Little Sister (Manhattan Beach, CA)

So far, it’s been a fun-filled day of feasting out here in sunny California. After a nice long nap, my appetite is raring and I’m ready for more good eats! Next stop: Little Sister. Our friends dined here before and had only the best things to say. I don’t eat much Vietnamese or Southeast Asian food back in NY, so I am looking forward to trying something new. We ordered up a storm — a total of ten dishes to share, not including dessert or post-dessert. The first dish out was my absolute favorite of the night: red-braised pork belly with leek fondue. Imagine the silkiest, fattiest pieces of pork belly that simply melt in your mouth — you don’t even need to chew — and they are swimming in a sea of luscious leek fondue. Never had anything like it before, but I know that I want more. Much, much more. Next came a bunch of vegetable dishes: fried okra, papaya salad, pea tendrils, etc. All were yummy, especially the fried okra. Then there was the shaky shaky beef (amazing), the salt & pepper lobster (which was deep fried and delicious), and the most incredible bowl of jasmine rice ever (it was smothered in clarified butter and saffron). No joke, I could eat this rice every day at every meal. It was that good! We had a few scoops of ice cream along with three tiny desserts, and by that time, we were literally bursting at the seams. (I think you know where this is headed. Yes, there’s more food on the way.) Chef Tin Vuong came over to our table to say hello and hang out for a little bit — he was so nice! We learned that he started out as a pastry chef and his passion is baking bread. Turns out, Chef Tin baked a few French baguettes that day… so he graciously sent us a post-dessert snack: a freshly baked baguette with butter and cheese! We dug deep and somehow found a way to devour this blissfully delicious bread. It was pure HEAVEN. Thank you so much to our two besties, Chef Tin Vuong, and the Little Sister team for an unforgettable meal! We can’t wait to take another trip out here for more amazing food!

Little Sister: 1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA

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Red-braised pork belly, crispy shiitake, and leek fondue 

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Fried okra, tomato, lime, mint, and fenugreek

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Papaya, green chilies, mustard oil 

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Master stock Jasmine rice with saffron and clarified butter

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Shaky shaky beef, sausalito watercress, baby tomatoes, and burnt butter soy

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Thin egg noodles, garlic oil, sweet soy, crispy shallots, chili oil, and crispy pork bits

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Salt & pepper lobster, butter fried shallots, fried chilies and garlic

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x.o. pea tendrils, lime juice, almonds, and dried scallop shards

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Balinese style fried meat balls with banana ketchup

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Two scoops of sea salt & caramel ice cream and one scoop of papaya cream with housemade chocolate

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Fallen chocolate souffle, Peanut butter profiterole, Caramel apple mini pie

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Post-dessert snack: freshly baked baguette with butter and cheese

Little Sister (Manhattan Beach, CA)