Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Los Angeles: Red Hot Kitchen

With the success of Kogi food truck, many new and old restaurants are starting to have their own copycat version of Asian-Mexican fusion. Heck, even California Pizza Kitchen has a korean short rib taco now on their menu. However, there is one place that's doing quite well with their fusion offerings, and that's Red Hot Kitchen in East LA.

It's located in a.... industrial neighborhood to put it nicely. You would never there'd be something like Red Hot in this area and yet, during lunch time, this place is packed from people that work around the area, downtown, and even 626 area. They have everything: fried rice, gyoza, sushi rolls, tacos, burritos, tamales, salads, noodles, and more. No wonder it's such a hit during lunch.

Red Hot Kitchen
4625 Valley Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90032

red hot kitchen
Full of people waiting. Waiting for food during lunch can take quite a while.

tofu burrito
Decided to grab a tofu burrito.

tofu burrito inside
The burrito comes with tofu, rice, lettuce, cabbage, cilantro, tomato, and salsa. What really makes it good is the salsa. The heat creeps up on you!

Rather than getting some of the more Asian items like rolls or fried rice, opted for the fusion tacos, and specifically, short rib and the spicy pork tacos.

short rib taco
Great marinade on the short rib and again, the salsa adds a good kick. Sweetness on the short rib seemed a little out of place sometimes though.

marinated pork taco
The favorite's probably the spicy pork. Has a lot of flavor and it goes super well with everything.

I would love to go back and try more. However, recently I heard that there was a shooting there during lunch time, which... is making me think twice now. Again, not in the best neighborhood but if I'm in the area or if someone wants to venture out there with me, I'm down! :P

PS. Post will be a little slow since I'm currently editing my photos from Vancouver when I visited there over MLK weekend.