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Kuniko Yagi Launches SNACK TIME Pop-Up for Three Days at Little Tokyo's Simbal

The first of the R&D series at Simbal.

Kuniko Yagi outside Simbal, Little Tokyo
Kuniko Yagi outside Simbal, Little Tokyo
Wonho Frank Lee
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Simbal has been cooking for a few weeks now in a tucked-away location in Little Tokyo, but the restaurant will commence a series of guest chef appearances next week. Kuniko Yagi, who was seen last week helping out friend and chef Shawn Pham at the budding eatery, will soon conduct SNACK TIME, a pop-up concept that'll take place at Simbal's chef's counter. The $75 tasting menu has two seatings per evening at 6 and 8 p.m., with official dates on June 30, July 1, and July 2.

Yagi was most recently the executive chef at Hinoki & the Bird before she decamped late last year. When Yagi was traveling through Asia to do research for Hinoki, she asked Pham to help her do some R&D back in Vietnam during his tenure there. So perhaps she's just returning the favor a bit. Those who want to make a reservation for SNACK TIME can make one right this way.


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