Down in Chinatown's East China Plaza, Lao Tao brings modern Taiwanese street food to the lunch crowd masses. The order-at-the-counter spot is affordable, quick, and just the right amount of gluttony to leave you feeling satisfied but still able to get work done afterwards. The move is the beef ban mian (flat noodles in a bone marrow broth) and the best godd*mn popcorn chicken we’ve had in LA.
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Steep is a modern teahouse in Chinatown with a prolific selection of teas and Chinese/Taiwanese dishes.
Chinese Friends Restaurant
Chinese Friends is a no-frills restaurant on Broadway that serves Chinese-American fare and has no affiliations with NBC (that we know of).
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You won’t know how much you need a chicken shawarma taco until you’ve had one from X’tiosu Kitchen, an order-at-the-window spot in Boyle Heights.
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