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James Gordon

Martabak Cafe's martabak.; Credit: James Gordon

My Hunt for the Indonesian Street Food Martabak in L.A.

J. Kenji López-Alt, who runs the Food Lab blog at Serious Eats, occasionally sheds light on some questionable concoctions. He once wrote a piece where he recommended deep-frying quesadillas stuffed with deli turkey meat and brussels sprouts. In general, though, López-Alt’s taste reflects a careful consideration of food. He may......
Jianbing at Fortune No 1; Credit: James Gordon

Where to Find the Chinese Burrito-Crepe Jianbing in L.A.

If you are from Tianjin, the major port city in Northeast China, the jianbing in Monterey Park must be a powerful source of food nostalgia. You might remember the lady in Tianjin cooking it on the sidewalk and the dank smell of sulfurous charcoal. You might recall the plastic buckets that......
Goat stew.; Credit: James Gordon

The Joy of Goat at Mirak in Harvard Heights

It’s no secret that Koreatown’s restaurants are often a one dish affair. If you find yourself at a restaurant that specializes in cold noodles – say, Yu Chun – you are almost certainly eating nothing but naeng myun and kimchi. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that you may......
Dancing at the Dapper Day Expo Spring 2019 at the Disneyland Resort; Credit: Star Foreman

L.A.'s Best Indian Food Has No Meat

The first time you enter Surati Farsan Mart is a potentially overwhelming experience. The place resembles a Jewish deli more than a restaurant, and during peak hours, the line can stretch out the door. The clientele are loud and almost entirely Indian. There are more women dressed in saris than......
Credit: James Gordon

Your Vietnamese Street Food Guide to the San Gabriel Valley

The best food in Vietnam is found not in Michelin-approved establishments but on dirty street corners, where stray dogs linger at your feet carefully gnawing at scraps. Each tiny street stall will most likely specialize in one single dish; maybe bánh mì, maybe pho. That stall’s dish has inevitably been......