Asian Food Toluca Lake

Hungry Crowd, Indeed

At the same time that LA diners are embracing authentic Asian food, other chefs and restaurateurs who have racked up experiences with unrelated concepts are taking their culinary traditions in new directions. Case in point: Hungry Crowd in Toluca Lake. Chef Juran Kwak, who previously worked at Manhattan Beach Post (M.B. Post), joined forces with […]

At the same time that LA diners are embracing authentic Asian food, other chefs and restaurateurs who have racked up experiences with unrelated concepts are taking their culinary traditions in new directions. Case in point: Hungry Crowd in Toluca Lake. Chef Juran Kwak, who previously worked at Manhattan Beach Post (M.B. Post), joined forces with Michael Woo, longtime GM of Glendale’s popular Ichiban, on Asian-influenced comfort food.

Hungry Crowd’s small patio with wood picnic tables and pastel green umbrellas gives way to a dining room with speckled white tables and flat-screen TVs. 

This new collaborative restaurant leans on Korean influences for dishes like white kimchi clam pasta featuring house-made kimchi and fettuccine-like noodles. Fried pork ribs are slathered in a sweet-and-spicy sauce and presented in a structure that resembles a log cabin. Grilled corn is another notable dish, starring a spiced cob planted in cheesy polenta.

The lunch menu is less ambitious by design, with a salad and sandwich focus—though you’ll also find unique items like kimchi fried rice and a bulgogi breakfast burrito.

10140 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, 818-853-7858

More Stories
People

Dave Porter

Uncompromising Composer. master mood setter. Studio City Dweller.

Eat & Drink

"Tiki No" is a Yes

Outside of scenes from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” it’s getting increasingly difficult to find a Tiki bar these days, which is such a shame since flying to Polynesia or Hawaii for your Mai Tai fix is a tad harder on the wallet.   Luckily, one of the last great Tiki bars happens to be in North […]

Eat & Drink

Freebie Alert: Rita's Ice Noho; The One Up Opens

Rita’s Ice in North Hollywood (4821 Lankershim Blvd.) is having their grand opening this Friday, October 3, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. They will celebrate by giving away free Italian ice all day. Plus, the first 50 people in line will receive free ice for an entire year. To qualify, they request guests donate a tube of toothpaste for L.A. Family Housing. Rita’s […]

Join the Valley Community

Receive the latest stories, event invitations, local deals and other curated content from Ventura Blvd.