Taiwanese Street Food Inspired
Grand Opening in Chinatown, LA
Fresher and Better Ingredients
NO MSG and Preservations
Inspired by Taiwanese Street Food
Who is Lao Tao?
In Taiwan, “lao tao” refers to the word “foodies”- people who are constantly on the hunt for good food; people who can’t get enough from the normal daily 3 meals, but need smaller bites from street vendors, night markets, small street corner cafes, milk tea shops… and the list goes on. Interestingly enough, the word “lao tao” originally came from the name of an ancient mysterious creature whose name is “Taotie(饕餮).” He is one of the misbehaving sons of the Dragon, who ate everything he could find. Until one day, he got so hungry that he swallowed his own body.
Our adventures began in mid-2015, when the founder and chef David Wang quit his corporate 9-5 job, grabbed everything and everyone he could find, and decided to open a Taiwanese street food inspired spot in the heart of old Chinatown. The upcoming restaurant is small (seats 25), but features lots of unique small bites that you’ve never tasted before. From the traditional “Lu Rou Fan 滷肉飯 ” (slow cooked braised pork belly with rice), to the “Thousand-Year-old Egg with Tofu in Spicy Homemade Sauce 紅油皮蛋豆腐”, Lao Tao wants to introduce various authentic dishes to people appreciated food and its culture.
Can a thin chef be a good chef? The answer is – YES! Long before David decided to quit his stable full-time job and devote himself fully to the restaurant biz, he had been cooking Taiwanese dishes for years. Many times he was asked, “Why don’t you open your own restaurant?” So after perfecting his dishes and building his reputation from his pop-up food events, David was ready to bring his restaurant dream to reality!