Southeast Asia

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Monday Pervy Monday: Child Sex and Porn Case Against Sideshow Bob Ornelas Now Sicker

    The following is the first of several posts this morning that deal with defendants accused of sexually assaulting or exploiting children and women. Up first is Robert Ruben Ornleas, who is accused in a six count federal indictment of: going to the Philippines to have sex with two girls under the age ... More >>

  • Film

    September 25, 2014
  • Food

    June 5, 2014

    Old Malaya Grill: OC's Second Malaysian Restaurant!

    The opening of this Huntington Beach eatery is exciting news

  • Food

    January 2, 2014

    The Empanada Maker: Meat Them!

    This Mission Viejo restaurant brings the Argentine pastry to South County

  • Food

    December 12, 2013

    Escar-GO to Oc & Lau Restaurant

    The wait is unforgivable, the staff inexperienced—but this Little Saigon place serves tasty snails

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    KFC Puts Grated Cheese On Donuts!

    Fresh off their soup-frying kick of a few weeks ago in Japan, there's news that other KFC's in Asia are doing things we Americans would never think to do with our foodstuffs. Reports are saying that the KFCs in Indonesia have begun serving donuts with grated cheese on top.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Wilfredo Maralit, Customs Officer Who Lives in Garden Grove, Faces Federal Weapons Charges

    A Garden Grove man who works as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at Los Angeles International Airport was arrested last week on charges of international arms trafficking. Wilfredo Maralit has company: his brother, Rex-Gene Maralit, a New York City police officer, was also arrested by fe ... More >>

  • Food

    August 15, 2013

    Bangkok Spice: The Persistence of Thai

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant serves Thai standards, with a few surprises

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Fall of Saigon Anniversary Book Suggestions

    It's almost impossible to overestimate the number of superb books inspired by the relationship between Vietnam and the United States. There are, for example, classics such as Graham Greene's "The Quiet American," Neil Sheehan's "A Bright Shining Lie," Michael Herr's "Dispatches," Robert Olen Butler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    The Amazing Race Apologizes for Pissing Off Vietnam Veterans and a Token Fox News Liberal

    My colleague R. Scott Moxley recently wrote of the shitstorm kicked up after The Amazing Race had contestants visiting Vietnam watch a pro-communist musical show, recite a pro-communist poem and then gather at an anti-American military site in Hanoi. If there was increased interest (and ratings?) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Fox Slams Amazing Race on CBS For Pro-Communist Tributes During Vietnam Stop

    One of the token liberals on Fox News is blasting CBS for airing an Amazing Race broadcast this week that required contestants visiting Vietnam to watch a pro-communist musical show, recite a pro-communist poem and then gather at an anti-American military site in Hanoi.Bob Beckel--a cantankerous, lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2013

    Human Trafficking of Filipinos to Louisiana Results in $4.5 Million Award

    A federal judge in Southern California has awarded $4.48 million to 347 Filipinos because a Los Angeles company violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) by tricking them into slave labor as teachers in Louisiana public schools.This week, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Kronst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Vietnam Communists Secretly Run Prominent Little Saigon Newspaper?

    Two journalists at Nguoi Viet Daily News, the country's oldest and most respected Vietnamese newspaper, are suing a rival Little Saigon newspaper for publishing inflammatory accusations involving secret, foreign communist influence and sex.Dat Huy Phan and Vinh Hoang claim that Hoang Duoc Thao (AKA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    All-You-Can-Eat Vietnamese Buffet YouTube Video Going Viral

    So there's there's this video of a frenzy over fresh seafood at an all-you-can-eat restaurant in Vietnam. The clip shows patrons of the restaurant standing next to a buffet waiting and then grabbing the seafood in a mad rush as soon it's dropped into the vat. It's the same kind of scene we're all fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    KFC Uses Rain Forest Wood For Chicken Buckets, Greenpeace Claims

    It's no secret that PETA is no friend of KFC's. And now, the fried chicken purveyor has angered the people at Greenpeace, too. The organization has recently alleged that The Colonel has been using wood harvested from Indonesia's rain forest for the paper in its signature chicken buckets. Along with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Little Saigon Protesters Call For Vietnam Democracy

    While most Americans may have forgotten the anniversary, memories of South Vietnam remain poignant in Orange County's Little Saigon region, the world's largest Vietnamese refugee community.On Bolsa Avenue sidewalks this afternoon a youthful, energetic crowd of several dozen protesters gathered, wave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Quark Henares on the Movie 'Rakenrol' and the State of Philippine Rock & Roll (It's Screen Free at UCI Today!)

    ​ Why is Rakenrol so cool? The Philippine movie, screening today at 5 p.m. at UC Irvine, doesn't have a groundbreaking plot: it's the story of an indie band trying to make it big, where the members come of age, and there's a love story (natch) to boot. It's not just that the motley cast is endeari ... More >>

  • Food

    September 22, 2011

    Sutha Thai Kitchen's Salad Days

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

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Nguyen Cao Ky, Former President of South Vietnam, Passes Away

    From​Word has come from Malaysia that Nguyen Cao Ky, the former president of South Vietnam who spent years in Orange County after the Vietnam War, has passed away.The story first appeared in the English-language media via  Bolsavik, the English-language blog of Nguoi Viet editor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    OC Gets Its First Filipino Food Truck​Since this whole food-truck thing happened, there have been a few Filipino food trucks to debut, including Tapa Boy, Manila Machine and White Rabbit. All are LA-based. But The Pogi Boy Truck, if I'm not mistaken, is OC's first Filipino food truck.

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Introducing OC Weekly's 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011: No. 100, Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl

    ​That's right, folks: Welcome the return of our 100 Favorite Dishes list! How does it differ from last year's supposedly authoritative list? That was 2010; this is 2011, silly! Some dishes from last year will appear on this year's list; some, alas, no longer exist or didn't exist last year. Why ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    A YouTube Channel for Those Homesick for Indonesian Street Food

    There's a YouTube documentary for everything. Proof: One day last week, I was nostalgic for the street foods of Indonesia and thought, "Surely, by now, someone's gone around and videotaped a few and put the vids up to share." I was right. A YouTuber named matkiding has done just this. His chann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Racist OC Register Reader Fustercluck of the Day

    Headline:  Murderer: I Should Have Been Freed 10 Years Ago​Editor's Note: This story has nothing to do with illegal immigration. Comment by PALEBYCOMPARISON: Deport Him to the Hanoi Hilton. Now!Comment by CATEAPARTY: Ship him and his family back to VietnamComment by OCBENGALS: Deport them al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Ed Royce Slams Hillary Clinton For Coddling Vietnam

    Royce doesn't like Ho Chi Minh's legacy​Republican Congressman Ed Royce must be getting tired of U.S. officials ignoring what he sees as Vietnam's "ugly human rights record."The latest offender to Royce's sensibilities on the subject is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.According to the veteran F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Police Fear Dozens of Vietnamese Were Hit in Money-Wire Scam

    ​After receiving complaints from many Vietnamese residents about, police contacted a representative of the Westminster money-wire company. A computer glitch was blamed for funds failing to be sent to Vietnam and the business having to temporarily close its doors. Patrons were instruct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Has Loretta Sanchez Created a "Big Bugaboo" in Vietnam?

    Protected worker?​A highly successful American businessman who lives in Hanoi says that Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Iowa Senator Tom Harkin have "overblown" the need for worker rights in Communist-run Vietnam, according to a July 13 Voice of American (VOA) article."From my ... More >>

  • News

    May 6, 2010

    Loretta Sanchez Says Vietnam's Rulers Are Pimps

    [Moxley Confidential] The OC congresswoman's tough stance on human trafficking should play well in Little Saigon

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Loretta Sanchez to Obama: Slap Vietnam Now!

    Sanchez is playing hardball with Vietnam​OC Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has a personal message today for President Barack Obama: Confront the Vietnamese prime minister over human rights violations in Vietnam.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Vietnam Shoots Down Loretta Sanchez's Travel Hopes

    Vietnam has a Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy too​Saving itself a couple of news cycles of international embarrassment, Vietnam has denied a visa to Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who had been traveling in Asia and hoped to enter the country to meet with disgruntled citizens who say the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez Condemns Vietnam Cyberattacks, Assorted Douchebaggery

    ​Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) is "outraged" that Vietnam used malware to illicitly monitor the Internet activity of human rights and democracy activists.

  • Calendar

    October 22, 2009

    Wing, Wheels, Rotors and Expo

    Los Alamitos Army Field

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Vietnamese Film Festival Returning to OC

    The fourth biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (VIFF) opens on April 2 in Orange County and will showcase more than 60 short and feature films, panel discussions and an special award to actor Dustin Nguyen (pictured), who co-starred with Cate Blanchett in Little Fish.Event organizer Ysa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Commentator Shout-Out: Hungrymomma and Hungrypoppa

    Almost a month ago, I invited ustedes to eat with me and get a free dessert at Bangkok Taste in SanTana. Only two readers did: Hungrymomma and Hungrypoppa, a young Latino couple who leave some of the best comments on this infernal blog. We talked food, the Paramount Swap Meet, SanTana, and so many o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Bangok Taste Closed for a Week--No Worries. I Hope.

    Had dinner earlier this week at Bangkok Taste in SanTana, my current fave Thai restaurant, with the mysterious Ben Dayhoe (contrary to popular rumor, he's not Mr. X). We enjoyed soups, fried tofu, their famous roti dessert, and the peanut-butter soup called khao soy. After our dinner (we ate with ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Curly Tops

    Name: Curly Tops Origin: Philippines Found at: Pinoy Mart, Tustin Cost: $1.59 Ingredients: Refined Cane Sugar, Milk Powder, Hydrogenated Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Whey, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin and Cinnamon Powder, Iodized Salt. Why I Bought It: Apart from the name, which is, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    To Do Tonight 10/14

    Bad Parents, 10 p.m. Expect a spanking. $5 The Prospector 2400 E. Seventh St. Long Beach, CA 562-438-3839 Oktoberfest, until November 7 Go on a Sunday and watch the dachshund races if you’re in the mood for laughs, or head in any ol’ day if you’re in the mood to say prosit a lot. Old World Vi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2008
  • Food

    July 10, 2008
  • Calendar

    May 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 23, 2008

    All Day Filipino Breakfast at Manila Groove in Tustin

    A few things happened to Manila Groove since I visited last. First, about three months ago, Gustavo Arellano tipped readers about the little-known Tustin eatery and its constantly updated website menu in his This-Hole-in-the-Wall-Life column. Second, they've expanded by taking over the store ne ... More >>

  • Food

    September 20, 2007
  • Food

    March 22, 2007

    Beware the Larb

    Diho Siams incendiary salads

  • Food

    December 14, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Curry, Pad Thai, Cream Cheese Won Tons and More at Bangkok Corner

  • Columns

    May 4, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    'The only reason Mexicans come into this country illegally is because its easy for them'

  • Food

    April 6, 2006

    What the Pho?

    Vietnam Pearl serves just what the doctor ordered

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2006

    Karaoke: Cruel and Unusual

    As home to the country's largest concentration of Vietnamese-Americans, any story about Vietnam is liable to generate strong opinions in OC. But regardless of how one feels about the current government of Vietnam, I think we can all agree that a story in today's Long Beach Press-Telegram shows that, ... More >>

  • Film

    April 10, 2003

    Down in the Dump

    Do Minh Tuan exposes life at the bottom in Vietnam

  • Food

    February 27, 2003

    Ice Age

    Fighting Bushs apocalypse with smoothies

  • Food

    January 24, 2002

    Coffee Crusade

    The great Little Saigon coffee inquiry

  • Food

    August 20, 1998

    High Boss

    Grabbing respect - and good grub - at Thai This

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