Last week Lucky Rice held the 3rd annual Lucky Rice Feast, a night of Asian-styled dishes and unique cocktails, at Create Nightclub in Hollywood. Create, a scene known for its high-profile dance music and its innovative lighting, provided the perfect setting for the evening.
Flowing cocktails, rotating orange lights, seemingly floating lanterns under the nights sky and plenty of small plates of asian delights being passed around; it was surely a food fest like no other.
There were over 20 food vendors in attendance, serving about 32 different dishes. From Thai Scallop Ceviche to Sichuan Dumplings and Five Spice Pork Belly Tacos, LA’s star chefs definitely brought out their best dishes for this display of Asian culinary culture.
A few vendors and food trucks who really hit our taste buds in all the right spots were RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, Komodo, Seoul Sausage, Chef Jet Tila & Carb and Nation. RockSugar served up one of their signature cold appetizers, a salmon tartare, comprised of avocado, daikon, cilantro, pistachios, pomegranate, and miso vinaigrette. With every bite of this dish there was an enjoyable burst of flavor, that left you refreshed and wanting more.
Seoul Sausage, a famous food truck in the LA area and winners of season 3 of The Great Food Truck Race, were dishing out korean spicy bbq ribs with sweet corn cheese. If you were walking around with one of these tender spicy ribs on your plate, everywhere you went you would get asked, “That looks great, where did you get that from?”, Seoul Sausage was offered a hot commodity, yet again!
Chef Jet Tila, who has made appearances on Food Network’s, Iron Chef America, Cutthroat Kitchen and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, served an excellent five spice pork belly taco with a morsel of the most succulent and rich meat you have ever tasted.
A few other popular trucks from the LA area, Komodo and Carb and Nation, dished out a hainanese summer chicken roll with sweet chili soy sauce and a Belly Bun, with miso glazed pork belly, yuzu pickle, aioli, lettuce, pork rinds, and scallions on a fluffy asian steamed roll.
In addition to the amazing food vendors, there were 11 different bar with stations set up to serve cocktails featuring Bombay Sapphire East Gin. These cocktails were not the typical food fest sample size, they were full on passion fruit infused, syrup drizzled, lemon wedge garnished and salt brimmed drinks. In order to keep the drinks streaming continued food sampling was a necessity, with the large space and spread out vendors this was no problem, as most lines were short and quick.
A few of our favorite cocktails were the Far East Side, made of Bombay Sapphire East Gin, szechuan cucumber shnub, lime juice and St. Germain foam and the Hornets Nest made of Bombay Sapphire East Gin, orange jasmine honey, lemon juice and five spice bitters, that were both served by Harlowe.
If you were not able to attend this majestic asian food and refreshing cocktail filled night, do not fret. Lucky Rice will be hosting a similar San Francisco Feast in early September and a Slurp Fest in New York featuring ramen tasting in late October!