Starry Kitchen: Underground dining club to hit restaurant

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Nguyen Tran and his wife started an illegal dining club in his apartment in North Hollywood, so he was good at coming up with creative workarounds. When he opened his legal resturant, Starry Kitchen, Tran had to go to unique lengths to keep it running.

Nguyen Tran and his wife Thi opened a fully licensed restaurant, Starry Kitchen, in 2010.

One of Nguyen's dishes: Singaporean chili crab.

Photos by Bao Minh Nguyen.


Nguyen Tran - Author, "Adventures in Starry Kitchen" - @starrykitchen

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