When I first moved to Los Angeles, the first thing I noticed wasn't the lame "Hollywood" sign. (By the way, what's so special about it that this sign has been featured on so many posters and glossy pages of travel guides?) It was the ugly strip malls on almost every block I drove by that caught my eyes. I found many of these strip malls very ugly, and depressing (because they just have such a third world vibe about them).
But lately, I have fallen in love with these ugly strip malls in Los Angeles because I realize that there are always ethnic mom and pop restaurants nestled in them. I never know what new food I will discover by driving into an ugly strip mall and this "unknown" element just adds a little excitement to my boring commute home from a long day of stressful corporate prison.
Last night, my venture into one of these strip malls had gotten me a tasty bowl of Vietnamese Chicken Curry ($7.99) with steamed rice on the side. Compared to Thai curry or Indian curry dishes, Vietnamese curry is much lighter in texture and the sauce is more broth like than gravy like. I found this light version of very tasty and tender chicken curry stew very appetizing. This is the kind of dish that goes extremely well with steamed rice or crusty bread. I can get really full and satisfied by eating a lot of rice with only half of the chicken curry. This allows me to box the other half home for lunch the next day. I can always make a big pot of steamed rice very easily with my rice cooker at home to use up the left over curry. This helps cut down my dining bills.
Restaurant: Taste of Viet
Address: 1650 Sepulveda Blvd, Harbor City, CA 90710
Phone: (310) 326-2889
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