Crispy Tofu Balls with housemade sriracha aioli (Starry Kitchen's other famous signature dish)
Singaporean (Dungeness) Crab
Buttermilk Beer Beignets
CHILI CRABS & KARAOKE
(BUT MOSTLY CRABS)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
$50 JACCC Member | $55 General
Co-founder / Chief Instigating Officer / Chef of Starry Kitchen (and also Button Mash), Nguyen Tran will tell the stories behind and teach how to make their famous signature and reservation-only dish, that only 7 places in North America make and was the centerpiece of JACCC's famed CrabFest (that got Starry Kitchen on Jonathan Gold's [RIP] LA Times 101 Best Restaurant list two years in a row)—the elusive Singaporean Chili Crab.
Participants will be carefully walked through the full process including fully breaking down and cleaning a live dungeness crab, the thought process behind every step, how to adjust spice level during mise en place, properly cooking it and karaoke break time while waiting for the crab to simmer in the uniquely unctuous sauce (that attendees will sop up with Buttermilk Beer Beignets—which will also be taught) that makes this dish an incredibly special treat and highly sought after.
Nguyen Tran and his chef wife, Thi Tran, co-founded Starry Kitchen, a casual and fun-loving pan-Asian restaurant that began in 2009 as an illegal underground operation running of out of their North Hollywood apartment.
Their apartment (yes, their apartment) quickly rose to the #1 Asian Fusion dining spot in the city on Yelp, and gained a loyal fan base that has followed them on their culinary adventures all over LA including their most recent spot it in Echo Park- Asian Restaurant Barcade, Button Mash. Their story has been told in The New Yorker, New York Times, LA Times, NPR, Food Network, Cooking Channel and in his memoir/cookbook "Adventures in Starry Kitchen: 88 Asian-Inspired Recipes from America's Most Famous Underground Restaurant " which was published last year by Harper Collins
Nguyen also appears on television as a judge and personality from time-to time (Chopped Jr, Beat Bobby Flay, Food: Fact or Fiction)... Oh, and he's fairly infamous for leisurely wearing a banana suit around town and at tasting events all over the city.