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World Mosaics: People and Places
Nguyen Tran
Accidental restaurateur Nguyen Tran and his wife Thi Tran started an illegal underground phenomenon out of their apartment in North Hollywood, which by 2009 had become the #1 Asian-fusion restaurant listing on Yelp for all of Los Angeles – and they have the screen captures to prove it! They have since gone legit (at times), continuing to stumble and fail upwards with their delicious Pan-Asian comfort tomfoolery, banana suit megaphone shenanigans, highly-publicized marijuana dinner antics and double entendres galore. Their most famous signature dishes take the lead with Crispy Tofu Balls (that people enjoy in their mouths) and Singaporean Chili Crabs that people very often share with each other. The Trans miraculously built a loyal fan base that eventually followed them to downtown Los Angeles, the Fashion District, and Chinatown. Their most recent opening in Echo Park is the restaurant/barcade, Button Mash. Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold has featured Starry Kitchen on his “101 Best Restaurants” list two years in a row, and it is one of LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants. The Trans’ story has been told in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Food & Wine, among other publications. Adventures in Starry Kitchen: 88 Asian-Inspired Recipes from America's Most Famous Underground Restaurant (2017) tells the behind-the-scenes story of their restaurant and shares delicious Pan-Asian recipes, including their trademark Crispy Tofu Balls.
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