TODAY Food Editor
In this special weekly feature, “Today” food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much money you can save — and fun you can have — by cooking these dishes at home!
THIS WEEK: Asian Spiced Pork Spare Ribs from Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian Hotel, West Hollywood, Calif.
One of Sunset Boulevard's hippest hotels, the Mondrian, is home to Asia de Cuba, a showcase for chef Joe Ojeda's Latino-Asian fusion dishes.
If you're cruising the Sunset Strip this summer, stop in for the real deal and enjoy the dining on their patio, which overlooks trendy West Hollywood and features enormously over-scaled terra cotta pots planted with fichus trees and flowering bougainvillea vines.
If you can’t make it, get a taste of this outstanding restaurant with our “stolen” recipe of the week, in which jalapeno meets lemongrass to provide a new take on pork spare ribs.
About the chef:
Joe Ojeda has been at Asia de Cuba since it opened six years ago, first as sous chef and exective sous chef, and now as executive chef.
Watching his stepfather cook in the kitchen of his family’s L.A. restaurant, Via Fettuccini on Melrose Avenue, Ojeda begun his culinary education in childhood.
“At a young age, I was hooked on the cuisine and culture,” says Joe. “Yucca, mojitos, platanos maduros, chimichurri sauce — I was brought up on this stuff.”
Prior to joining Asia de Cuba in 1999, Ojeda was sous chef for the Universal Studios/MCA Catering Department, handling parties ranging from film premieres to events with, among others, Mercedes Benz and MTV. Some of these events involved serving up to 10,000 people.
Speaking of large, his cross-cultural dishes come in generous portions that are meant to be served “family style.”
(PLEASE NOTE: Ingredient prices are estimates and based on national averages. Amounts listed are for one portion. Increase proportionately according to number of portions desired.)
Asia de Cuba
8440 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, Calif.
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