Starry Kitchen: I’ve Got Stars in My Eyes
Some time ago, I heard about Starry Kitchen but everything I looked up had no address. That’s because they were on the DL- downlow if you will. They were operating out of their house and the one-dish specials got so popular, they eventually had to go way underground complete with a password to get any information.
Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to sleuth very hard to find their brand new Downtown Los Angeles location. I arrived the first week it was open last week with a pal, the Hungry Hanh. I’ve subsequently been back twice this week.
As of right now, they have lemongrass chicken, coconut pork, short ribs and crispy tofu balls. These four items then can be ordered four ways; as a wrap, banh mi, plate or salad. Starry Kitchen plans to rotate the menu every few weeks and most likely will keep the lemongrass chicken as a staple.
Hanh and I shared the lemongrass chicken and the coconut pork banh mi. Nguyen and Thi Tran own Starry Kitchen and Nguyen explained to me that coconut pork is a homestyle food that rarely makes it to any Vietnamese restaurant menu. I had never heard of it and was glad to try it. I loved it as a banh mi.
I’m all about their fried rice. They change it up every week. Last week was curry fried rice and this week is pineapple fried rice. The short ribs were very tender and perfect atop of the rice. A friend had it in the salad but I think the small pieces got a bit lost in there.
I’ve been hearing about this “game changer,” the Starry Kitchen’s crispy tofu balls. Although I’m not vegetarian, I’m really into veggies and tofu. They are a bit spicy, definitely crispy and wholly wonderful.
A friend had these in a banh mi but I think they’d go equally well in a wrap.
I can’t wait to go back next week to see how the menu evolves. I hear kimchi and mushrooms are in the works. And everyone knows kimchi makes everything better!
350 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Hooray! I wanna write mine up too, but I haven’t eaten there nearly enough.
Heh! I figured I better write this now while I’m still the mayor of SK! I’m going to try to hit it up next Tuesday for lunch before I leave for Seattle.
Looks great! Can’t wait to check this place out 🙂
Definitely! You need to come back to LA more!
can’t wait to go! i’ve tried their stuff a few times (my friends are the owners) but have never had it “officially.”
SK is absolutely wonderful food! Hope you get to go soon.
I love your blog. It makes me want to be social/eat. lol. Just wanted to say that your photos are really starting to look amazing.
Aw, thanks Mona! I am still working on my pics inside dark bars and restaurants but when the food is well lit, yeah, I’m pretty happy with my pics. 🙂
How was the lemongrass chicken on curry rice? It looks fantastic! And the portions look well-sized too. Yummmm.
I liked the lemongrass chicken which they tell me will be a regular feature. But I dig the pork and beef dishes more. Oh, the portions are huge!
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