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Adventures in Starry Kitchen: 88 Asian-Inspired Recipes from America's Most Famous Underground Restaurant by Nguyen Tran

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  • Braised and caramelized Vietnamese Coco pork belly (Thit kho)

    • MmeFleiss on January 29, 2018

      This was a huge hit at the house. The use of the coconut soda worked, even though I had my doubts.

  • Braised Coca-Cola jackfruit

    • MmeFleiss on January 31, 2018

      This was really good, although next time I'll stick with regular sodium soy sauce. It also yielded way more than the 2-4 servings. For us it was closer to 8, so I froze half for another day.

  • Korean spicy pork belly

    • rionafaith on August 24, 2017

      The marinade on this BURNS, a lot. I seared it on a cast iron griddle and the slices turned black almost instantly, and the sauce just pooled into big crusty puddles that were very hard to scrape off. But other than that, very tasty, even though I only marinated for 2 hours instead of overnight. If I make this again I might try omitting the sugar, using a different pan, or flipping/stirring more to cut down on the burn factor.

  • Spam Brussels sprout fried rice

    • MmeFleiss on January 29, 2018

      So good that I've already made this twice. I added extra Brussels sprouts the second time around because they were my favorite bit.

  • Roast pork belly XO fried rice

    • MmeFleiss on January 29, 2018

      I will admit that I made the pork belly just so I could make this. So worth the wait. Yet another recipe from this book that is going to my rotation.

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Reviews about this book

  • Food52

    ...I was thrilled with the food I cooked out of this book. It’s an honest look at opening a restaurant during the crazy, DIY years after the recession...

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  • Food52

    ...follows Los Angeles couple Nguyen and Thi Tran from a 2008 layoff to an underground restaurant in their studio apartment to pop-ups and critical acclaim.

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  • ISBN 10 0062438549
  • ISBN 13 9780062438546
  • Published Jun 06 2017
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher HarperOne

Publishers Text

The behind-the-scenes story of America’s most famous underground restaurant, featuring more than eighty-eight deceptively simple and unbelievably delicious pan-Asian recipes and dozens of luscious full color photos.

In 2008, as the American economy cratered, newly unemployed Nguyen Tran and his newly unemployed wife-to-be, Thi, opened an off-the-grid eatery in their small Los Angeles studio apartment. Word of their fabulous food quickly spread, turning their culinary "speakeasy," Starry Kitchen, into an underground sensation—and the #1 Asian fusion restaurant in L.A. on Yelp.

Threatened by the city’s health inspector, Nguyen and Thi transformed Starry Kitchen into an acclaimed and wildly popular pop-up restaurant in a downtown sushi joint. But their success was only beginning. As their clientele exploded, thanks to raves in the Los Angeles Times, Nguyen and Thi moved to a bigger space of their own in Chinatown, where they helped make the neighborhood the epicenter of L.A.’s burgeoning food scene.

Adventures in Starry Kitchen chronicles Starry Kitchen’s DIY evolution—"this beautiful accident gone right"—the mayhem, mishaps, misdemeanors, milestones, and amazing meals that have contributed to (and nearly derailed) its success. As they tell their story, the Trans share more than eighty-eight easy-to-follow pan-Asian recipes—mouthwatering and flavorful comfort cuisine, including Claypot Striped Bass, Buttermilk Beer Beignets, Singaporean Chili Crab, Double-Fried Chicken Wings and, of course, Starry Kitchen's trademark Crispy Tofu Balls.

Whether you’re cooking for two, four, or sixty, Adventures in Starry Kitchen demonstrates you don’t have to be a desperately hip (or even trained) chef to master sensational modern food that will amaze and delight.