Foodable's Small Kingdoms Features LA Chef Roy Choi

Chef Roy Choi  | Facebook, Roy Choi

Chef Roy Choi | Facebook, Roy Choi

Having the reputation of spearheading the food truck craze would be enough for some chefs to retire upon. Yet not for Roy Choi. Not content to rest on his laurels, after the success of the famed Asian fusion Kogi Truck which introduced Angelenos to the entirely new concept of gourmet, mobile dining, chef Roy Choi has kept busy, creating a number of unique concepts that serve a variety of cuisines ranging from late night, Asian fusion bar snacks to soulful Hawaiian inspired fare.

So how has the chef maintained success while continuously exploring new concepts and culinary styles? And what is he up to next? Read More

Small Kingdoms: Soulful Cuisine With LA Chef Roy Choi

Small Kingdoms: Soulful Cuisine With LA Chef Roy Choi

By Courtney Walsh, West Coast Editor

Having the reputation of spearheading the food truck craze would be enough for some chefs to retire upon. Yet not for Roy Choi. Not content to rest on his laurels, after the success of the famed Asian fusion Kogi Truck which introduced Angelenos to the entirely new concept of gourmet, mobile dining, chef Roy Choi has kept busy, creating a number of unique concepts that serve a variety of cuisines ranging from late night, Asian fusion bar snacks to soulful Hawaiian inspired fare.

So how has the chef maintained success while continuously exploring new concepts and culinary styles? And what is he up to next? Read on to find out.

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LA’s Chinatown Undergoes a Dining Revolution

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For decades, Los Angeles’ Chinatown has been dominated by a number of traditional Chinese dining options.  Yet over the past several years, a surge of new restaurants serving a range of cuisine from Cajun to Mexican to Japanese-fusion have begun to appear.   

While Chinatown may seem an unlikely choice for these modern eateries, the neighborhood's dining revolution makes a lot of sense.  As areas such as LA’s Historic Core and Arts’ District began experiencing unprecedented growth, many savvy restaurateurs identified Chinatown’s close proximity as prime real estate for opening their restaurants.  The low rent and high levels of foot traffic also made Chinatown a safe bet for entrepreneurs looking for low risk ventures. 

Residents of the neighborhood have been generally welcoming of the gentrification that allowed for Chinatown to stop competing with the San Gabriel Valley, LA's food capital of authentic Chinese cuisine, and instead follow in the likes of neighboring Little Tokyo by incorporating a mix of old and new cuisine while still maintaining the area’s distinct cultural heritage. 

Recently, a number of celebrity chefs such as Portland’s Andy Ricker and LA’s own Roy Choi and Nguyen Tran have opted to open up shop in Chinatown, bringing a new hype and excitement to the neighborhood that will hopefully put Chinatown back on LA’s food map. 

Read more about how this new wave of dining has revitalized the neighborhood here

Ethnic Food in America: Defining Authenticity

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Ethnic food concepts have certainly become more popular in America, with chefs from all walks of life putting their own spin on the so-called trendy dishes. From Momofuku’s David Chang to L.A.’s Roy Choi, Korean-American chefs specifically are starting to get a lot more recognition at the top of the influential chef ladder. But, when it comes to “authenticity” within each chef creation, the lines of rooted culture often become blurred. 

So, as food politics go, many sides were brought in to try to decipher how to even define authenticity. A recent article in Salon, entitled “The Kimchi Revolution: How Korean-American Chefs are Changing Food Culture,” provides a complex look and analysis of this movement, stating, “the postmodern chef now stands at the vexed boundary between poverty and privilege, a vigilant guardian with a knife in one hand and a smartphone in the other.” Read More

Roy Choi's 'Pot Bar' is in Full Swing

Photo Credit: LAist//Carrie Shaltz

Photo Credit: LAist//Carrie Shaltz

From the streets of L.A. to the new The Line hotel, Roy Choi is doing it up big across L.A.’s food scene. This year, he’s got a few things up his sleeve with this newly sparked hotel partnership. Last night marked the opening night of Pot Bar, the first of Choi’s three ventures inside The Line. Don’t act like the name surprises you – it’s typical Roy Choi fashion, as is the bar, which he had complete creative freedom over. This freedom is what ultimately made him decide to give this new career route a go. Read More