|Chego's Roy Choi says "Yes, we're coming to Chinatown"|
L.A. Weekly's Plate on Sunday was a great chance to catch up with old friends like Jazz at Jitlada and Nguyen at Starry Kitchen, but I was glad to also get to try a few places I haven't been yet. I'm looking forward to introducing friends to the over-the-top joys of Chego's hangover fries and Spam kimchi bowl when the Kogi BBQ truck-spawned restaurant opens soon in the Far East Plaza on Broadway.
|Uni and salmon roe over rice|
|Oleego's spicy pork|
Also Downtown, I was impressed by Oleego by Park's BBQ, a fast-food style Korean spot from one of Koreatown's best BBQ spots in the Target plaza on Figueroa. The spicy pork bulgogi would be excellent with some tangy kimchi on the side. A bowl over white or brown rice, noodles or mixed greens is just $8 with a choice of four sauces.
|Palsaik's 8 flavors of pork belly|
The biggest flavor bomb at the Taste event was Night + Market's Northern Thai raw salmon, with a blast of rice powder, chilis, lime juice and onions combining for some kind of larb nirvana. Must get back to Night + Market soon.
The event was aso good reminder of a few other places I haven't tried yet: Little Fork and Bizarra Capital. And I'm looking forward to revisiting Rocio's Moles de Dio, although I didn't understand the guy who was asking them "Are you a real restaurant? Because some of these places are just in strip malls." Like that's a bad thing.
The best dessert was Pazzo Gelato's rose ice cream, bringing back long-ago memories of Mashi Malone's, followed by Fluff Ice's fluff ice with Lamill Coffee.
What did you taste at the Plate?