Sichuan Province

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    The Best Restaurants in Orange County, 2014

    Well everyone, its that time of the year again. We've pondered ever so hard and have come up with a list of what we think are the best everything in Orange County. Now, for those of you who can't click over to the Best Of section of our website, or pick up a paper copy (Seriously though, they're glo ... 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

    July 3, 2014

    No. 84, Dan Dan Mian at Wei-Shian Noodle

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Wei-Shian isn't obviously a Szechuan restaurant, revealing itself to ... More >>

  • News

    June 12, 2014


    Let's all get as tanned as Don Bren!

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Watch Gordon Ramsay Agree That Dark Meat is the Better Chicken

    Earlier this week, I ranted about how much better dark chicken meat was compared to white chicken meat. Now, I have about 11 Michelin stars agreeing with me. Behold, Gordon Ramsay's recipe for Szechwan chicken, in which he says, "Chicken thighs do a lot of work, so they need more cooking, but cooke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, Our Drink of the Week!

    As of Thursday, May 15, Hi Time had five bottle of Green Spot single pot still Irish whiskey left in stock. It pains to write this review because I have half a mind to go right now and buy every single remaining bottle for myself, but some dude once said "Kill your darlings," so here we go. Green S ... More >>

  • Food

    April 10, 2014

    Wei Shian: A Noodle By Any Other Name

    This Irvine restaurant serves fabulous Szechuan-style beef soup with—you guessed it!—noodles

  • Food

    July 18, 2013

    Raise a Toast to Cortina's

    Eat a sandwich or five at this Orange deli while the original Anaheim location rebuilds from a fire

  • 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 >>

  • Food

    February 21, 2013

    Fu Wing Low: Young At Heart

    [Hole In the Wall] This Fountain Valley restaurant is a Chinese-American classic

  • Food

    August 23, 2012

    The Mein Event: OC's Best Noodles

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

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Chef Kitchen, Some Type of Chinese Restaurant, To Open In Irvine

    There's already a Chef's Chen and a Liang's Kitchen at the Orange Tree Square Shopping Center (a.k.a. the plaza at the corner of Jeffrey and Walnut with the smaller 99 Ranch in Irvine). Now there will be a "Chef Kitchen," too. Not much is known about the new restaurant, except that it will be at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Eat This Now: Szechuan Fried Tofu at Chong Qing Mei Wei

    Fried tofu was never something I thought I'd associate with the words "exciting" and "addictive" and "I want this in my mouth every day." But the cubes served up at Chong Qing Mei Wei make me crazy--Flaming Hot Cheetos crazy. The golden outer layer is cooked to a subtly sweet crisp, while the i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Ten Great Chinese Restaurants in Orange County

    ​Orange County doesn't have the San Gabriel Valley, lined end-to-end with great Chinese restaurants. We do, however, have Irvine, which is where most of these recommendations are, and where you can eat well from just about any region of China.As with all these sorts of lists, there will be the ine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Foie Gras: 2012's Bacon, Or: Time to End the Foie Gras Follies

    ​Is it July yet? I can't wait for the day when foie gras is banned in California.Don't get me wrong; I love foie gras. There's nothing like a little medallion of seared foie gras and a small glass of Sauternes to ouvrir l'appétit, as the French would say. It shines perched atop a salade gasconne ... More >>

  • Food

    January 26, 2012

    The Playground Is the Brotherhood of the Purple Pants

    'The Great Food Truck Race 2' co-winner Jason Quinn opens his long-awaited restaurant

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    P.F. Chang's (2.0) Reopens Tonight

    ​'Tis the season to reinvent yourself, at least, if you're a restaurant. With more changes in the last two months than we can keep up with, dining at Irvine Spectrum sees yet another update as P.F. Chang's relaunches in the nick of time for holiday crowds and business lunches.A designated testing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    On the Line: The Men of the Burnt Truck, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​When we suggested the guys behind local luxe lonchera the Burnt Truck split up the answers, it wasn't until after the fact we realized all three (Paul Cao, Phi Nguyen and Minh Pham) submitted answers to the entire questionnaire. So this week, we flex our keyboarding muscles ... More >>

  • Food

    October 20, 2011

    Tavern On 2 Shows Who's On Second

    This Belmont Shores gem is a gastropub's gastropub

  • Food

    June 16, 2011

    101 Noodle Express Teaches You Chinese 101

    It replaces Irvine's Nice Time Deli, but is it worthy of the legend?

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    At the Farmers' Market: Celtuce (Wo Sun)

    Dave Lieberman​The busiest tables at the Irvine Certified Farmers' Market are the Asian vegetable vendors. Tables and tables of robust, healthy, occasionally alarming-looking greens attract huge crowds, their wares labeled in Chinese and transliterated directly to English ("a choy", "wo sun"). To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    The Green, Green Garlic of Home

    ​It's an odd year. Normally, green garlic doesn't show up in Orange County's farmers' markets until March. This year, the tables have been growing with the tender, green shoots since Punxsutawney Phil prognosticated pleasant weather.The simplest, best recipe for green garlic is a simple stir-fry, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Five Beloved, Worn, Stained Cookbooks In My Kitchen

    Dave LiebermanThis is the fate that awaits all beloved cookbooks in my kitchen.​I keep my own recipes in a black moleskine notebook, usually two entries to a page in my small, crabbed handwriting. The recipes are in no particular order, necessitating a sheet of paper to serve as an index in the ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Ma Po Tofu

    Edwin Goei​Legend has it that ma po tofu is named after its creator, a woman with pockmarks on her face who first popularized the dish in China's Sichuan province. You see, ma po loosely translates to pock-marked woman, as I'm sure our resident translator and multi-linguist Dave Lieberman will co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    The 2010 OC Weekly Readers' Poll: Better, But Still A Lot Of WTF

    ​Well, you've definitely improved, Gentle Readers.You picked Kéan Coffee once again as the best coffeehouse in OC, and I wiped a tear of pride from my eyes. My heart swelled as I read that the Bruery is your favorite brewery, that Slater's 50/50 is where OC loves to get a hamburger, and that Rach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Spicy City's Kidney Flowers: Why Cutting Matters

    Flickr user wang_qian_021386Sadly, my picture did not come out. This is what the dish SHOULD look like.​One of my favorite dishes in the Chinese repertoire is huo bao yao hua, or "fire-exploded kidney flowers". It's a Sichuan dish of pork kidneys in a slightly sweet sauce. Kidneys, which are the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Chinese, Part 1

    Entire years, entire careers, entire lifetimes have been spent writing about Chinese cuisine, and yet it's arguably the cuisine least well-represented in the vast bulk of America. As hard as it to hear, the Chinese food that comes delivered in those little white Tetra-Paks™ with the red pagodas an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Japanese "Autumn Food Fair" at Mitsuwa Starts Thursday

    Keith May​ Another week, another food festival at Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa. I'm kidding, of course. They don't happen that often. But they do happen more often than I remember. Not that that's a bad thing. It's good actually. Very, very good! Just that maybe it'd be even better if they had the ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009
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    August 6, 2009
  • Columns

    July 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Five Great Salsas in Orange County

    Corporate wants us to write arbitrary Top 5 lists--traditionally left for year-end reviews or Best ofs--for SAFII. Instead, we'll do lists of five: no particular order, but all fine representative of their genus. Let's start--surprise, surprise!--with my favorite salsas:*Habanero salsa at Conde Cake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Ay Chung Rice Noodle in Irvine Replaced By A New Sichuan Restaurant

    I still remember when Ay-Chung Noodle opened three summers ago in Irvine. It had just replaced Bin Bin Konjac, a shaved ice dessert shop. Never had I seen anything so busy in Irvine (this was before Yogurtland existed). There was a line to order, and a wait to get your food. Getting a table was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Is P.F. Chang's good? And News About Irvine's China Garden.

    Edwin GoeiTwo stories involving Chinese food caught my attention last week. First, there's local news about what is arguably one of OC's best Chinese restaurants, China Garden in Irvine. Fellow OC Food Blogger Julian Hsu has the scoop. In his post, he writes: "We just ate there for dimsum lunch t ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    October 16, 2008
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    September 21, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    That Golden Glow at Haveli

  • Food

    July 14, 2005

    The Asian Persuasion

    Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them

  • Food

    April 21, 2005

    Garden of Eating

    Calling the dim sum races at Irvine China Garden

  • Culture

    May 2, 2002
  • Food

    November 18, 1999

    The Raw and the Cooked

    Getting to the heart of Irvines Chinese subculture

  • Food

    July 15, 1999

    Double Happiness

    Finding inspiration at Ten Ten