Yojie Japanese Fondue

Yojie Japanese Fondue
Village Square
9400 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117
http://www.yojie.com/
(702) 445-7008

Japanese Shabu Shabu is one of my favorite cuisines to eat because 1. it just tastes so clean and fresh! 2. it’s a DIY 3. the sauces! it’s all about the sauces. For those unfamiliar with shabu shabu, it is basically a type of meal where you cook your food in a pot of liquid of your choice, either water, sukiyaki or other savory soup bases. You shabu shabu (swish, swish in Japanese) your vegetables and protein to you liking, dip it in your favorite sauce and gobble up!

Yojie is a new joint in the west side of town, and I love how it’s new, clean, modern and it’s got all the right details. Chopstick wrappers are coordinated with their napkins graphically (neat!). Alkaline water used for cooking your food and/or drinking. It’s got a hip atmosphere with art on the walls. Customer service is excellent, and if you have the pleasure of meeting Anton, one of the owners, he is just the coolest guy. Their tea maker is empties directly from the bottom of the vessel, and you just have to see it. They have a cool little sesame grinder.

On to the food! Here at the restaurant you have different combination plates where you can choose between seafood, vegetables, chicken, pork and beef. For me, I went with Yojie’s Cut of angus beef in the geisha size (second size up from the smallest) with goma and ponzu sauce in which I totally double dip in both! For dessert, we had the white chocolate green tea fondue with cakes and fruits. The sweetness of the white chocolate was balanced out with the fresh organic fruits and yummy chunks of cake, homemade marshmallows and rice crispy treats.

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Oops. I ate all my meat before I remembered to take a picture. Gobble Gobble!

Pok Pok

Pok Pok
1469 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 287-4149
pokpokpdx.com

Pok Pok has been my dream Portland eatery since being brainwashed by Food Network and Cooking Channel years ago. Of course, Anthony Bourdain has to go on a Culinary adventure with the Chef to Thailand to give him even more street cred’! You gotta love a white guy who lived and breathed Thailand for years and brought his love of the food back.

Upon entering the indoor dining for Pok Pok, I was amused to see the the interior was modeled just like the mom pop shops back in my Thailand travels. Made it feel very nostalgic with dim lighting, alcohol bottle stacks “cluttered” artfully at the bar, red booths and plastic covered tables.

Foodwise, this is NOT your typical Thai restaurant. Get out of here if your looking for your favorite Pad Thai, Pad See Ew or the sorts.

Lime Thai Ice Tea – My gringo tongue was too used to the creamy Thai version. This was just too tangy for me.
Vietnamese Fish Sauce Chicken Wings – not specifically Thai, but the intense sweet, salty and tangy flavors created a party in my mouth!
Yam Makheua Yao – smokey grilled eggplant with tangy Thai dressing and was quite refreshing
SiiKhrong Muu Yaang – marinated, tender baby back ribs
Khao soi – Northern style mild curry noodle. Being the noodle whore that I am, this was my favorite. Who can turn down flavorful curry broth with chewy egg noodles?
Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich – interesting street style rendition with sliced bread.
Khao Niaw Mumuang (coconut sticky rice and mango) – classic and delicious!

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5 beeps!

Fish N Bowl

Fish N Bowl
7225 S Durango Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 739-3474

Fish N Bowl is the perfect lunch time getaway from the office. You get filling fusion Japanese dishes in a fun and laid back environment. Again, as big gluttonous pigs we are, we are ordered way too much food.

Creamy Uni in a spoon – You get three, creamy “butters of the sea”
Tempura Bacon – Wowsa! This was a huge plate of deep fried bacon.
Crunchy Fish Tacos – Fresh, crunchy, tangy
FNB Chirashi Bowl – Not your traditional chirashi bowl. This has a Korean inspired twist with picked veggies and marinated fish.
Garlic White Fish – Flaky, garlicky with crunchy, bright vegetables.

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p.s. No alcohol available here.