Actor Hudson Yang, who portrays a younger version of chef Eddie Huang in the ABC hit series, Fresh Off The Boat, is just 15-years-old. However, he's already getting his feet wet in the restaurant business, much like the culinary icon he portrays.
Yang is an investor in Không Tên, a restaurant in Los Angeles, California that serves New American food through a Vietnamese lens. That means you'll find dishes like eggs Benedict, charcuterie, and other nationwide favorites, all with a Vietnamese spin on it. Yang sees it as a start on his own pathway to potentially becoming a chef, a dream inspired by his grandmother and her cooking.
On a recent episode of Foodbeast's show Going In, hosts Elie Ayrouth and Marc Kharrat joined Yang and his father, Jeff, to sample the entire menu at Không Tên. With executive chef Kim Vu's menu ranging from crab fried rice to a unique take on fried chicken & waffles, there was plenty to choose from in terms of standout dishes. These are the ones, though, that the whole squad kept going back for.
K10 Chicken & Waffles
Chef Vu's take on chicken & waffles spins the concept totally on its head. The fried chicken breast is coated in a Saigon cinnamon breading and served with plum sugar syrup and Fresno chili hot sauce as a blend of sweet and spicy condiments. As for the waffle, it's a Vietnamese-style sweet potato spider waffle, which looks more like a bed of deep-fried noodles but still provides that sweetness you're looking for in the beloved brunch combo.
House Made Vietnamese Charcuterie
Charcuterie is more in the realm of Europe, but as it grows universal appeal in the United States, you'll find more creative versions of it like this one. Chef Vu's platter includes chicken pate, Vietnamese mortadella, pork head cheese, and grilled skewers of pork — all made in house.
Crispy Whole Fish
If you're looking for a massive plate for the entire table to share, the crispy whole fish is the way to go. With house sauce, lettuce cups, a giant rice cracker, and plenty of fresh herbs to go with it, there's a variety of creative ways to enjoy this meal as well.
Hudson Yang has definitely picked an innovative first restaurant to invest in, and it'll be interesting to see how his work here influences the food he may eventually cook at a restaurant where he's the chef, as he has aspirations to eventually become one.
To get the lowdown on what Yang and the Foodbeast squad thought of every single Không Tên dish, peep the full episode of Going In in the video at the top of this article.