Some Mala Heat for Luke’s Lobster

The Luke’s Lobster chain of Maine-style lobster roll and seafood spots has added a version of their roll fueled with Sichuan spice. It’s a collaboration between Luke’s Lobster and Omsom, a company started by Kim and Vanessa Pham, the daughters of Vietnamese immigrants, which makes and sells Asian sauce bases. Omsom’s “Chinese mala salad starter,” mixed with Japanese kewpie mayonnaise, ramps up the flavor of the lobster for the Spicy Mala Lobster Roll. It’s on the menu through November at $24 to $25 depending on location. A “Lobster Tail Mala Salad” kit for making lobster salad is sold online, $120 (serves four). For the month of May, part of the price is a donation to the Immigrant History Initiative, a nonprofit that supports Asian American communities.

Spicy Mala Lobster Roll,

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