Before you reach for your holsters, meet Robin Chang—tech consultant by weekday and chef by weekend, although “chef” may be a stretch. He prefers “connector” which is also how he describes his passion project, Little Meats Los Angeles. A communal dining experience for letting the good times and tastes roll, Little Meats gives free rein to people who like to cook by connecting them with friendly strangers who like to eat without restriction or apology. Though he has hosted larger format Little Meats meals in the past, Robin is currently hosting smaller "Umamikase" dinners at he and his wife's apartment-turned-semi-pro kitchen in Lincoln Heights.
Robin Chang making the magic happen before our eyes at Little Meats Los Angeles
Robin characterizes his culinary identity as “Ethnic America,” the central tenet of Little Meats. He defines the movement as “inauthentic food that identifies who we are as this hodgepodge of cultures not clashing for the sake of clashing but because we've had to live with a diverse community growing up in LA.”
Never a dull moment at Little Meats' Umamikase dinners
Robin's mouth-feely pho tacos are always ready for a close-up
Below, Robin has paid his respects to just some of the places in East Los Angeles that have been key players in shaping his culinary identity. Spoiler alert: The man likes his tacos.
Al & Bea's Mexican Food
Ave 26 Taco Stand
Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla
Pho 87 Restaurants
Image courtesy of @japultra
RC: If you've never had an Australian meat pie, think puff pastry filled with a bunch of awesome savory meats, meant to be eaten with ketchup. Start with the simple meat pie, which is ground beef, then get a lamb and rosemary pie to round out the meal.
Image courtesy of @lafoodfest
Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles Annex
Image courtesy of @jennymichelley
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
Image courtesy of @llhawaiianbbq
Drips & Swirls
RC: Soft serve in and of itself is boring as fuck, but from a chef like DJ Park who is a diva in his own right, you'll get a winning combination of flavors that will not disappoint or bore you.
Image courtesy of @drips.swirls
Honeymee - Sawtelle
Image courtesy of @nikkagabrielle