Asian Food and Cooking

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    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

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    January 10, 2013

    Soy Tofu: Tofu or Not Tofu

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

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    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 >>

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Food

    August 9, 2012

    Van's Restaurant Is Off the Wall

    [Hole In the Wall] This Little Saigon classic makes the best bánh xeo around—just prepare to get messy

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Three New Vietnamese Restaurants Open

    They always seems to come in bunches don't they: Vietnamese restaurants. In the past couple of weeks I've observed not one, not two but three new Vietnamese restaurants opening in our fair county. And those are just the ones I know about. Who knows what brand spanking, new businesses have sproute ... More >>

  • Food

    July 26, 2012

    KoKo Chicken and BBQ Is a Better KFC

    [Hole In the Wall] This Buena Park Korean pub makes the best fried chicken in Orange County

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    July 12, 2012

    MaDee Thai Kitchen Is the Lou Gehrig of Thai Cooking

    [Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa restaurant stays with the safe to be great

  • Food

    June 28, 2012

    Sit Like a Shogun at Honda-Ya

    The Tustin haunt brings its formidable brand and izakaya food to Fullerton

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Five Signs You May Have a Sriracha Problem

    When it comes to Sriracha love, almost anything goes. Sriracha lollipops, Sriracha keychains, Sriracha spray bottles--all accepted and applauded. But beware, cock sauce fiends--there is a line. Crossing it may lead to disastrous consequences (usually in the bathroom).  We're here to help. Here ... More >>

  • Food

    May 17, 2012

    Pho Bo Vang, Ann's Pho & Teriyaki and Maison de Pho and the Closing of the Pho Frontier

    A pho proliferation in South OC bodes well for the assimilation of Vietnamese food

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    May 11, 2012

    10 Great Thai Restaurants in Orange County (and Long Beach)

    For this list of ten great Thai restaurants, not only have I included those from Long Beach (a non-OC city that's always been under this paper's jurisdiction), but also some Thai-Cambodian, some Thai-Laotian, and even a Thai-sushi hybrid, because if variety is the spice of life, then why not even mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Allerto's Mexican-Indian Comida is All-Halal All The Time!

    Go to Allerto's if you're in the area, and you're craving Mexican and/or Indian food. Some might feel like they're making a pit stop on a road trip when entering the 24-hour restaurant. It's probably because it doubles up, with no barrier, to a gas station store. There are about a dozen small tables ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    VIDEO: Ramen Gets Set on Fire at Kyoto Restaurant

    I just returned from an awesome trip to Japan, home of sakura blossoms, crazy vending machines, maid cafes, kawaii adorableness, Pocky and ramen--so much ramen. I slurped my weight in noodly goodness. Oh, pork broth and soft-boiled soy sauce egg, how I love thee. The most unique ramen experienc ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Ten Great Indian and South Asian Restaurants in Orange County

    What a shame the county line lies where it does; the best Indian restaurants in SoCal lie just five minutes from Buena Park, La Palma and Cypress, yet they're in Artesia, squarely in Squid Ink territory. Damn. Still, we have some good contenders, from Afghan to Southern Indian; it's just a tragedy t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    10 Great Japanese Restaurants in Orange County

    ​For this list of Japanese restaurants, we intentionally left out the sushi bars, because, well, we already did that list. We also shut out the ramen joints, teppanyakis, and yakinikus because, well, we still want to do those lists. But you can certainly have ramen and sushi, even a Californi ... More >>

  • Food

    March 15, 2012

    Namastey India Chaat Up the Haters

    [Hole In the Wall] This Buena Park Indian restaurant is leading the city's subcontinental renaissance

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    March 14, 2012

    On the Line: 'Sushi Dave' Fernandez of Sushi At the Venetian Gentlemen's Club, Part Two

    ​Our conversation continues, as Dave craves corned beef and pastrami across the street at Roscoe's Famous Deli. I realize this is probably his breakfast, lunch and even dinner (based on how busy he was in part one). If we didn't have places to be, I probably would've asked about the next destinati ... More >>

  • Food

    March 8, 2012

    Pho Binh Sells Vietnamese Taquitos?

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana restaurant sells pho, bun and other Vietnamese faves to a Latino clientele

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    February 24, 2012

    Ten Great Vietnamese Restaurants in Orange County

    ​Pity the other publications in the stable o' stallions that is Village Voice Media, because they have to come up with a list like this, too--and they don't have Little Saigon sitting smack dab in the middle of their publication area. How do we choose from the hundreds--yes, multiple hundreds--of ... More >>

  • Food

    February 23, 2012

    Ramen Yamadaya Offers Oink Noodle

    The first OC restaurant of this LA titan simmers the piggiest soup in Costa Mesa

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    February 17, 2012

    Huong Giang Is Hue Great

    [Hole In the Wall] This Little Saigon standard excels with the dishes of Central Vietnam

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Q&A With Jiro Dreams of Sushi Director David Gelb

    Magnolia Pictures​The other night, I had the chance to attend a Los Angeles screening of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the documentary about 85-year-old Jiro Ono, who is considered by many to be the greatest sushi chef in the world. In a way, the film can be described as 81 minutes of food porn (that fatt ... More >>

  • Food

    January 26, 2012

    Hoa Sen Serves Cheatin' Chicken

    [Hole In the Wall] The Garden Grove Vietnamese dive sells fake meats even a Midwesterner could love

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    January 23, 2012

    Irvine Loses One Vietnamese Restaurant; Gains Another

    Edwin Goei​The latter half of last year saw three new Vietnamese restaurants opening in Irvine, with Pho So 1, La Pho, and Pho Saigon Pearl vying for the wallets and mouths of the rice noodle-slurping public. It continues this year as The Irvine Company revealed that at least one more Vietnamese r ... More >>

  • Food

    January 12, 2012

    Tamarind of London Offers Curry for the Cultured

    This Newport Coast eatery introduces great Indian cuisine to the rich folks

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    January 6, 2012

    10 Great Sushi Restaurants in Orange County

    ​You don't put out a Top Ten list of sushi joints in OC and not inspire some discussion. I'd be disappointed if this one didn't. So the comment board is open for objections, inclusions and even agreement on the ten we've chosen.Without further ado, the list:

  • Food

    January 5, 2012

    Gen Korean BBQ Makes You Wait for Your Meat

    The wait is long, but the rewards are great at this Tustin hot spot

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    On the Line: Chris Kim of Rolling Sushi Van, Part Three

    ​Our luxe lonchera love for Rolling Sushi Van ends with langostino. Ask Chris Kim for his sushi rice recipe, and you're good to go. If you would like to see a particular chef featured in On the Line, drop us a line note, and we'll see what we can do. To check out more of our interview, part two ca ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    On the Line: Chris Kim of Rolling Sushi Van, Part Two

    ​Our sushi entrepreneur continues rolling out answers as we learn more about Chris Kim's biggest influence, as well as how honey factors into a perfect dish. His no-nonsense interview begins in part one. If you're curious about his recommended dishes, stick around tomorrow for some langostino.Hard ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Introducing Mitsuwa Irvine's Other Food Court Vendors That's Not Santouka

    ​As you compete for seats at the new Irvine Mitsuwa Marketplace's tiny, tiny excuse of a food court, there are three other food vendors who hope that you're not just there for the ramen at Santouka.Here is a brief rundown of who they are and what they offer.

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    December 23, 2011

    10 Great Korean Restaurants in Orange County

    Edwin Goei​This list was a difficult one. How to just pick 10 restaurant out of the rich bevy of delights found at our Korean District? Or the burgeoning centers of Korean cultures in Buena Park and Irvine? No list could ever be definitive enough to be absolutely conclusive or comprehensive enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Excellent Sushi in Yorba Linda--Yes, Yorba Linda

    Dave Lieberman​One of the best things about writing about food in Orange County is the discovery of something great in a really out-of-the-way place. If you'd asked me what there was to eat in Yorba Linda, I'd have stammered something about the Wild Artichoke and are you sure you can't get to Plac ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain's Comic Book Now On Pre-Order! Yes, I Said Comic Book.​Anthony Bourdain. Chef. Author. Travel show host. Novelist. And now a comic book creator?! The man who seems to say everything and do everything (His new show The Layover premiered a month ago) has written a graphic novel about "a renegade and ruthless sushi chef, known to decapitate pa ... More >>

  • Food

    November 24, 2011

    Yosuke Sushi Says Yes, No, Amaebi

    This Anaheim Hills Japanese restaurant has it all, from live sweet shrimp to teriyaki served in hubcap-sized combo plates

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    October 20, 2011

    Fast Food Sushi vs. Supermarket Sushi

    Edwin GoeiSushi Boy's Sushi​ Fast food sushi. If there's a better food oxymoron out there, I think it'd have to be "veggie burgers". But that's disingenuous of me to say. I've actually enjoyed more "fast food sushi" than veggie burgers. Most of the time, it's Sushi Boy; not usually for the sushi, ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Sushi Box Is Teriyaki-rific

    [Hole In the Wall] Elevating the placing of grilled meat on top of rice to an art form

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    September 22, 2011

    Sutha Thai Kitchen's Salad Days

    [Hole In the Wall] This Tustin Thai restaurant, while delicious, wants to offer more

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    September 20, 2011

    Report (and Photos) From Last Night's Dos Lime Pop-Up

    Meg Strouse/OC WeeklyCrispy-skin salmon with orange couscous, watermelon, mango and tomatillo sauce.​See Meg Strouse's slideshow of last night's Dos Lime dinner here!We've never understood what led Jason Quinn and Hop Phan to open food trucks, other than lower startup costs, but whatever the motiv ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Diamond Jamboree To Get a Pho Restaurant

    Edwin Goei​Well that was quick. Greek Islands Cuisine has only been closed less than a month and already Diamond Jamboree has another tenant lined up to take its place--a pho joint. Pho Saigon Pearl will be the first and, so far, the only Vietnamese restaurant to make its mark in the predomin ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Mitsuwa's Hokkaido Food Fair Starts Tomorrow

    Edwin Goei​ I went to lunch at Costa Mesa's Mitsuwa yesterday and saw booths already being set up for the market's annual Hokkaido Fair, a veritable celebration of Japanese food (particularly those from Hokkaido).

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