ROCKSUGAR SOUTHEAST ASIAN KITCHEN®
RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen showcases the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Unlike fusion cuisine, each dish on RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen’s extensive menu is authentic to its country of origin.
From the mouth-watering Indian Samosas to the savory Vietnamese Shaking Beef, the entire menu will transport you to a spice-filled, welcoming corner of the globe. No visit to RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen is complete without trying one of the signature desserts prepared in our in-house bakery including our Caramelized Banana Custard Cake and Warm RockSugar Butter Cake.
Taking our name from an essential ingredient used in Asian cooking, RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen was created by restaurateur David Overton and Singapore-raised, New York-trained chef Mohan Ismail.
"We were inspired to create RockSugar to showcase the many distinctive flavors and dishes from Southeast Asia that couldn't be found under one roof anywhere else in LA."
- DAVID OVERTON
Inspired by memories of family meals his mother used to make, Chef Mohan draws upon his vast culinary experience at some of the best Southeast Asian restaurants in New York such as Spice Market, Tabla and Blue Hill. The master chef captures the spirit and authentic flavors of Southeast Asia: “This isn’t fusion cuisine; it’s not East meets West,” says Ismail. Instead, Chef Mohan uses the finest ingredients to bring greater subtlety to the traditional dishes of the region, as well as more creativity in their presentation.
To gain new inspiration and remain connected to his heritage, Chef Mohan travels home to Southeast Asia several times per year. Each time he returns to L.A. he introduces new ingredients and creates new recipes that keep RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen's menu fresh and innovative.
In 2016, Chef Mohan proved his culinary chops on the Food Network’s hit show, Beat Bobby Flay. Chef Mohan beat the show’s host by making a noodle dish reminiscent of a recipe he grew up with in Singapore.
Where Does It Come From ?
Aromatic and spicy, Thai cuisine is known for its balance of sweet, sour, salty and bitter in each dish of the overall meal. Thai dishes often consist of fresh herbs such as cilantro, lemongrass, Thai basil and mint as well as ginger, tamarind, garlic, soy beans, shallots, and chilies.
GREEN CURRY CHICKEN
Eggplant, Sugar Snap Peas, Chayote, Thai Basil, Cilantro with Jasmine Rice
THAI BASIL CASHEW CHICKEN
Thai Chilies, Onions and Garlic
Often bright and pungent, Vietnamese cuisine is known for its extensive use of fresh herbs and fermented fish sauce. Lemongrass, mint, long coriander and basil leaves are most prevalent. Fish sauce, "Nuoc Cham," is used to flavor marinades and soups, and as a dip for spring rolls. The influence of French cuisine can also be seen in classic dishes such as Chicken Pho or Banh Mi.
Chicken Breast, Rice Noodles, Chicken Broth and Asian Herbs
Beef Filet, Red Onions, Garlic and Watercress
The cuisine of Malaysia reflects the diversity of its Malay, Chinese, Indian and Indonesian populations, with further influences from Thai, Arab, and some European cuisines. Common ingredients include fresh and dried chilies, shrimp paste, lemongrass, soy sauce, tofu, dried seafood, tamarind paste, candlenuts and rice,
Bok Choy, Roasted Red Pepper, Celery, Ginger and Chilies
STEAMED MALAYSIAN SEABASS
Garlic, Ginger, Shallots, Cilantro, Red Jalapeños and Spicy Ginger Garlic Sauce
Reflecting its history and geography, Singaporean cuisine is influenced by Malaysian, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, and Western traditions. Singaporean dishes consist of a wide variety of fish and shellfish including squid, crab, lobster, clams and oysters. Popular fruits are durian, mangosteen, jackfruit, longan, lychee, rambutan, and pineapple.
SINGAPORE NYONYA LAKSA
Shrimp, Golden Noodles, Egg, Bean Sprouts, Jicama, Cilantro with Spicy Chili Paste
SINGAPORE HAINAN PORK
Crumb Coated and Fried Crisp, Sweet Onions, Peas and Spicy Chili Sauce
Indonesia’s cooking techniques and ingredients were influenced by India, the Middle East, China and Europe. The Indonesian islands of Maluku, commonly referred to as the "Spice Islands," introduced native Indonesian spices to world cuisine. Some of the most common ingredients in Indonesian dishes are pandan leaves and coconut milk.
Aachar Pickle and Peanut Sauce
INDONESIAN GRILLED CILANTRO SHRIMP
Corn, Sweet Potato, Peas, Coconut Milk and Chilies