By Ayumi Yoshihama |Staff Writer|
Red Hot Kitchen is an Asian fusion restaurant based on Korean and Mexican food in Loma Linda.
Korean and Mexican food don’t seem to go together, but they make this combination work.
“Korean BBQ tacos” is written on a big sign in front of Red Hot Kitchen and is visible from the Anderson St. exit off the I-10 East.
If you like Korean BBQ and tacos this is the best place for you.
Once you enter the restaurant, smells of exotic spices fly in from the kitchen.
Kimchi Fried Rice is a fusion of Chinese and Korean food.
You have the option of selecting different types of meat such as beef, chicken, pork, spicy pork, fried or grilled shrimp, and how spicy you want the flavor to be.
I chose grilled shrimp and hot flavor, which is a little spicy since I cannot handle too much spiciness.
Also, they have extremely spicy seasoning called “OMG” and “OMG 2.”
If you think you can handle the spiciness, you should definitely try them.
Honey Sriracha hot wings was another favorite of mine.
Sriracha is a spicy sauce for Asian food like Tapatio is for Mexican food.
The hot wings have a little bit of sweetness from the honey. The combination of the sweetness with the Sriracha sauce is satisfying.
Each hot wing meal comes with six pieces of wings, vegetable sticks, and ranch sauce.
Super Nachos is also one of the popular meals. It is a huge plate of nachos with your choice of meat.
I tried it with spicy pork. It was slightly sweet and not favorable with it, in my opinion, so I might choose a different type of meat next time.
Additionally, since it is a Korean and Mexican fusion restaurant, they carry Mexican sodas called Jarritos and Sangria as well as teas and smoothies.
I ordered a coffee smoothie with boba, an Asian dessert also known as Tapioca pearl made of the starch from the cassava root, and it was great.
On Yelp Reviews, Red Hot Kitchen has four stars with 227 reviews.
Other reviews were less enthusiastic, but still favorable.
“Overall, just minor things that probably won’t stop us from not coming back. There are so many options from their drink and kitchen menu,” said another reviewer.
Each meal or drink does not cost more than $10, and prices range from $4- $8.
Red Hot Kitchen is a casual and friendly place where a group of friends can enjoy and share laughter together.