DTLA: Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp at Broken Mouth
I checked out Broken Mouth – Lee’s Homestyle for Hawaiian food last week. It’s a tiny shop in the fashion district of Downtown Los Angeles. There’s one table that gets crowded with diners pretty quickly. Or there are a few hidden corners of individual seating and even a small counter in front of the grill and cash register.
We were greeted by the friendly chef, I assume Mr. Lee. I knew I wanted to try a couple of things and decided on the garlic butter shrimp. Now I’ve never been to Hawaii but I know this is a very popular dish. I loved it! The shrimp were VERY buttery so that means they were delicious. Our server said you could eat them unpeeled which I did. But they are butterflied so you could conceivably remove the shells easily.
The plate is served with purple rice and potato-mac salad. The macaroni is actually gluten free. And just the right amount of creaminess. I normally avoid mayo but I ate this right up.
I also wanted to try the spam musubi. These were also made with purple rice and came out piping hot. I want to order two of these next time!
We shared the kimchi cucumbers. The pickles were a nice way to cleanse the palate between each bite.
My lunch partner got the not-so-spicy fried chicken sandwich. I had a little bite. While not dry, I do recommend the avocado mash for maximum flavor.
She also got a side of potato-mac salad since her sandwich is considered a la carte and didn’t come with sides.
Next time I want to try the egg-battered beef plate or the Local plate with Portuguese sausage and fried eggs.(213) 418-9588 © 2018 The Minty