Adventures in Starry Kitchen: 88 Asian-Inspired Recipes from America's Most Famous Underground Restaurant


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Accidental restaurateurs, Nguyen Tran and wife Chef Thi Tran started an illegal underground phenomenon out of their apartment in North Hollywood that eventually became the #1 Asian Fusion restaurant listing in ALL of Los Angeles on Yelp in 2009 (and we have the screen captures to prove it!;D). They have since gone legit (at times), continued 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 w/ their most famous signature dish taking the lead: the Crispy Tofu Balls (that people enjoy in their mouths). (the other being their Singaporean Chili Crabs that people very often share with each other;D) They miraculously built a loyal fan base that eventually followed them to downtown LA at California Plaza in 2010, the Fashion District, Chinatown and their most recent opening in Echo Park- Asian 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 Button Mash was recently announced as one of LA Weekly's Essential 99 restaurants in ALL of LA and their story has been told in LA Times, The New Yorker, New York Times, NPR and Food & Wine magazine among other publications.


"Everything about Starry Kitchen is unexpected, from their crazy stories to their crazy-delicious food. This book, which serves up both in great big heapings, is sure to hit the spot."--Brooke Williamson, Bravo's Top Chef Season 14 Winner, and co-owner and co-chef of Hudson House, The Tripel, Playa Provisions, and Da Kikokiko
"This dude is crazy and I like that."--Roy Choi, author of L.A. Son, and co-owner, co-founder, and chef of Kogi BBQ, Chego!, A-Frame, Commissary, POT, and LocoL.
"A book for the fans who waited in long lines, snuck into private dining rooms, and have followed [Starry Kitchen] through thick and thin. Starry Kitchen is a story by and for dogged, food-obsessed dreamers. (Plus, it has a recipe for [a] killer chili crab.)"--Eater