LOS ANGELES | It’s hard to believe that Roy Choi’s Chego in Chinatown has been open for almost seven years, but here we are in 2017 and the place still sees a constant stream of customers passing through its doors each day. The focus is, as it’s been since the beginning, on rice bowls, and a fusion of all kinds of cuisines that make dining in Los Angeles great, with a particular focus on the flavours of Asia. Choi’s specialty has always been to combine the diverse flavours of LA street food in a way that works perfectly and Chego is a great example of this.
There are around eight rice bowls on the menu at a given time. Our favourite is the “Chubby Pork Belly”, which features melt in your mouth, crispy kochujang-lacquered Kurobuta pork belly, fried egg, pickled radishes, water spinach, Chinese broccoli, cotija and peanuts. The mixture of flavours is perfectly balanced and each bite delicious. It’s one of those things that works with a bit of everything in each mouthful, or with different combinations of ingredients.
On the small snack section of the menu you’ll find more appealing delights, and we definitely recommend you get the “Ooey Gooey Fries”. The ultra crispy beer battered fries are served with sour cream sambal, monterey jack and cheddar cheese, cotija, chillies, cilantro and pickled garlic. No matter how full you are, you won’t be able to stop eating them. If you’re somehow still hungry after all of this, grab a Sriracha Bar, a tasty, sweet and spicy candy concoction of chocolate crisped rice bottom, caramel, Sriracha ganache, spiced candied peanuts and dark chocolate.
The Chinatown location is hidden in an unassuming location partway down Far East Plaza. If you can’t get to the Chinatown location, there’s a Chego food truck parked outside Whole Foods Market on W 8th St and S in Downtown LA.
Shop 117, Far East Plaza
727 N Broadway
Telephone: 323 380 8680
Tue to Sat: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Sun: 11:00am to 9:00pm