One of the most unique things about Los Angeles is its explosion of food culture in the last ten years, namely Asian food. Now, Los Angeles wouldn’t be Los Angeles without it. But there is much more to Asian restaurants than its food. Each establishment, as Lisa Ling puts it in her intro letter, “is rich in stories of immigration, resilience, perseverance, triumph, innovation, and the preservation of culture.”
In this inaugural issue of Secret Menu, we go deep into the diverse Asian restaurant communities of LA forged by chefs and owners, with a look at how their businesses connect a neighborhood and their stories connect to one another, to make up what is now a cornerstone of LA food culture today.