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One of Asia’s Most Popular Fried Chicken Restaurants Is Coming to Sawtelle

Plus three big LA restaurant openings, and where to eat pasta in LA right now

4Fingers Chicken
4Fingers [Official photo]
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.

The chicken from Singapore

4Fingers, a chain of fried chicken restaurants from Singapore, with outlets in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia, is opening a location on Sawtelle Boulevard, according to Toddrickallen. The chicken has an ultra-crisp skin and a mild sauce similar to the sauce used for Korean fried chicken, and has a sort-of-healthy angle, boasting free-range birds and no processed ingredients. The owners were inspired to create a Korean fried chicken chain during their time in New York City (Korean fried chicken boomed there a few years back). Apparently, the chain has received millions in investment to expand across the U.S. and Europe, so bustling Sawtelle Japantown seems like a nice landing spot. No word on 4Fingers’s opening date, but it’s already hiring.

The pasta machine

With the weather cooling down, it’s prime time to enjoy hearty pasta around town, and LA Mag has a handy roundup of where to get some of the best in town. Felix and Hippo are solid picks, but places like Bulgarini in Altadena and La Pergoletta in Los Feliz are unexpected, but delightful, choices.

The street-vending wars are over, for now

L.A. Taco goes into the aftermath of the new street-vending rules that legalize the sale of food on the street. Street vending was already decriminalized, but there’s now a legal framework for vendors to sell food and other merchandise without fear of getting fined or shut down, provided they have permits and licenses.

Three of the biggest openings

Among all the big openings in LA this year, Food & Wine selected three LA restaurants as the most significant in the country: Viale dei Romani, Ma’am Sir, and Majordomo. The first is a bit of a dark horse pick, mainly because Casey Lane’s unsung Italian-ish restaurant in West Hollywood hasn’t really received too much attention since its opening. There’s high praise for Viale’s crudos, which Food & Wine says are the best in Los Angeles right now.

Scissors for the win

Baroo’s Kwang Uh, who closed his restaurant at the end of last month, recommends these scissors by Joyce Chen for serious cooks. They’re a must-have item because of their durability and sharpness, he says.

Craft beer delivered for Christmas

During the holidays, it’s often annoying or difficult to get quality craft beer, so FoodGPS has the story on a new service called Craft Chaser that will delivery good beer to anywhere in LA. There are four breweries partnered with the service, including Absolution Brewing, Cosmic Brewing, Scholb Premium Ales, and Yorkshire Square.