Evelyn Martinez observes that Thai restaurants help form cross-cultural alliances.
Suriyanee serves "fried platano" at her restaurant; it's just one example of the similarities between Thai and Latino cuisines.
Youth Radio's Evelyn Martinez says Thai is the new Latin flavor. Latinos are flocking to Thai restaurants, she says, because they offer dishes with similar flavors to their own. In turn, Thai restaurants are catering to their Latino clientele by translating menus into Spanish. Martinez says she thinks this helps create cross-cultural alliances between Thais and Latinos in certain L.A. neighborhoods.