If you are in LA and you want to try some Southeast Asian cuisine, check out Kaya Street Kitchen @ 109 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. My mom was raised in Singapore, so I grew up eating a lot of food with Singaporean and Malaysian influence such as roti, curry and satay chicken. Kaya Street Kitchen took authentic cuisine from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia and served it up in a trendy “Chipotle” style fashion.
Above, you can see three roti tacos: Pork and shrimp meat ball topped with peanut slaw (left), pork and shrimp meat ball topped with Asian salsa and hot sauce (middle), and a lemongrass coconut steak topped with peanut slaw and hot sauce (right). Both the meat balls and the steak are amazing! Their meat ball is juicy and flavorful while their lemongrass coconut steak tastes exactly how it is named. I’ve been in Singapore eating street food and this place nailed it!
My wife tried the pork and shrimp meat ball topped with tamarind slaw (left), lemongrass and coconut steak topped with kale (middle) and the Sambal tofu topped with Asian salsa (right). She said all three were amazing, but she really liked the kale with the lemongrass and coconut steak.
Now this next dish literally took me back to my childhood, just like how the ratatouille did for Anton Ego. Kaya is a coconut custard spread/jam that is very popular in Southeast Asia. It is served on toast, just like how Nutella is used in the states. Although you can find canned versions of Kaya jam in some Asian markets, the quality is typically never good. The Kaya toast at Kaya Street Kitchen is legit! I told the owner he has to start bottling the Kaya spread because I will literally buy it by the case.
A few tips when you visit Kaya Street Kitchen:
- Parking sucks, so you might want to part at THE GROVE across the street and just walk over. Kaya Street Kitchen is about 1/2 a block away from THE GROVE, across from the CBS Television Studio.
- Try their LYCHEE MINT TEA, it is really good. I didn’t take a picture because I was so busy drinking it I forgot to take a picture.
- If you aren’t sure what you want to try just ask for a sample, they offer free samples of all of their food!
I highly recommend Kaya Street Kitchen, they even opened up a new location in Aliso Viejo recently.