Counting Down to LA Food and Wine 2013’s Asian Night Market: Thi Tran of Starry Kitchen

Asian Night Market at this year’s Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival is quite the studded spectacular. Hosted by popular Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, the event will attempt to re-create the same flavors and experience of night markets in Asia, ranging from Taipei to Kuala Lumpur. The 25 restaurants that will be participating will include high-end established eateries, as well as mom-and-pop spots. Admission to the event will include food and drinks.

We got to have a quick chat with Thi Tran of Starry Kitchen – check it out below! For more info about the event, click here.

1. What’s the sexiest dish you’ve ever served/prepared and why – is there a story behind it?

Hmmm. Depends on what you want. Hot and spicy or do you want silky and slippery? Sounds dirty, but it’s how I think. I think the dessert I created for the Marijuana Dinners I collaborated w/ Chef Laurent Quenioux on- the Osmanthus Panna Cotta w/ red wine poached Asian pear. It’s silky, lightly sweet with a hint of floral essence because of the Osmanthus flower petals infused into the cream. It melts in your mouth, and is really good with the Asian pear too.

2. What was the last best thing you ate (and where was it)?

Hot pot at Boiling Point. I just love hot pot in any form. It’s something about tasty hot broth with meat I really love . It’s just fun and gets me excited. So satisfying.

3. Your-go-to recipe for an end-of-summer party?

Even though I make Asian food, I have a thing for homemade corn dogs. Just love hot dogs or spicy links, and always taste better when you make the batter yourself.

4. What’s your food guilty pleasure?

So many, but I have a thing for Slurpees and Kit Kats. I can’t explain it, but it’s just too tasty.

5. (If you have been to Asia) Where was your favorite place to eat and why?

HK or Taiwan street food. I love curry fish balls from the streets of HK, and love the stinky tofu in Taiwan. It taste different than the States. Love it, LOVE IT!!!