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Asian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    No. 25: Happy Hour Pho at Pho Thanh Lich

    ​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011. Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry.Dave, Edwin, Shuji and I are still pretty pho'ed out from our epic Final Pho tournament earlier this year; otherwise, the winning Pho Thanh Lich would've pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Five Things You're Doing Wrong with Japanese Food

    ​I'm just as guilty of butchering foreign word pronunciation as any American, but there are times when the media perpetuates mistakes that will make you look like a schmuck. This week--five things for you to avoid sounding like one in a Japanese restaurant.

  • Food

    August 25, 2011

    A Silver Spoon in Your Mouth

    [Hole In the Wall] The Pakistani store Irvine Halal Meat sells a great lunch buffet—and a Paki-Mexi burrito from heaven

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    A Secret History of Thai Food in Southern California

    ​By now, any true Southern Californian eats Thai food as part of their regular diet, whether at Thai Nakorn, Bangkok Taste, Siam Taste of Asia, or any of the dozens of Thai restaurants in OC and the hundreds in Southern California. But ever wonder how we became the beneficiary of so much great foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Battle Pad Thai: Thai Spice VS. Thai & Chinese Express

    Edwin GoeiThai Spice's Pad Thai​Ah, pad Thai: the gateway drug to a full-on Thai cuisine addiction. This stir-fry of humble means has not only become the national dish of Thailand, but also an emblematic representation of its culture throughout the globe. Even if you don't know much about Thailand ... More >>

  • Food

    June 2, 2011

    Banh Mi So Is a Big Buffet in Little Saigon

    [Hole In the Wall] This Vietnamese buffet in Westminster changes its dozens of offerings by the hour

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Japanese Gourmet Fair at Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa This Thursday To Sunday

    Edwin GoeiMitsuwa during their Autumn Japanese Food Festival​I was browsing Mitsuwa for exotic Kit Kats when I noticed booths being set up inside the store/food court for something big this week. Then I realized it's about the time of year for Mitsuwa's Umaimono Gourmet Fair.The food event starts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    World's Most Expensive Bowl of Pho Goes for $5,000

    Edwin Goei/OC WeeklyAnQi's basic $9 pho. Pretty good, but will $4,991 in gourmet ingredients (and some cash for charity) make it better? We would hope. ​The pho experience is anything but fancy, and that's just fine for all of us at SAFII. Tarnished napkin holders, murky ice water, tattered booths ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Ranchan Ramen & Slapfish: Lots of Luxe Loncheras Launch Lately

    ​Two new food trucks, Ranchan Ramen and SlapFish, have launched in Orange County recently.SlapFish serves sustainable seafood (they are in cahoots with the Aquarium of the Pacific) and Ranchan serves pizza Korean tacos ramen, sliders, okonomiyaki (!) and yakitori. Both showed up at Anaheim's Noble ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    The Banh Mi Burger at Pee Wee's Famous Hot Dogs

    ​I've been talking to a lot of people lately about the Vietnamese influence on Orange County's food. Everything from the fusion French-Vietnamese bistros that only seem to exist in Little Saigon to luxe loncheras like Dos Chinos who fuse Vietnamese and Mexican flavors together.Usually, the discuss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Banh Mi Cho Cu Goes "Mua 2 Tang 1"

    ​The sign above--taken under poor lighting conditions as we headed up Magnolia last night--announces news of great import for lovers of the Vietnamese sandwich: Banh Mi Cho Cu is now offering the same "buy 2, get 1 free" special for which its chief rival, Banh Mi Che Cali, is known.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Eat Here, Not There: High-End Bánh Mì

    ProfessorSalt.comVegetarian banh mi​Little Saigon has the best bánh mì shops in the nation, despite the absurd New York Times story we ridiculed here on this blog a couple months ago. Sure, the San Gabriel Valley has a few great shops, as do San Jose and a number of other Vietnamese enclaves acr ... More >>

  • Food

    April 14, 2011

    Pho Thanh Lich: The Undisputed Best Pho in OC

    [Hole In the Wall] Bow before your pho king-god and try the winner of our recent Final Pho tournament

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    On the Line: Owner Daniel Woo and Chef Greg Ong of Sushilicious, Part Three

    Kevin LaraChef Greg Ong​To conclude our time with Daniel Woo and Greg Ong of Sushilicious, today the two gents share a recipe.  If you missed the interviews, click here to read owner Daniel Woo's answers from yesterday, and click here for Chef Greg Ong's from the day before.

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    April 6, 2011

    On the Line: Owner Daniel Woo and Chef Greg Ong of Sushilicious, Part Two

    Kevin LaraChef Greg Ong​Yesterday we heard from Chef Greg Ong of Sushilicious.  Today, for Part Two, it's Daniel Woo's turn at the mic as he talks about iPods, marketing, and how the name Sushilicious came into being.Tomorrow, the guys share a recipe!Proudest moment as a restaurant owner:The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Jang Mo Gip Kimchi Big . . . in New York City?!

    We here at SaFII have long loved Jang Mo Gip, the Garden Grove Korean restaurant most famous for its soups, whether haejangguk or seolleongtang. But at the Natural Products Expo last month in Anaheim, I saw a stall advertising Mother In Law's Kimchi. I had heard about the product before but figured ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Final Pho, Semi-Final: Pho Thanh Lich vs. Pho Quang Trung

    Photo by the Elmo MonsterPho Than Lich's beautiful bowl​​Here we are: the semifinals; the Final Pho. Sixteen of Orange County's finest pho shops have been whittled down to four. The winner of today's matchup will face the winner of the Pho Thanh Lich vs. Pho Quang Trung match on Friday in the ... More >>

  • Food

    March 31, 2011

    Koba Tofu Grill Offers Lovable Lava

    This new Irvine entry in the Korean chain offers many soft-tofu soups that burn and roil, but, boy, are they delish!

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Final Pho, Semi-Final Round: Pho Nguyen Hue vs. Brodard Chateau

    Pho Nguyen Hue's chicken pho​​Here we are: the semifinals; the Final Pho. Sixteen of Orange County's finest pho shops have been whittled down to four. The winner of today's matchup will face the winner of the Pho Thanh Lich vs. Pho Quang Trung match on Friday in the championship to declare the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Final Pho, Round 2: Pho 86 vs. Pho Quang Trung

    Pho Quang Trung's "grab bag o' beef" pho​​Welcome to OC Weekly's Final Pho. Sixteen pho shops chosen from the more than 100 in the county; four critics who know what the pho makes a good bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The chosen 16 will face off in each of our brackets, two by two. Today, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Final Pho Round 2: Pho Thanh Lich vs. Quan Hop

    ProfessorSalt.comQuon Hop's rare filet mignon "onside" with its cup of cooking broth​​Welcome to OC Weekly's Final Pho. Sixteen pho shops chosen from the more than 100 in the county; four critics who know what the pho makes a good bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The chosen 16 will face off in ea ... More >>

  • Food

    March 24, 2011

    Saigon Bakery: OC's Banh Mi Champeen?

    [Hole In the Wall] This Westminster eatery specializes in the Vietnamese sandwich and other baked goodies.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Final Pho Round 2: Benley vs. Brodard Chateau

    Edwin GoeiBrodard Chateau's Pho​​Welcome to OC Weekly's Final Pho. Sixteen pho shops chosen from the more than 100 in the county; four critics who know what the pho makes a good bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The chosen 16 will face off in each of our brackets, two by two. The next match-up in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Final Pho Round 2: Pho Dakao vs. Pho Nguyen Hue

    Just like the marquee says!​​Here we go, folks: Round 2 of our epic Final Pho tournament, where Dave, Edwin, Shuji, and Gustavo each picked four pho restaurants in a 16-team fight to determine who is the pho king of Little Saigon--and therefore, the United States. Now comes the brutal matches, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Final Pho, Round 1: Pho 79 vs. Pho 86

    Pho 79's pho tai nam ve gan gau--rare and well-done beef, flank, brisket and tendons​​Welcome to OC Weekly's Final Pho. Sixteen pho shops chosen from the more than 100 in the county; four critics who know what the pho makes a good bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The chosen 16 will face off in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2011

    Final Pho Round 1: Pho Thang Long vs. Quan Hop

    ProfessorSalt.comQuan Hop's Pho Hop Tai Onside​​Welcome to OC Weekly's Final Pho. Sixteen pho shops chosen from the more than 100 in the county; four critics who know what the pho makes a good bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The chosen 16 will face off in each of our brackets, two by two. The ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    Final Pho Round 1: Brodard Chateau vs. S Vietnamese Fine Dining

    Edwin GoeiBrodard Chateau's Pho​​Welcome to OC Weekly's Final Pho. Sixteen pho shops chosen from the more than 100 in the county; four critics who know what the pho makes a good bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The chosen 16 will face off in each of our brackets, two by two. The next match-up has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Final Pho Round 1: Pho Hien Vuong vs. Pho Nguyen Hue

    Pho Hien Vuong: OC's OG pho?​​Welcome to OC Weekly's Final Pho. Sixteen pho shops chosen from the more than 100 in the county; four critics who know what the pho makes a good bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The chosen 16 will face off in each of our brackets, two by two. Now, Gustavo's final ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Final Pho, Round 1: Pho Kimmy vs. Pho Quang Trung

    Dave LiebermanPho Kimmy's pho dac biet​​Welcome to OC Weekly's Final Pho. Sixteen pho shops chosen from the more than 100 in the county; four critics who know what the pho makes a good bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The chosen 16 will face off in each of our brackets, two by two. Today's match ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Nuclear Meltdown Might Cause Sushi Shortage

    ynetnews.com​With as many sushi restaurants as we have in Orange County, the possibility of a sushi shortage after the tsunami disaster hadn't crossed my mind until this story in Israel's Ynet Business News. It's true that nearly all the hamachi sold is farm-raised and most likely routed through J ... More >>

  • Food

    March 17, 2011

    Punjabi Tandoor Is Nom Nom Nirvana

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant does wonderful interpretations of Northern India cuisine

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Final Pho Round 1: Pho Thanh Lich vs. Pho Vinh Ky II

    ProfessorSalt.comPho Thanh Lich's Pho Dac Biet​​Four pho shops face off in each of our brackets, two by two. For today's bout, two of Little Saigon's old-school heavyweights square off and trade body blows until only one leaves the ring alive. In the red green corner--Pho Thanch Lich, last year' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Final Pho Round 1: AnQi vs. Benley

    ​Second match in our 16-restaurant tournament to determine once and for all who sells the best pho in Orange County. Tune in tomorrow for Shuji 's showdown!In an earlier review of the place, I summarized Benley as a Vietnamese restaurant for the non-Vietnamese. I even went so far as to warn anyon ... More >>

  • Food

    March 10, 2011

    Habuya Represents the Perfect Prefecture

    This Tustin dive dazzles as the first Okinawan restaurant in Orange County

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Announcing OC Weekly's First-Ever Final Pho!

    Dave Lieberman​If you are a sports fan, you are looking forward to the coming NCAA Division I basketball tournament, famously known as March Madness and the Final Four. If you are a fan of Vietnamese food, you love pho, the legendary beef (sometimes chicken, sometimes turkey, sometimes fish, somet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Fish Pho

    ProfessorSalt.comTake the hint​When an ethnic restaurant specializes in a particular thing--say, a Cantonese barbecue restaurant--you'll know the specialty of the house because it's proudly displayed the moment you set food inside. In the example of that Cantonese-roasted-meats specialist, they'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle North Indian Versus South Indian Lunch Buffets!

    Traditions in Tustin​Soup Plantation, Hometown Buffet and Vegas are what dominate the mainstream conversations about restaurant buffets. But in Orange County, of course, the best ones are Indian, especially around lunch time: India Cook House, Clay Oven, Haveli, and many more. North Indian-style b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    New York Times Names the Best Bánh Mìs in America--and Not One is From Little Saigon

    Flickr user svensk​The New York Times' coverage of Vietnamese food has always been laughable--who can ever forget its decade-late feature on Sriracha or it declaring 2009 the "year of the bánh mì" (while neglecting to mention Little Saigon among the nation's Vietnamese enclaves) about seven year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Naked Sashimi Shunned in South Africa

    Flickr user Ko_An​ South Africa's ruling party has proclaimed that eating sashimi off a semi-nude model's body is officially offensive. Known in Japan as nyotaimori, the practice involves a nude female model lying supine, her lady-parts covered discreetly with leaves or other garnish on which raw ... More >>

  • Food

    February 3, 2011

    Cafe Lotus Lives La Vie Vietnamese in Newport

    With great French and Vietnamese offerings, this place is better-suited for Little Saigon than the Hoag Hospital crowd

  • Food

    January 27, 2011

    Bistro Anju Has an Iron Chef

    Hideki Saito weathers drunkards and the clueless alike at his Laguna Niguel eatery to deliver greatness

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Washington Post Thinks Higher-End Pho Is a Revelation--HAHAHAHA!

    Photo by Das Ubergeek​What is it about the national media that gets Vietnamese-food trends laughably late and wrong? If it's not The New York Times "discovering" Sriracha and bánh mì, it's the Washington Post devoting way too many words to some D.C.-area chefs who, as the headline puts it, "put ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! Which Thai Restaurants are Authentic Thai, and Which are Americanized?

    ​From my cousin Plas:We love that Thai place (Win Thai). Do you consider that "American Thai" or "good Thai."Ah, Win Thai Cuisine in Anaheim: across the street from Norms, behind a car wash, in the Thai Corner section of Anacrime--and the first restaurant I ever reviewed. The place sells its pinea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Eat Here, Not There: Bánh Mì for the Los Angeles Crowd, Or: More Reasons to Hate on Red Medicine

    In some ways, I wish they kept this idiocy...​Last night, I traveled to Los Angeles to dine at Rivera, the fabulous restaurant that spans Latin America and is the latest stunner by John Sedlar, the last of the Southwestern-cuisine Mohicans. I was there to interview Sedlar for my coming book, and I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    How to Tell You're Being "Whited" at a Restaurant and What to Do About It

    Dave Lieberman​I was eating lunch at Pho Quang Trung in Garden Grove last week--a very, very good pho shop, on par with some of the best pho in our pho-crazed county--and it was jammed full of Vietnamese families out for lunch on New Year's Eve. Little Saigon was hopping in general, and it seemed ... More >>

  • Food

    December 23, 2010

    Nina's Indian British Grocery Stocks the Commonwealth Cupboard

    [Hole In the Wall] Indian, South African, Pakistani, even Sri Lankan specialties abound at this Lake Forest shop

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Guess Where I Ate; Win A Prize!

    ​Ah, pad Thai for the American palate: super-sweet, super-oily, the hard-shell taco of Asian cuisine. The restaurant where I ate this is the epitome of that type of Thai restaurant, one so tuned to the American palate they don't even sell green papaya salad, like a proper Thai restaurant should. G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Heather Graham, Hollywood Honey, Stars In Korean Food Travel Show

    ​Rollergirl a.k.a. Felicity Shagwell a.k.a. Hollywood bombshell Heather Graham is going to Korea to film a food show tentatively called Kimchi Chronicles. Don't quite get the connection between this glamorous star and kimchi or Korean food? Well, remember that 2008 series that had Gwyneth Paltro ... More >>

  • Food

    December 2, 2010

    Thanh Tam Is a Corner Bakery

    [Hole In the Wall] Visit this Garden Grove Vietnamese star for big bánh mìs

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Get Your Bukkake On In Fountain Valley

    Dave LiebermanPrior to toppings...​I have a confession to make. I only ate at O-Udon because I happened past their menu online and saw bukkake udon. I know what they meant, and it's a perfectly normal, non-perverted usage of the term, but the inner thirteen-year-old Mike Judge character in me ("ah ... More >>

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