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Lao Tao Street Food hits Far East Plaza soon

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.

Take a look around Lao Tao Street Food, the second floor Far East Plaza shop that's all the buzz in Chinatown right now. Run by chef/owner David Wang, the simple storefront looks to start slinging meals by mid-September.

You may already be familiar with the Lao Tao name, as Wang and his team have been working Chinatown Summer Nights and other one-off local events for a while now. Signage has also been up for quite some time at the second-floor outlet, though until now the windows were papered over.

Regardless, eager diners will soon be able to enjoy an expanded menu of Taiwanese snacky favorites, from oyster pancakes to twice-fried chicken to a ton of braised pork belly. The full menu is right this way.

Starting off, Lao Tao will keep soft opening hours starting September 14, with a limited lunchtime menu only. Come September 21, expect full lunch and dinner hours. And, in the meantime, if you'd like to experience a taste of what Lao Tao has to offer, the restaurant will be conducting a sneak preview tonight, with Wang and crew cooking a limited menu out front on the patio.

Lao Tao Street Food
727 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

Far East Plaza

727 North Broadway, , CA 90012 (424) 207-4459