Little Fluffy Head Cafe

The Best Places for Boba in Los Angeles

12/11/2017

Esther Tseng

There’s nothing like adding a little texture to your cup of tea, thanks to a good helping of slightly sweet and gummy tapiocas. While it may not be appropriate to call them “boba” in the tea drink’s native Taiwan due to its translation, that’s predominantly how it’s referred to here in the U.S. Enjoy this Taiwanese treat by pulling each pearl through the oversized straw inserted into every cup.

The chewy treats at the bottom are like a little snack that comes with your drink. The tea shops with the best boba soak their tapiocas every few hours so that they achieve just the right texture - a good gummy bite without any sogginess. Fortunately for L.A., top notch tea shops have recently opened throughout the city, so there are plenty of places where you can quench your thirst with this fun, caffeinated cocktail of whimsy.

If you're wondering where the closest boba near you might be, here’s our list of some great boba tea houses in the L.A. area you can check out.

Howlin' Ray's in Far East Plaza

Get Fired Up for L.A.'s Best Hot Chicken

11/26/2017

Esther Tseng

It’s steamy, it’s crispy, it’s juicy and most of all, it’s spicy. We’re talking about Nashville Hot Chicken - the fried bird phenomenon that started with the vengeful girlfriend of a man named Thornton Prince in Nashville, Tennessee. Trying to serve justice for being spited backfired however, and the cayenne-laced recipe has since become a favorite across the South.

Los Angeles pays homage to the heat with the tradition that has now thankfully made it cross-country. We are so lucky that bona fide renditions of that hot chicken can be found all over L.A. these days. We’ve supplemented our Nashville Hot Chicken list with other deliciously spicy chicken dishes, so you can try more of our favorites that glean influences from elsewhere.

Kimchi and bacon pasta with cream sauce at Yellow House Café

The Best Untraditional Asian Noodle Dishes in Los Angeles

03/17/2017

Joshua Lurie

Noodle awareness is at an all-time high in L.A. People can now debate the relative merits of different styles of ramen, pho, Chinese and Thai noodle soups. Of course, not every plate or bowl falls into easy categorization. Local chefs (not all of them Asian) are creating noodle dishes that incorporate untraditional ingredients or take on new forms. Discover 10 of L.A.’s most compelling untraditional Asian noodle dishes.

Ajitama tsukemen at Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle

Explore the World of Noodles in Los Angeles

03/03/2017

dine L.A.

Impressive Bean Jelly at Szechuan Impression

The Best Cold Noodle Dishes in Los Angeles

08/21/2015

Joshua Lurie

Noodles are great in steaming bowls of broth, tossed with sauce. When the weather is blazing hot, it’s also perfectly acceptable to cool down your noodles. Several Los Angeles restaurants prepare interesting cold noodle dishes, many available only during summer. Read on and learn about 12 of the best cold noodle options in L.A.