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Taiwan's Hottest Fried Chicken Treat Gets a Weekly DTLA Residence

Hot Star brings big fried chicken to Smorgasburg

Hot Star
Hot Star
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.

Famous Taiwanese night market vendor Hot Star is expanding into the thick of Los Angeles, jumping from a couple of San Gabriel Valley locations to a simpler stall at weekend food bazaar Smorgasburg.

The prolific company first rose to prominence as part of the Shilin Night Market in Taipei, but has in the years since expanded to over 100 locations internationally, including Toronto. Now they’re seemingly getting back to their roots with a stall at Smorgasburg that launches first at the Westside pop-up taking place this weekend on the Santa Monica Pier, and then every Sunday thereafter in Downtown.

The arrival of Hot Star’s famously gigantic fried chicken should be a boon for Smorgasburg at the ROW DTLA project. The weekend lineup has ebbed and flowed since first opening last year (Nicole Rucker is no longer there, but the LocoL truck is making a weekly appearance), though many first-week vendors remain. Add in the popularity of Hot Star and the suddenly summery weather, and it’s a good time to poke around at Smorgasburg once again.