Suffering through a horrid cold, I thought I'd sample two healthy-ish frozen, microwaveable curries, to try to clear out the sinuses.First up: Trader Joe's Chicken Vindaloo.Now, as much as I love TJ's, I've had pre-packaged frozen entrées from them before, and, suffice to say, they were not a ... More >>
Edwin GoeiBreaking news: according to a fascinating LA Times article, someone has invented kimchi that doesn't stink. Now, I didn't know kimchi stink was even a problem, let alone one that needed fixing. To me, the Korean side-dish of Napa cabbage pickled in garlic, chili and ginger does not po ... More >>
I don't think so. For just a tenner you get two courses: a starter of either soup or salad, then an entrée from a choice of five (including chicken curry, tandoori chicken and veggie options such as saag paneer). Plus rice, vegetables and proper naan bread! Stitch that, Olde Ship, with your pita-ma ... More >>
The chicken tikka masala at the Olde Ship in SanTana? Two moist, slightly grilled chicken skewers coated with a thick tikka masala sauce. On top of a large mound of succulent jasmine rice with peas. Ramekins of a curry sauce that worked this time and yogurt more sour cream than raita. As good as you ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI've never been so relieved in being so wrong. As it turns out, Asian Mint at the District has no affiliation whatsoever with the Asian Mint's in Texas, as I previously guessed. It is, in fact, a straight-up Vietnamese restaurant, not a Thai-sushi hybrid like their Lone Star Stat ... More >>
A candidate for Stuff White People Like...Of all of America's wonderful ethnic cuisines, the New York Times understands Vietnamese creations the least. Last month or so, the Gray Lady published a piece on how Vietnamese-American chefs in New York were reinventing the bánh mì, an article that appea ... More >>
George's (Santa Ana) is a local fave of ours, not just for the decent Thai food but also for the counter-side eating (complete with corner TV) and ice-cold Singha beer. Plus which, portions are always big enough for two meals (dinner, plus lunch straight from the fridge the next day).But then there' ... More >>
You know times are tough when even a standard like Kappo Suzumaru in Tustin, still one of the better examples of serving serious Japanese food and sushi, was near empty on a Thursday night like yesterday. I've patronized this place for years, usually Thursdays for purely coincidental reasons, and ha ... More >>
OK. I'll admit it. I go to Yoshinoya....a lot. As a kid, my parents decided that their beef and teriyaki chicken bowls were a better alternative than McDonald's or Burger King. And as with anything one grows up with, it's a comfort food that's hard to shake.
Also, it's cheap. It has ... More >>
Reuters had an enlightening article today about how in Thailand, authentic Thai food is endangered because of "changing tastes wrought by globalization." And most lamentably "culinary shortcuts (that) have ended up changing Thai flavors, and placing some dishes in danger of extinction altogether." ... More >>
Everything that Edwin wrote about Hamamori in South Coast Plaza earlier this year is true--the sushi is creative and stunning (and, quite frankly, worth it), the sashimi a bit pricier but also divine, the entrees decadent. One appetizer he didn't mention, however, were the rock shrimp tempura with a ... More >>
Have you noticed something lately? Izakayas -- the Japanese equivalent to the gastro-pub, tapas house, and neighborhood bar all wrapped up into one -- are popping up all over O.C.
So many izakayas have opened lately, in fact, that the trend is obvious: Izakaya is the new sushi.
Last year, Takashi ... More >>
Tokyo Table, the first restaurant of many at the new Diamond Jamboree in Irvine, will have its grand opening tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, at 5 P.M.
The restaurant's already got two outlets in L.A. County (Beverly Hills and Arcadia).
Other than the usual roster of rolls, teriyaki and tempura, ... More >>
Throw a stick anywhere in Westminster and it'll hit a pho joint. Not so in Irvine, where Vietnamese restaurants are as rare as the slices of steak in the soup they serve. At my last count, there are exactly five eateries that serve this foul-weather food.
The stalwarts are the two Pho Bac Ky's ... More >>