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A Modern Chinese-American Spot Woks Into Silver Lake Soon

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Wonton noodle soup, mapo tofu, and more in a strip mall

Fat Dragon, Silver Lake
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Silver Lake don’t stop, as evidenced by yet another strip mall newcomer to the sunny Eastside neighborhood. This time it’s Fat Dragon (subtitle: Chinese Kitchen & Tea Bar), a weekday evening option for folks interested in Chinese-American classics and tons of loose-leaf tea.

Fat Dragon is the brainchild of Allen Wong, one of the partners behind other popular casual spots from the Sticky Rice restaurant group, which includes the new Side Chick and RBTA, among others. The plan here is to reformat a corner location into a small, comfortable place for folks to dine in on basics like mapo tofu, twice-cooked pork, wonton noodle soup, and fried Jidori chicken wings. You can also opt for take-out or delivery, should the need arise.

The location is interesting too, as Fat Dragon lands inside the former K&C Donuts at the far end of the same strip mall that holds Trois Familia. That also puts Fat Dragon basically across the street from a very similar concept in Pine & Crane, which focuses on Taiwanese classics in a modern space (also with takeout). Both also use teas to great advantage, with Fat Dragon leaning on nearly two dozen loose-leaf teas, served hot or as cold brews, with Hong Kong Milk Tea to boot.

Fat Dragon should fire up in the next few weeks and definitely before the end of the month, keeping evening weekday hours from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Those extend on the weekends to 11:30 a.m. as well.

Fat Dragon
3500 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA