Socal Revisited

NOTE: Possibly last food blog entry until I get back into the US from my tour of Asia (HK, Thailand and Vietnam). BUT! I will take plenty of food pictures because as of right now, the only thing on my mind is all the food I am going to eat and all the fruit that is going to be in season! Yip!!

Last Night’s Location: La Paella. Maybe it was because I went in with very high expectations. We got the seafood Paella but flavors WEREN’t amazing as yelp said. I expected something that needed 30 minutes to make to have an explosion of flavors. Somehow, it just tasted like minute rice quickly mixed with some seafood and sauces…

BREAKFAST: i’ve noticed that Yi Mei has been on the top 5 on LA yelp for the past few months, so we finally made it for breakfast. tasty it is. everyone in there was getting the traditional chinese breakfast – dou jiang and you tiao. so we got the dou jiang, you tiao + cong you bing and zhu rou xiao bing. all were quite tasty

(626) 284-9306
736 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park CA 91754
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DINNER: I’ve been waiting for this for 3 wks! to Chunju Han il Kwan… we had it a couple months ago but forgot to bring a camera! here are the tasty dishes from today – squid/pork bokkeum, kimchi jigae with all kinds of yummies (spam, hot dog, daikon, kimchi), See the wonderful stew boil!, and of course the best banchan ever! their rice is made uniquely also…. everything was good, and once again, we all ate like a champ. all this food fed 2 boys and a small girl (me) very very well… oh soooo good!!!!!!!!

(213) 480-1799
3450 W 6th St #106
Los Angeles CA 90020

Chunju Han Il Kwan Sign Close Up Pan Chan Noodles Stewing Jigae IMG_9175

Food Adventures in LA, continued…

The usual trio – [resident photographer, simon] [resident analyst/thinker and event coordinator for this adventure, benny] [resident wannabe food critic, michelle]. on a beautiful sunny california day….

The day started off with the following deliciousness of Roscoe’s chicken and waffles. The boys took on a quarter chicken and two waffles, while i paced myself and only took on 1 leg, 1 waffle and 1 biscuit.

(323) 934-4405
5006 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 91770
Fried Chicken
CONCLUSION: chicken good, waffle good, in combination pretty good. so good that we’ll go back? *shrug* good to try at least once

After “exercise” at D&B’s (shooting hoops, wannabe ddr game Stomp, and extreme car racing), we went to Nem Nuong Ninh Hoi for the following deliciousness. This bun beo was a little different than usual – it came with a flavorful baby crouton like bit)
Banh Beo
The goi coun was really yummy. we got the one with nem and a very crunchy and addicting piece of fried shrimp to give a crunch with every bite and and orangy-looking sauce (yet to figure out its consistency)
Goi Cuon

Nem Nuong Ninh Hoi
(626) 286-3370
9016 Mission Dr
Rosemead CA 91770

CONCLUSION: I’ll soooooooo go back. got to try the bun bo hue next

After wandering around like high schoolers with nothing to do but loiter in monterey park because there is nothing else to do but eat or drink and going to three 99 ranches on the hunt for gu dao iced green tea, we head over to Little Fat Sheep. the fish balls filled with meat, pig blood rice cakes and egg wrapped dumplings are a must try.

(626) 282-1089
120 South Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park CA 91754
Herb Hot Pot
CONCLUSION: I favor this over the more americanized Jazz Cat. at little fat sheep you can order more variety and share it with a yummy slightly herbal-ish broth. (p.s. 10/17/12 – After driving past this summer, we believe the owners have changed and it is no longer called Little Fat Sheep. Sad Face.)

Oh… we’re not done, yet. We ended the day with this refreshing concoction at Shau Mei. for only $3.95, you get to choose 4 sides. in this case – oatmeal, mochi balls, grass jelly and mango…

104 N Garfield Ave
Monterey Park CA 91754
Taiwanese Style Shaved Ice
CONCLUSION: no doubt… we always go back here.

THE END. tho… we almost went next door to Phoenix.

Tune in for more food adventures after my boards in two weeks. Addresses of restaurants given upon request… ha ha…