Eating L.A.: Osteria Mozza, Street Food and more…

Here are some quick tasting notes from a few days spent in L.A.:

At Susan Feniger’s Street, I discovered a new (to me) hangover remedy–Singapore-style–Toast spread with thick Kaya (coconut) jam that you dip into runny egg yolk drizzled with soy sauce. Author Pat Tanumihardja is working on a Kaya recipe to share but sent this link for those who want to make it now at home.

Kaya Toast at Street in Los Angeles

Kaya Toast at Street in Los Angeles

Kaya (coconut jam) Toast, soft fried egg drizzled with soy

Kaya (coconut jam) Toast, soft fried egg drizzled with soy

My favorite Thai in L.A. is Jitlada, where I can never get enough of the spicy southern Thai offerings. I love the salted egg yolk green curry, morning glory salad, Jazz’s Iced tea, shrimp salad with mango and coconut and prawns with tamarind… JITLADA, 5233 W Sunset Blvd (Los Angeles, CA 90027 – (323) 663-3104 Open Mon-Thu, Sun 11am-10pm; Sat 11am-11pm)

Crisp Morning Glory Salad at Jitlada in L.A.

Crisp Morning Glory Salad at Jitlada in L.A.

I also ate at the mozzarella bar at Osteria Mozza 3 of the 5 days in L.A. It was too dark for any decent food shots, but here’s what we loved: burricotta with braised artichokes, pine nuts and currants with mint pesto, bufala mozzarella with a plate of prosciutto di San Daniele, Burrata di Puglia with leeks and fett’unta; bucatini all’Amatriciana, Maccheroni alla Chitarra with Early Girl tomatoes & garlic breadcrumbs, the gnudi with chanterelles sounded and looked beautiful but was heavy on the salt, gorgeous whole roasted Orata, dolcetto wine, cannoli with caramel gelato, and we were lucky to have NANCY SILVERTON with her sweet smile serving forth the goods.

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5 comments... read them below or add one


  1. October 8, 2009 12:36 pm by Robert Newman Reply

    Did you have any Mexican food while you were in LA?

  2. October 9, 2009 7:57 am by Pierino Reply

    Wish I could have joined you but I was on Alcatraz.

  3. November 18, 2009 8:34 am by Stacey Reply

    Mmmm. Chocolate I can take or leave. But nothing turns me on more than the perfection of a voluptuously liquid egg yolk.

  4. April 12, 2010 12:58 pm by Brian Reply

    I love that Kaya Toast. I wish at the time I had known you were going. I could have made some recommendations on LA food and had you meet up with some friends.

  5. April 25, 2012 9:42 am by Juliet Reply

    I live in Southern California and I never knew about these places. I can’t wait to try them!

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