The Echo Park at 4:00 a.m. Breakfast Burrito

March 21, 2014
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  • Serves 1 but can be multiplied
Author Notes

It’s 4:00 a.m. in L.A. Do you remember where you parked your car last night? Check the impound lot on Hoover. Welcome to polyglot Los Angeles. This is where L.A. son Roy Choi set the food world on its ear with his crazy mash up of the foods of his youth.
If you lived in L.A. during the seventies and eighties you often found yourself waiting to hear the opening notes of “La Cucuracha” outside your apartment or office building or construction site. The taco truck aka “roach coach” has arrived. You could run out and grab tacos al pastor, tamales or carne asada or even lingua wrapped in burritos. Choi took it to the next level through social media and his willingness to mix Mexican and Korean together. It worked startlingly well. This is my tribute to the Choi way of thinking. This recipe makes one breakfast burrito but is easily multiplied for everyone sleeping on your floor after a holiday meal or big game day like the World Cup final.

What You'll Need
  • 1 slice SPAM (original style), cut into dice, about 2 ounces
  • 1 cup leftover white rice (chilled overnight)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce; sriracha (“ rooster”) or California Pepper Plant
  • Maggi seasoning (or soy sauce) to taste
  • Cotija cheese crumbled, about 1 ounce
  • 1 10” flour tortilla
  • peanut oil
  • sesame oil
  • Nappa cabbage kimchi
  1. Preheat your oven to 350?
  2. Lightly coat your wok with peanut oil and a dash of sesame oil and bring up to medium high flame.
  3. Add the SPAM and stir fry until nicely colored.
  4. Add the rice and the beaten egg and continue to fry for two more minutes. Season with a splash of Maggi or else soy sauce. Remove from heat.
  5. Tear off a sheet of aluminum foil, shiny side down, and place a tortilla on top.
  6. Smear some hot sauce on the tortilla. Top that with the cotija. Add the fried rice mix followed by a layer of kimchi. Don’t over stuff it. Fold it and roll it. We showed you how to do that right?
  7. Wrap in foil and place in the oven.* Continue to cook for 10 minutes. Serve on a paper plate.
  8. *Alternatively you can omit the foil and heat on a skillet, a flat top griddle or even under broiler. Without the foil cooking time will be shorter.

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Standup commis flâneur, and food historian. Pierino's background is in Italian and Spanish cooking but of late he's focused on frozen desserts. He is now finishing his cookbook, MALAVIDA! Can it get worse? Yes, it can. Visit the Malavida Brass Knuckle cooking page at Facebook and your posts are welcome there.

3 Reviews

boulangere March 21, 2014
I take it that the 1 slice (original style) is of Spam?
pierino March 22, 2014
Thanks for pointing that out. It's now fixed. For those who might be SPAM-ophobic you can substitute cured half or Chinese lap xiang sausage. SPAM actually tastes pretty good when handled properly. It's great with kimchi.
pierino March 22, 2014
that should be "cured ham" not "half".