Sunday, October 9, 2016

Lao Tao Street Food - Chinatown

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I became aware of Lao Tao Taiwanese Street Food at this year's
Lucky Rice, the L.A. Feast in July 2016.

In early September 2016, I was invited to the
media preview prior to the soft opening on September 14th.

Lao Tao Street Food is located on the 2nd floor of the Far East Plaza
in Chinatown.  Next door to Ramen Champ and above
Roy Choi's Chego, Endorffeine, Howlin' Ray's Hot Chicken,
and Pok Pok LA, just to name a few.


See What Jay Eats...

Since this is a street food place, it's very casual
and all of the food is served on disposable plates,
which gives the street food feel.

Our first course is the 
Century Egg Tofu Salad

with house-made Hong You sauce, rousong (pork floss),
and green scallions.


Sea Land Tofu Skin Roll

with pork and fish paste filled tofu roll,
minced vegetables, water chestnuts, and Haitian sauce.


This is where I met them
and became a fan...


Loved their Chao Shou

a pork filled wonton in a red hot numbing chili oil,
with house-made Hong You sauce, peanut powder,
and green scallions.



Chao Shou at the restaurant

Who doesn't love spicy wontons?


 Beef Ban Mian

a hot dry flat noodle coats in an 8 hour marrow sauce,
topped with tender five-spice beef shank.
Served with Taiwanese napa cabbage, pickled vegetables,
and scallions.


Love the wide noodles...



Restaurant owner and chef, David, asked me
if we were still hungry and wanted to try the
Oh An Jian (baby oyster pancake)?
Served with an egg, Asian basil, Chinese leeks,
Taiwanese napa cabbage, and Haitian sauce.

My friend and I enjoyed this dish,
she ate all of the oysters and I ate the rest.  lol


Here's the complete menu
(as of pre-opening)





Photo by Lao Tao
As seen on their Instagram,
I made a cameo appearance
when my friend Jackie and I attended
the media preview.
Except for the server,
I knew everyone in the pic.  lol

Join them now as they're
opening regular hours.

Tell them that Chef Jay
sent you!



Far East Plaza
727 N Broadway, Unit 207
Los Angeles, CA 90012




NOTE:  I was a guest of Lao Tao Street Food.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.



Photos by Jay Terauchi
unless noted
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