I always go and end up with just 1 or 2 dishes at LSXO and forget to write about it. Chef Vuong is seriously fusing his heart and soul into the menu there at the moment. Since it is so much easier to access than the other two Little Sister locations I am not sure if they are keeping up or not, but the creations are incredible, and I would expect some to translate to the DTLA and Manhattan Beach Little Sisters. However, judging by the online menu of Little Sister maybe that isn't true...if not, then LXSO is worth the drive to Huntington Beach in my opinion.
I had this Hu Tieu Nam Vang that was absurdly great the other night there for $13. A southern street food type dish, the portion was huge, the hu tieu (tapioca-based noodles as opposed to rice like pho or bun noodles typically are) were amazing in their chew and savoriness. They also mostly keep their texture overnight crazily enough! There was so much good stuff in the savory, umami-rich, slightly sweet, yet spicy sour broth besides the noodles, too! Minced pork, sliced fatty pork, a huge head-on prawn, fresh fishballs, chilies, onions, sprouts, cilantro...and housemade, super smoky lardons! Plus free fresh crullers on the side to dunk (and I got extra sour serranos and garlic, which is a free side as well)! The interplay of so many textures, meats, seafood, heat, sweet, etc... the smoky fattiness of the lardons was surreal. I've never tasted anything like it; it felt almost like a fusion of American BBQ with Pho with Tom Yum Soup with Taiwanese breakfast flavors but at the same time a hint of something French... just indescribably insane, and utterly awesome.