You and your friends may dream of taking that trip to Thailand, but in the meantime, Pa Ord Noodle is here to make your wait a little easier. A more authentic slice of Thailand is hard to find this side of the Pacific. With the distinctive aroma of fish sauce seeping out of the kitchen, the yummy looking pictures of stir-fried entrees plastered on the wall (cruel and unusual punishment for the hungry), and the undulating tones of Thai diners conversing over their meals, you might as well be sitting at a little roadside noodle stand in Bangkok. Your friends might be tempted to go for something conventional like the Pad Thai (never a bad choice), but in the spirit of travel encourage them to try something new, like the pork belly with Chinese broccoli. Be aware that, as in Thailand, any dish can be made spicy, so impress your friends (and get a laugh from your waitress) by saying “pet mak” (“very spicy” in Thai) — just make sure to order a round of Thai iced teas to douse that five-alarm fire in your mouth should the spices win the day. Even if you never make it to Thailand, you and your friends can take comfort knowing that a delicious piece of the “Land of Smiles” is right here in your backyard.