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Asian Food and Cooking

  • Food

    April 3, 2014

    Samurai Burrito: The Subway of Sushi

    This Fountain Valley restaurant makes sushi burritos and sushi nachos

  • Food

    February 13, 2014

    Pho Crystal Noodle House: Pho for Mexicans

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana restaurant specializes in pho for a Latino clientele—but it's still great

  • Food

    January 23, 2014

    Atun Is the Warhol of Raw Fish

    This Long Beach restaurant does artful sushi and even better yakitori

  • Food

    January 16, 2014

    Honda-Ya Box: Costa Japan

    [Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa restaurant is the first outpost of the Japanese pub chain to specialize in fast food

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Pho America

    For years after moving to Long Beach, I stayed away from Pho America. It sounds silly now, but no matter how much I was craving delicious beef broth, I just couldn't bring myself to walk inside a place that I was convinced by its very mention of America had to be bastardizing the integrity what it s ... More >>

  • Food

    December 19, 2013

    Seoulmate Serves Pork Stew for the Seoul

    The Long Beach restaurant makes good Korean-Mexican burritos, but its best dish is pure Korean mom food

  • Food

    December 5, 2013

    Lanta Thai Fusion: Four Courses

    [Hole In the Wall] This Orange restaurant offers a refined experience but doesn't water down the grub

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Ten Great All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants in OC

    If you want to eat all you can at an all-you-can-eat in Orange County, there will be a lot of Indian, a lot of sushi, and a lot of Korean BBQs. This list has more than a few of each. But there are non-Indian, non-KBBQ, non-sushi options, too...just not that many. Share your favorite spots for glutt ... More >>

  • Food

    November 21, 2013

    Long Hai: Beyond Little Saigon

    [Hole In the Wall] This Tustin restaurant offers great Vietnamese food far from the enclave

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    5 Great Vietnamese Soups That Aren't Pho

    When you think Vietnamese cuisine, it's no question that pho comes to mind, and it's completely reasonable that it does. However, it'd be a shame to miss out on other Vietnamese soups that, though blood brothers of California's favorite soup, play on completely different flavors, smells, and texture ... More >>

  • Food

    November 7, 2013

    White Wasabi: What's a Wasachio?

    The Long Beach restaurant does crudo and other things that make it distinctive, even if it looks like every other sushi bar

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Miyabi Shabu Shabu Takes Over Sushilicious Space

    As we mentioned here several months ago, a new Japanese grill and shabu shabu called Miyabi was going to take over the space left over by Sushilicious across the street from IVC. Now that restaurant has opened. The only change appears to be that the shabu shabu part has taken top billing: the place ... More >>

  • Food

    October 10, 2013

    Seasons of Japan: East Meets South

    This Irvine restaurant shows how people from Georgia like their Japanese food

  • Food

    October 10, 2013

    Spice India: Buffet Your Day

    [Hole In the Wall] This Lake Forest restaurant offers a great selection of Indian standards and rarities

  • Food

    August 29, 2013

    Thai This Now: Coconut Rabbit

    Is the still-undiscovered Los Alamitos restaurant the best of its country's cuisine in OC since Thai Nakorn?

  • Food

    August 15, 2013

    Bangkok Spice: The Persistence of Thai

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant serves Thai standards, with a few surprises

  • Food

    August 8, 2013

    H2O Sushi & Izakaya Is Not for Sushi Snobs

    Hipster sushi at the Triangle in Costa Mesa

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Marche Moderne Bouilabaisse, OC Fair, and More!

    Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Banh Mi Che Cali Continues Domination

    Banh Mi Che Cali, the banh mi shop that is most known for its buy-two-get-the-third sandwich deal, is continuing its OC domination. It started when it took over a big, empty spot that used to house several failed iterations of Chinese restaurant on Harbor in Fullerton. It turned it into a restaurant ... More >>

  • Food

    June 13, 2013

    Is Eleven46 Kitchen the Chipotle of Vietnamese Cuisine?

    This Foothill Ranch restaurant cooks great food, but it may need to readjust its operational model

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Japanese Gourmet Fair Starts Tomorrow At Mitsuwa Costa Mesa; Lasts Till Sunday

    Ah, Mitsuwa. Where would we be without your occasional food fairs. This week sees one of the bigger ones of the year. It's plainly called "Japanese Gourmet Fair" but for all intents and purposes, it's just an excuse to pull out the takoyaki booth they have in storage. I saw them already getting it r ... More >>

  • Food

    May 16, 2013

    Pho Quyen: Absolutely Sweet Little Saigon

    [Hole In the Wall] This Westminster spot makes good pho, but go for the to-go specials

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Sriracha-Flavored Lay's Loses To Cheesy-Garlic Bread Flavor in Potato Chip Contest

    In an upset victory, Cheesy Garlic Bread has triumphed over Sriracha in Lay's Potato Chips "Do Us A Flavor" contest. Short of saying that this might indicate that the Sriracha craze has finally ebbed, we actually never got to taste any of the three finalists...so Cheesy Garlic Bread might have actua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    On The Line: Hiro Noguchi Of Sushi Noguchi, Part One

    Hiro Noguchi may have required a translator to answer our questionnaire, but we shared a rapport over his omakase menu one afternoon. While skittish about dining on fresh coronet (pictured), it quickly became apparent that Noguchi would be our sushi hero, saving us from Americanized rolls and introd ... More >>

  • Food

    May 2, 2013

    Urban Seoul's Bulgogi Nation

    This Irvine restaurant is the latest Kogi knock-off, but it's a damn great one

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Mama Hong's, New Vietnamese Restaurant, Opens in Costa Mesa

    I've lost track of how many iterations of pho joint has occupied the space at 3013 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa. A few years ago I ate at one called Pho 99, which at the time was part of a larger chain. That restaurant has since become a blip in the timeline, replaced by another pho restaurant. But w ... More >>

  • Food

    April 25, 2013

    Hue Oi: Boiling Down to the Basics

    This Hue-style joint is one of Little Saigon's best places for bánh bèo and bún bò hue

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Trader Joe's Now Has Its Own Sriracha

    See Also: *Five Signs You May Have A Sriracha Problem *Introducing Sriracha Lip Balm *INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Things You Should Know About Sriracha Trader Joe's has tried its hand at packaged Asian cuisine with varying levels of success. Its Punjab choley? Tasty. Its beef pho? Why?!But its ballsiest creati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Number Nine

    Sorry to all the animal-lovers out there, but "vegetarian pho" is definitely an oxymoron, so much so that the very association of it with Long Beach's Number Nine has left many avoiding the place despite its convenient location on Fourth Street's Retro Row. But a recent lunch with a vegetarian broug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Meiji Seimen, New Noodle Shop, Opens in Costa Mesa

    Costa Mesa is OC's ramen country. We know this for a fact. But ramen isn't the only noodle game in town. There's also soba and udon, to name just a few other slurpable options. But so far, if I recall correctly, there's only one notable from-scratch udon maker in town: Sanukiseimen at the Mitsuwa Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Banh Mi Che Cali Opens Gigantic Restaurant in Fullerton Next To Lee's Sandwiches; Let The Banh Mi Battle Begin!

    A banh mi turf war is brewing in Fullerton. Banh Mi Che Cali, which we've written about here on these blogs and featured on our Best Of lists, Favorite Dishes lists, and lists of other lists, has opened what has to be their biggest, most gigantic store yet...and this one also serves pho in an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Eleven46, New Vietnamese Restaurant in Foothill Ranch, Offers Beignets!

    A new Vietnamese restaurant in isn't news, especially in South County, the new pho frontier. But a Vietnamese restaurant that serves beignets in South County? You don't see that everyday.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Revolving Sushi Restaurant To Open in Fashion Island

    Up to now, the closest thing to a sushi bar you could get at Fashion Island was Hana Grill at the food court. Blue C Sushi will change this soon. It is a revolving sushi joint where the plates of sushi roll by on a conveyor belt, just as it does at all the other kaiten sushi restaurants in our count ... More >>

  • Food

    February 14, 2013

    Thanh Ha's Crepe Expectations

    The Vietnamese crepes at this Westminster restaurant are a worthy challenger to those at the venerable Van's Restaurant

  • Food

    February 7, 2013

    Buns N Rice: The Chosun Ones

    [Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa deli is slowly introducing office drones to Korean cuisine

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Sushi Boy

    The only cool thing about slaving all day at a computer buried inside one of the many faceless Irvine office parks is that one hour of freedom where you get to drive to the nearest retail corner and get a plastic plate full of fast casual ethnic food at lunch-special prices. In my glory days of boun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Kabob Curry Indian and Pakistani Food

    India and Pakistan might be right next to each other on a map, but it's not often you see them listed together on a sign for a Long Beach restaurant, much less a small, Himilayan-salt obsessed one tucked away in a storefront just off Pine Avenue and Third Street. Originally lured into the Kabob Curr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    10 Things You Must Eat in Little Saigon

    In creating this list, I asked myself this question: Where would I take out-of-town visitors to explore the wonders of our Little Saigon? And what would I have them eat? In all honesty, I came up with more than you see below. My notepad is filled with at least a dozen more tasty bits I didn't have r ... More >>

  • Food

    January 24, 2013

    Pho Song Hai's Drip In Time

    [Hole In the Wall] This Westminster pho shop sells a unique type of the legendary chicken soup

  • Food

    January 10, 2013

    Soy Tofu: Tofu or Not Tofu

    This La Palma Korean dive serves soft tofu soup to warm your bones

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Long Beach Marché in the New Long Beach Airport Concourse

    Attention: the future of airport food is here. And the best part is, it's exactly like food in the real world, down to the prices and all. I discovered it on a casual travel day a few weeks after the Long Beach Airport's new $45 million concourse began hosting passengers in early December. Hearing a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    New Izakaya Opens In Fullerton

    There's a new izakaya in Fullerton. No, not Honda Ya. That's old news. Izakaya Kopan is taking over the spot of Red Chopsticks, a pho purveyor located next to the popular sushi joint Chomp at 141 E. Commonwealth Ave.

  • Food

    November 29, 2012

    Phuong Restaurant's Viet Funk

    [Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove classic serves messy, wonderful bowls of soup and noodles

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: Maru Maki Sushi

    The restaurants near the corner of Broadway and Alamitos Avenue are an intriguing slice of Long Beach life. LGBT-catering Hamburger Mary's butts up against Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles while the dive-y Irish pub Clancy's stares at Maru Maki Sushi across the street. Unfortunately, the tiny Japane ... More >>

  • Food

    November 1, 2012

    Chaba Thai: Second

    [Hole In the Wall] This Stanton Thai joint will use any edge to lure you from Thai Nakorn

  • Food

    October 25, 2012

    Ennar Calasian Grill Puts Japan in Little Saigon

    The new izakaya takes over Xanh Bistro's old space

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Who Invented The California Roll?

    For sushi novices, it's the gateway dish. The California roll can be found everywhere from grocery-store fresh-food aisles to cafeteria menus in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Typically packed with crab or imitation crab, avocado and cucumber, then rolled "inside out," the nonthreaten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: Taste of India

    Taste of India seems to be a catch-all name for West Coast Indian restaurants, like what Ray's is to New York pizza. But unlike all the Ray's that finally came together to form one franchise chain, the Long Beach Taste of India--a tiny corner storefront across from the Willow Blue Line station--rema ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    On The Line: Geeta Bansal Of Clay Oven, Part One

    Geeta Bansal doesn't sit still. Her travel plans to visit chefs Europe are around the corner, and they've just finalized plans for another dinner collaboration-- and that's just for October. Most recently, they served wild boar at Taste of Newport. Plans to prep their signature Thanksgiving turkeys ... More >>

  • Food

    August 23, 2012

    The Mein Event: OC's Best Noodles

    Noodles, noodles everywhere, from pho to pad Thai and everything else

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