LOS ANGELES | Xoia is the child of husband and wife duo Jose Sarinana and Thien Ho, both literally and figuratively. It’s their daughter’s name, who a dipping her shrimp chips in salsa. Xoia specialises in traditional Vietnamese food, along with as assortment of fusion dishes that incorporate Mexican flavours and techniques. Particular inspiration comes from Ho’s hometown, Hoi An, which is a food lover’s paradise as anyone who has visited there, including us, can attest to.
On the traditional side, you can go for things like banh xeo, banh mi and pho, while fusion wise expect things like chicken curry tostadas, lemongrass pork carnitas banh mi, and soft pho beef tacos. The popular tacos are made using the beef used in the pho broth, fried until crispy then seasoned with anise and Vietnamese cinnamon.
Some decry lack of authenticity when an eatery like Xoia opens up, but in a town like LA, people have been realy responsive to the dishes that Sarinana and Ho are cooking up. In Vietnam, the same dish can vary from village to village, so what’s authentity anyway? As far as we’re concerned, if the food is made with love and tastes good, that’s all that matter.
1801 W Sunset Boulevard
Sun – Thu: 11:00am to 12:00am
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 2:00am