Chinatown: Lobster at Fortune Gourmet Kitchen
In my quest to eat at every restaurant in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, I came across Fortune Gourmet Kitchen in the same plaza as Chego. Fortune Gourmet Kitchen is Cantonese and features seafood from the tanks near the entrance. We were going to get crab but they were out of crab so we went for lobster. It turned out to be a great choice. There’s a ceremonial aspect where the server shows you a live lobster which you nod your approval and a few minutes later, it comes out glistening with aromatics. Attack it with a bowl of rice and you’re good to go.
But the menu is so much more than live seafood. There’s my favorite seafood tofu soup. The soup was quite perfect with just a touch of Chinese white pepper.
On this night, I wanted lettuce wraps. I opted for minced pork though I long for the days of squab from my childhood. Lettuce wraps seem perfectly healthy in the non-carbs loving way — that is, if you avoid the puffed up noodles.
And it’s not a complete Chinese meal without some sort of vegetable. We got pea shoots with garlic sauce. Soup, appetizer, lobster and greens. It was all executed well and possibly my current favorite in Chinatown. Still, I should go back when they have crab to compare to New Dragon.
Fortune Gourmet Kitchen727 N Broadway, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012 — (213) 628-8188
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