Another Egyptian screening, another doomed expedition to find something walking distance from the Egyptian. I’d had it in my head to go try Jinya Ramen Express or the poke place in the mall of death and fashion, but it was WAY too cold for alfresco dining, even ramen.
If anyone has any suggestions for places that are a walkable distance from Hollywood & Highland that is NOT luv2eat, I’m all ears.
So back to luv2eat I went, not unhappily.
I got the Hat Yai fried chicken. 3 pieces of chicken (2 drums and a thigh) fried and topped w/ fried shallots and garlic, sticky rice, and the customary sweet chilli sauce.
Curiously, the rice the out still wrapped in a plastic bag. I’m not sure if this was a thing that I just don’t know about, but I shrugged, de-bagged the rice and went ahead anyway.
For the first time ever the food was… fine. Fried chicken, juicy, but it had a slight overdone edge to some of the batter that made this a bit less than it could have been.
The rice and chili sauce are pretty essential. You’re left with, basically, 3 pieces of fried chicken to debone as you see fit and then mix w/ the rice, chili, and the bits of fried shallots. And that, really, is the key. To find those few magic forkfuls that get you a hunk of chicked and a touch of rice, swiped through the sauce that has still crisp bits of shallot and garlic and random crispy bits in it, where you can get whatever your preferred magic ratio is of each of those elements.
Alas, such forkfuls are hard to construct. The rest of the time, well, it’s fine. But I think I’d actually be more interested in seeing what they do w/ pad thai or drunken noodles or some other of the more ‘generic’ dishes, rather than try this again.
The lesson: When @TonyC says don’t order the chicken, don’t order the chicken.