Little La Lune is a surprisingly dapper Cambodian-Thai restaurant with red walls and bamboo lanterns that resides just outside of Long Beach’s Cambodian-American stronghold of Little Phnom Penh, but still features several compelling examples of that Southeast Asian country’s vivid cuisine, including a multi-faceted Pork Porridge ($5.75).
The porridge, which contains rice grains that haven’t yet shed their starch, has a pleasantly sour tinge and touts plenty of different pork cuts: sliced leg meat, dark strips of lung, tender tongue, and chitterling rings. They even include chopped cilantro and iron-rich cubes of pork blood that sport Swiss cheese-like holes. Add crunchy bean sprouts, a squeeze of lime, or better yet, savory fermented beans. Up the culinary stakes by ordering Cha Wai ($1), a deep-fried bread stick that’s pull apart and reminiscent of a beignet, but isn’t sweet.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.