This Taiwanese Street Food Folds In Layers of History, Family And Dough

Vivian Ku is the chef and restauranteur behind Joy in Highland Park and Pine and Crane in Silver Lake. (Photo by Emily Henderson/ LAist)

Vivian Ku is the chef and restauranteur behind Joy in Highland Park and Pine and Crane in Silver Lake. (Photo by Emily Henderson/ LAist)

Los Angeles is a city that loves its street food. Tostadas de ceviche. Bacon-wrapped elote dogs. Tijuana-style tacos. Thousand layer pancakes.

Hold up. That last one... whaaaaaat?

It's a popular snack in Taiwan, where it's known as cong zhua bing. It's also the specialty at Joy, a year-old Highland Park restaurant from Vivian Ku, owner of Silver Lake's Pine and Crane. The cute, neighborhood spot at the corner of York and Avenue 51 specializes in Taiwanese-style street food, made to suit 21st century L.A. palates and served with a dose of history.

Ku describes Taiwanese food as a blend of influences from Japan, China and groups indigenous to the nearly 14,000-square-mile island. Her family's roots reflect that mix . . .

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