A relative newcomer to Chinatown (in the newly-hip Far East Plaza, no less), Lao Tao labels itself as a straightforward Taiwanese street food diner.
Ginger limeade with organic chia seeds…
Cucumber salad… Garlic notes and a hint of heat serve as counterpoint to the inherent coolness of these crunchy cucumbers - Yummy appetizer!
Beef Ban Mian… Slow-cooked beef shank in marrow broth, with flat noodles, mustard greens, tomatoes & scallions. The house-made red chili & peanut oil add to the complexity of the bowl…
… and mixed up, it looks even better! The bone marrow broth infuses well with the noodles and makes the whole dish so nicely.
Rub-A-Belly… Basically lu rou fan: Stewed and braised pork belly in a rice bowl, served with sweet corn, tea egg, cucumbers, and scallions, and topped with pickled daikon & cilantro. Absolutely terrific.
… the stewed pork au jus is a natural fit with the rice - A great, great bowl.
“BaoScream”… Fried housemade bun with ube ice cream, custard, and peanut sauce - Delectable.
Though prices here aren’t exactly Taiwanese street food prices, I felt the quality of preparation of each dish was really solid, and definitely worthy of return trips. The new Chinatown dining scene is really heating up.
727 N. Broadway, #207
Los Angeles, CA 90012