East Asia

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    Hello Kitty Food Truck In Irvine NEXT WEEK!

    Dim sum at Capital Seafood and soju key lime margaritas from Urban Seoul 2.0 are a couple of reasons why we visit the Irvine Spectrum. Yet the one you should get excited about this month involves a cat little girl. We broke the news earlier this month about the creation of the first Hello Kitty Caf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Eat This Now: Pork Chop Rice at Popcorn Chicken

    The new restaurant called Popcorn Chicken doesn't serve just those spice-dusted morsels of fried poultry you chomp in between sips of boba milk tea. The popcorn chicken is just a springboard to all manner of fried things the restaurant has behind its glass display case--things that include calamari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    On the Line: Shirley Chung of TWENTY EIGHT, Part One

    Shirley Chung is one busy chef. You may recognize Chung from her stint on Top Chef: New Orleans. Yesterday she wrapped up a cooking demo at the inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. Now her focus is on the final touches to get TWENTY EIGHT ready for opening in October. This week, she make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Kingchops, Taiwanese Pork Chop Specialist, To Open in Irvine

    I think I've dubbed Irvine O.C.'s unofficial Taiwan Town before. But I'll say it again now, because along with the recent Taiwanese additions such as the second Class 302 at the Irvine Marketplace, Meet Fresh at Diamond Jamboree, and so many others I don't feel like listing because I'm actually unde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Soju Key Lime Margarita at Urban Seoul 2.0, Our Drink of the Week!

    To a high school student, the term "2.0" might mean a "C" grade average; in the context of restaurants, "2.0" references the sophomore effort of an establishment. The opening of the first Urban Seoul in Irvine's Diamond Jamboree plaza presented the notion that Korean cuisine (if we're overanalyzing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    This Is How You're Supposed To Eat Sushi

    I, like most people my age, started eating sushi in high school, as part of a little Otaku streak. I just kind of picked it up, dunked in soy sauce, and avoided wasabi/horseradish whenever I could. Thankfully, I don't do that anymore. For those of you who still do, here's a great instructional vid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Japan's Most Intense Noodle Challenge Has You Eat Hundreds of Bowls in Under 10 Minutes

    Think you love noodles? How many tiny bowl of noodles could you eat (think miso soup bowls)? 10? 20? Could you break 100? Well, if you think you could break a hundred, Japan's got the perfect challenge for you. The wankosoba challenge is an eating challenge hailing from the Iwate prefecture of nort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Irvine Korean Cultural Festival This Saturday!

    This Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the City of Irvine will host its annual Irvine Korean Festival at City Hall. This is the fifth year of the event. Just like the other years, admission and parking will be free. There will be traditional Korean dance and two K-Pop dance competitions, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    McDonald's Japan's 'McChurros' Looks Suspiciously Like Chinese Donuts

    I'm going to assume that churros aren't really common place in Japan, which is why McDonald's Japan can get away with calling their new dessert item a McChurro when it's obviously just a chinese donut (the youtiao/dầu cháo quẩy kind, not the puffy sugar donut kind). But hey, it's a Chinese don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    On the Line: Eddie Choi of Milk Honey, Part Two

    There's just enough time for a little more Q & A with Eddie. Read our interview with Eddie Choi of Milk Honey, part one. And now, on to part two . . . Hardest lesson you've learned. Never be lazy. Do what you got to do, and don't move it to tomorrow. There's always consequences to what you do, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 9, 2014

    The Peking Acrobats

    Carpenter Performing Arts Center

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Watch Out, America: China to Be Second-Largest Importer of Tequila by 2018

    You hear all that buzz about China taking over the world? About it becoming the largest economy on Earth, about it taking over all our industries slowly but surely, about every corporation on Earth rushing to the Middle Kingdom to tap into its billion-plus population? It's happening to tequila, too: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Wild Style Director Charles Ahearn on the Film's 30th Anniversary DVD

    Today, famed iconic early hip-hop film Wild Style returns with a dazzling new 30th anniversary digital remaster on an incredibly detailed and loaded-with-extras double-DVD! We spoke to director Charles Ahearn, who also recently launched the brand new hyper-detailed and multi-faceted Wild Style websi ... More >>

  • Food

    October 10, 2013

    Seasons of Japan: East Meets South

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

  • Calendar

    October 10, 2013

    Japan Fair

    OC Fairgrounds

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Mitsuwa's Hokkaido Fair Starts Thursday

    This is it. The Mitsuwa food fair you've been waiting for. There have been others throughout the year, but in my opinion, the Hokkaido Fair is the one. And perhaps the folks at Mitsuwa realize it, too, because for the first time that I've noticed, they've hired a PR person to send reminders to peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    KFC Japan Offering Deep Fried Soup

    While our Burger Kings are putting fries in its burgers and our McDonald's are offering chicken wings, KFC's in Japan are reportedly deep frying soup.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Tofu King Opens in Irvine

    Did you feel a little earthquake last week? That tremor was the July 1 grand opening of Tofu King at Irvine's Taiwanese restaurant epicenter. The Orange Tree Square Shopping Center, a small shopping center backed up hard against the 5 freeway at Jeffrey Road, gains another strong player in the cuis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Burger King Serving Cocktails

    You read the headline correctly. Burger King is offering mojitos, Long Island iced teas, daiquiris, and Cuba Libres. But wait...before you head out the door to get your drink on, I should add that it's only being offered at select Burger King stores in Japan.

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Ice Cream Fried Bread Cone = Ice Cornet, a Sweet Treat Coming to Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa This Week

    Mitsuwa is continually bringing us tastes of Japan in the form of limited-time special items, and this one caught my eye. It's the Ice Cornet, a swirl of soft-serve ice cream inside warm bread shaped like a cone. The picture above doesn't do the concoction justice--it's huge! The treat is popular ... 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

    December 27, 2012

    Top 5 Food Videos of 2012

    What kind of world would it be without Internet video? Most give The Food Network, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network a run for their money, and best of all, you need only commit to a few minutes of your time instead of a full half-hour.Here are my favorite videos of the year.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Watch Two Weeks Of Eating in Japan Condensed To Three Minutes

    Got three minutes? Wanna go eat in Japan? Here's a video that proves that you don't need to be Anthony Bourdain to do mouthwatering food porn. You just need a good camera and to know where to point it. Combined with funky, 8-bit music, the gorgeously shot and edited 3-minute short was uploaded a few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Original Iron Chef Gets New Chairman; Japan Not Happy

    Can someone be too young and too handsome? Apparently if you've been anointed the new chairman of Iron Chef Japan, you can. Kotaku is reporting that Japanese fans of the original Iron Chef are up in arms over the striking good looks and youth of the new chairman producers have chosen to preside over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Death By China Screening and Special Panel Discussion Set For Anaheim on Sept. 28

    Some critics have declared that Death By China is fueled by warmongering, anti-Chinese sentiment and others call the film/book another important wake up call to a looming disaster.You can make up your own mind Friday night in Anaheim when there will be a special showing of the controversial, 79-minu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Burger King Introduces Black-Bunned Burger With Squid Ink Ketchup In Japan

    I'm really not sure what the appeal here is. A few weeks ago, it was McDonald's that offered black and white burgers in China. Now, it appears the Burger Kings in Japan are getting into burger noir act, too. Starting this Friday, September 28, the Japanese arm of the King will start selling the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Chinese Chef Builds And Sells Noodle Making Robots

    A chef in China has built an army of robots he's selling to noodle restaurants. The automatons have blinking eyes and a swiveling arm that slices noodles with a windshield wiper-like movements. Since production started in March, he's reportedly sold about 3000 of these robots for about $2,000 each, ... More >>

  • Film

    July 26, 2012

    Ai Weiwei: Raise a Finger

    Even China can't shut up the artist/gadfly

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    On the Line: Donald Williams of Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, Part Two

    We don't know if we were more surprised or relieved that Donald was a man of choice words. It might be because he used to teach English, and we were prepared to type a whole lot more. Either way, his demeanor was about as chill as could be right before a lunch service.Read our interview with Donald ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    On the Line: Donald Williams of Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, Part One

    Donald Williams was careful to explain that the operation is a team effort. There is no designated chef at Coco Ichibanya. Sauce, protein, starch, and perhaps a veg. There's a certain amount of assembly (and a whole lotta curry) involved. He also mentioned their next location in K-town, opening in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    [UPDATED: Company Decides Not To Sell in China] Urban Decay, 'Cruelty-Free' Makeup Brand, May Allow Products To Be Tested on Animals

    See update at the end of this post. Click here for the original post and comments.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 22, 3:33 P.M.: For years, products from Urban Decay have been stamped with the same tagline: "We don't do animal testing. How could anyone?" How could anyone? Turns out, easily when there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Newport Beach-based Urban Decay, 'Cruelty-Free' Makeup Brand, May Now Allow Products To Be Tested on Animals

    For years, products from Urban Decay have been stamped with the same tagline: "We don't do animal testing. How could anyone?" How could anyone? Turns out, easily when there are dollar signs involved. The Newport Beach-based makeup company, which long prided itself on its "cruelty-free" sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Huntington Beach Businessman Nailed For Exporting Thermal Imaging Cameras To China

    A 52-year-old Huntington Beach businessman got sentenced this week for exporting seven thermal imaging cameras to China in violation of U.S. national security controls.Jason Jian Liang, a 1985 immigrant from China and president of Sanwave International Corp., admitted that he did not seek export lic ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 19, 2012

    Daiso Is Dollar Shopping, Japan-Style

    [Trendzilla] The Irvine store has a yen for big savings!

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2012

    Popular YouTube Chef Seriously Injured

    ​If Cooking With Dog isn't the most popular cooking channel on YouTube, it is certainly the most beloved. The series of cooking shorts that details, step-by-step, the creation of more than 70 Japanese dishes was recently selected for a YouTube Japanese Award. Our sister blog SFoodie shares our lov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    5 Strange Video Game-Inspired Dishes From Japan

    ​Here in the United States, we do silly things like honor our precious movie stars by naming sandwiches after them. To name a few, there are the "Woody Allen" at Carnegie Deli in New York, "The Salma" and "The Kiera" at Hot Doug's in Chicago, and "Marilyn Monroe"--a Thanksgiving-style turkey sandw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Infographic: How to Be a Douche In the Buffet Line

    ​Years back, Pizza Hut in China tried to put an end to the Homer Simpsons of the world by enforcing a one-plate-per-person rule for its salad buffet. Customers were all like, "What the heck, man?" And then they were all like, "CHALLENGE!"    In stunning acts of engineering and douchebagg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    [PHOTO] Occupy Chik-fil-A? People Camped Outside Fullerton Location for Chance to Win Free Food for a Year

    ​One day--one glorious day, when stock markets are raging, gas is a buck a gallon, and China is our overlords--someone's going to write the They Shoot Horses, Don't They? of gimmicks involving the opening of chain restaurants, the urging of making people camp for the chance to win free food for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Can Tilapia Take the Place of Shark in Shark Fin Soup?

    ​California has made international news with our recent effort to ban the sale of shark fin soup, the Chinese delicacy that unfortunately is leading to the extinction of too many shark species. Now comes word from a Taiwanese fish farmer that he has a perfect solution, one that doesn't necessarily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    [UPDATED with Conditions of Injured:] Mysterious Explosion Rocks Newport Beach

    ​UPDATE, OCT. 12, 2:09 P.M.: Newport Beach fire officials still haven't found the cause of an explosion that sent four people to a hospital this morning. Three are in serious condition with burns to their arms and faces, while the fourth, who drove to the hospital, sustained moderate injuries. A ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Top Eight Highlights from Tokyo Game Show 2011

    ​Tokyo Game Show, the Japanese expo equivalent of Los Angeles' Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), was held over the past weekend in the midst of the Japanese scorching summer heat. Along with new information regarding Sony's PlayStation Vita, new game and hardware announcements along with hands-o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Cup Noodles Museum Opens in Japan

    You Offend Me You Offend My Family​The Cup Noodles Museum opens today!  And no, I don't mean my old dorm room closet. Forty years ago, Nissin Foods introduced to the world what would become a food staple of college students, stoners, kitchen klutzes and overworked cubicle rats. To celebr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Weekend Guide: OC Japan Fair, Cupcake Camp and Lotsa Lobsta

    Cupcake Camp OC Facebook Page​It's gonna be a crazy weekend 'round here. And it starts . . . now. TODAYOriginal Long Beach Lobster Festival What: Watch out, Sebastian! Loads of crustaceans will be steamed, buttered and served with coleslaw and watermelon at this beloved annual event. &nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Ajisen Ramen Busted By Chinese Authorities For Lying About Soup

    Photo by Keith May​Typically when you hear about food scandals in China, it's dire stuff, dangerous stuff that endangers lives. This one, by comparison, seems like a minor drop in the bucket; but it is making waves just the same. Ajisen Ramen, the giant ramen chain which has 588 stores in China (a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Nintendo Alienates Their Biggest Fans: 5 Nintendo Games that May NEVER Be Released

    Pandora's Tower: A game that you may NEVER get a chance to play.​This year's lineup of games for Nintendo's systems are running a bit thin. Sure, we've got The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and a few 3DS games to look forward to, but the number of games that are targeting the experienced gamer cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Three of Nintendo's Awesome Japanese Services That We Will Never See

    ​Recently available to Nintendo 3DS owners--of Japan and Europe, for now--is the Nintendo Video service. The service is expected to release "Nintendo-approved" 2D and 3D content to the 3DS with cartoons, comedy clips, and even music videos. Working alongside another application known as SpotPass T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    When East Los Meets Tokyo: Chicano Rap and Lowrider Culture in Japan

    ​ Earthquakes aren't the only thing that California and Japan have in common. For years Japanese youth have adopted and emulated lowrider culture and Chicano Rap as their own. This peculiar phenomenon attracted a promotional tour to Japan in 2006 by Always Running author Luis J. Rodriguez who brou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Latest Food Scandal: Drinks Tainted With Plasticizers Typically Used To Manufacture PVC Pipes

    Flickr user photographynataliaThis is just a stock photo of a typical supermarket shelf of drinks. Drinks shown are not necessarily any of the affected brands.​News is that Taiwan and surrounding regions are dealing with the latest tampered food scandal. This time, the alleged offender has been pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    North Korean Soldiers Using Ants as Food Tasters to Guard Against Supposedly Poisoned South Korean Care Packages

    Flickr user OliBac​We all know that North Korea's leadership is batshit loco, which has unfortunately left a populace that's hungry when not outright starving. It's almost impossible for South Koreans to send care packages to their brothers and sisters in the Hermit Kingdom--and even if they do, t ... More >>

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