For Asian Americans, there's an odd sense of comfort in holding a mic and singing along to the midi version of schmaltzy pop hits. Whether they're tunes by Basil Valdez, Sin Sisamouth or Frank Sinatra, played in private rooms (such as at Ziller in Fullerton) or set against chintzy lights and throbbi ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Like other shopping centers, Diamond Jamboree has seen its share of turnover. There used to be a Greek restaurant there where the pho joint is now. The Lollicup used to be a froyo shop. The space Urban Seoul occupies was once a Original Buffalo Wings. Sandwich Club used to be Crepes de Paris. Kickin ... More >>
Normally you'd be reading the first installment of OTL, but we're changing things up. Don't worry, we still get to interview some pretty cool chefs, like Kacy Jun of Diamond Jamboree's Urban Seoul. We thank him for recounting some of his childhood memories, even though they may have been difficult t ... More >>
Mattern Deli, LinX and all the other places to get a banger (and a green chorizo and longanisa and bratwurst) in your mouth
The Silent River Film Festival's Silent River Film and Literary Society, which its founder compares to the Orange County Film Society run by the Newport Beach Film Festival staff, has scored quite a coup in Irvine. For the Silent River society's first-ever, non-festival event, it is honoring visiti ... More >>
Did I say that there was a glut of food festivals this weekend or did I say that there was a glut of food festivals this weekend? There's The Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival, which starts today and runs through Sunday at the OC Fairgrounds. Then there's the OC Greek Fest, which starts tomorrow ... More >>
What does capitalism taste like? To North Korean leaders, like a small, round chocolate-coated cake filled with marshmallow. The Choco Pie is a packaged confection manufactured by South Korea's Orion. It's delicious--spongy, creamy, and not overly sweet like a Hostess CupCake. And North Koreans ca ... More >>
Hey, it's May! Let's take a look at what this week in food brought us... Edwin reviewed Urban Seoul in Irvine and feasted upon their post-modern bibimap. Then he shared the closing of Endless Food and Fun in Huntington...and I will keep all ironic comments about it to myself. Then he posted a phot ... More >>
This Irvine restaurant is the latest Kogi knock-off, but it's a damn great one
Remember the time Kogi, at the height of its popularity, decided to descend upon the Diamond Jamboree shopping center in Irvine, an Asian food Mecca that already has 85 Degrees screwing up the parking situation?
[Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove food truck makes awesome Korean pancakes—but they're not pancakes!
The Korean BBQ can be a blissful, albiet predictable, experience. We've come to expect the trusty usual suspects--kalbi, bulgogi, brisket--along with dipping sauces and banchan galore. But the newest Korean BBQ restaurant on the block has a divine specialty: pork belly. Palsaik Samgyupss ... More >>
The Garden Grove staple's Korean-style Chinese noodle dishes remain old-school Little Seoul
By: Paul T. BradleySee also: *K-Pop to invade Honda Center Tonight; 5 Songs to Prepare This just in: The best South Korean music to get international play is not K-pop. Sorry. Much like J-pop, and their American cousins, y'know, girl bands and boy bands, K-pop is mostly sickly sweet, overproduced R ... More >>
If you've read this blog for the past couple of years, you'd know of my fascination about a particular shack on Newport & Walnut in Tustin. Every time there's a change in ownership and/or concept, I write about it. I am the unofficial historian of what comes and goes in what I joking referred to ... More >>
Oh, look, this year's edition of "The World's 50 Best Restaurants", sponsored by San Pellegrino and its subsidiary Acqua Panna, has come out. Cue the precious online debates and the bored yawns from the rest of the world.Ranked lists of the best anything are patent bollocks: they necessarily reflec ... More >>
This Buena Park restaurant takes Korean food and its beef short rib soup beyond the borders of Little Seoul
[Hole In the Wall] The Garden Grove Vietnamese dive sells fake meats even a Midwesterner could love
Edwin GoeiI think I've become the unofficial and unintentional historian on the businesses that have come and gone at the shack on 14430 Newport Ave. in Tustin. Over the last five years I have been keeping track, there has been about four different restaurants trying and failing at that spot. Now ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 12, 9:37 A.M.: Introducing a new 3D version of his 2006 South Korean smash hit The Host to Friday's opening night Busan West Asian Film Festival audience at Chapman University's Knott Studios, director Bong Joon-ho said, "I don't like 3D."Cue nervous audience laughter and a smatteri ... More >>
Wiki CommonsIf you haven't yet decided on a way to celebrate today's weird-looking date, 11/11/11, might we suggest heading to your nearest Korean market for a snack? Nov. 11 is Pepero Day in South Korea. Pepero, for those unfamiliar, are skinny biscuit sticks dipped in chocolate and sometim ... More >>
Flickr user OliBacWe 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 >>
Who knew that Wolverine could cook Korean food? The clip you see is a teaser for the PBS series, Kimchi Chronicles, which is a food documentary produced by the same man who gave us Spain...On The Road Again with Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow.
[Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove restaurant is famous for its Korean barbecue—but there's more
Flickr user mmm-yosoLate and sorely lamented...Anna's Mondu, the tiny labor of love of an older Korean couple in a shopping mall in Garden Grove's Korean District, has closed and been replaced by a sort of licorice allsorts (or mixture) of a restaurant (with no sign up when we drove past), its sl ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] Visit this Garden Grove Vietnamese star for big bánh mìs
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) has issued a statement condemning North Korea for firing dozens of artillery shells at South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island, killing two South Korean soldiers and wounding 15.The freshly reelected congresswoman, who is the ranking female member on the House Armed ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] Andaluz Restaurant and Bakery spins a sublime shawarma
Grace Le Five ways to know that you're eating Americanized Mexican food and more of what you missed after the jump!
Edwin GoeiName: Enfant Banana & Strawberry Flavored Milk Origin: South Korea Found at: Freshia, Tustin Cost: $0.99
Edwin GoeiName: Kkamjjic Ice Cream Drink Origin: South Korea Found at: Freshia, Tustin Cost: $1.49 Ingredients: Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Nicotinic Acid, Inocitol, Vitamin C, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B6, Hydrochloride, Milk Flavor, Citrus Flavor, Lemon Flavor, ... 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 >>
Here's an interesting story by the LA Times about our sister paper's venerated and Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic, his meal of whale on a trip to South Korea, and what his brother Mark, a marine scientist and president of Heal the Bay thinks about it.
I can't say I'm surprised. Besides, list like these are subjective, as all lists are. But this one, is especially so. A panel of four, consisting of "Food & Wine Restaurant Editor Kate Krader; Anya Fernald, executive director of Slow Food Nation; and Erik Wolf, president of the International Culi ... More >>
Food fact: Some of the best French bakeries in Orange County are run by Asians. There's Japonaise Bakery in Tustin, whose custard-and-strawberry-stuffed croissants would make Escoffier weep. For baguettes with crusts as shatteringly crisp as potato chips, go to Little Saigon, where Vietnamese ba ... More >>
Spoonfuls of Summery Hooray: Patbingsu at A.R. Supermarket
Asian action movies dont get much less significant than this one.
This Week in Belated Happy Lunar New Year!
Tea, Korea-style, at 419 Cafe Veronese
Fetishizing hog at Seoul Soondae
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