Less than a year ago, Daniel Ang launched the popular Singapore-style food truck Dang Good Foods, selling foods inspired by his childhood. There, he grew up eating a melting pot cuisine with roots in Chinese, Indian, Malay, Japanese and Korean cooking.
When Thai Thai announced its plans to relocate to a larger space down the street, Ang found himself on the receiving end of the keys to the original shop. At only 16 seats, he considered it ideal for his first brick-and-mortar restaurant.
“Many of my friends in the business told me to go big or go home,” he explains. “I say, if you go big, you definitely will go home! My mindset was, if I am going to do a restaurant, I want to start out small like this, an intimate, non-pretentious place that is all about the food.”
The menu at Dang Good Foods (13735 Madison Ave.) builds upon the dishes that Ang has been selling from the truck. Items include crispy spring rolls, savory Spam musubi, Singapore fried rice, soy-braised pork or chicken steam buns and nasi lemak, coconut milk seasoned jasmine rice with crispy chicken wings, cucumber, egg and a sweet-spicy chili sauce.
“I want to make people comfortable enough to venture outside of their comfort zone with their taste buds,” adds Ang. “I’ve noticed over the past five to seven years people getting more and more adventurous with their foods here in Northeast Ohio.”
The restaurant opens today, Friday December 13, at 4:30 p.m. Going forward, Dang Good Foods will be open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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