster sauce. Rather than guard his culinary secrets as jealously as the Pentagon guards its recipe for the president's barbecue sauce, Tila teaches them to aspiring chefs during classes that cover Thai classics such as massaman curry.