• 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

    October 10, 2014

    Irvine Mayor Steven Choi's Remarks Dismissing Chinese and Pakistani Friend Cities Resurface

    Just in time for the Nov. 4 election, Irvine Mayor Steven Choi is again being highlighted for his remarks in April dismissing the cities of Baoji, China, and Karachi, Pakistan, as potential "Friendship Cities."

  • 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 >>

  • Columns

    November 28, 2013

    Does the United States Want to Keep Mexicans Dumb?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And should Mexicans feel obliged to hang out with family members who hate them?

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    85 Degrees Bakery Cafe, Legendary Coffeeshop, to Open in Little Saigon!

    The only time you'll see this place with no lines...We have written many stories on 85 Degrees, the insanely popular Taiwan-based coffeeshop at Diamond Jamboree in Irvine with the insanely wonderful sea-salt cofee, over the years. The line really is that long; the wait really is that worth it. Now ... More >>

  • 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

    April 26, 2013

    Din Tai Fung Is Coming To South Coast Plaza

    Oh, yes. Din Tai Fung, purveyor of the famed Shanghai-style xiao long bao soup dumplings that burst in your mouth upon consumption, is coming to South Coast Plaza. Arcadia's Best reports that the 8,000 square-foot restaurant won't be here until April 2014. Sigh. Still, SCP sounds like an ideal spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kim Ji-Woon Make Last Stand at Busan West Film Fest at Chapman

    Getting director Kim Ji-Woon to open the 2013 Busan West Film Festival at Chapman University is enough of a coup, so it's just piling on to consider the star of Kim's debut U.S. feature will also be tagging along.Perhaps you've heard of him: Arnold Schwarzenegger?

  • Music

    November 29, 2012

    Battle-Tested DJ Shogun Finally Returns to OC

    [Locals Only] The first Asian American DJ on Armin van Buuren's trance label traveled the world to prove himself

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Franchesca Robi Carries the Platters' Torch

    Paul Robi was the booming baritone of the 50s vocal group the Platters. He stayed with the group through their chart topping heyday, performing on timeless classics like "Only You," "The Great Pretender" and "Twilight Time." He passed away in the late 1980s, performing for as long as his body would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Chinese Con Artist Who Sold Access to Two Ex-U.S. Presidents Learns Fate

    Using great props to fake credibility, a shameless Orange County mother-son con artist team convinced investors to hand them as much as $2 million in a scam involving speaking engagements for U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as well as former Vice President Al Gore.After their 2011 fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Boba May Contain Cancer-Causing Chemicals

    Just got some frightening news about boba, the drink we love to chew (and sometimes shoot at friends with those giant straws).  German researchers warn that the boba balls--or tapioca or pearls or bubbles or whatever you like to call them--may contain cancer-causing carcinogens. They told The L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    McDonald's Introduces Bubble Tea Drink in Germany; Some Call The Ad Racist

    The news fluttering about the blogosphere isn't that McDonald's in Germany is selling bubble tea (also known as boba, those drinks with the chewy, starchy balls made from tapioca), it's that a few sites are questioning whether the ad they've developed to market the product is racially insensitive.Th ... More >>

  • Food

    March 29, 2012

    Class 302: A Course to Audit

    The Irvine restaurant teaches you well with its grade-school theme and Taiwanese food

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    CNNGo Publishes First Ever Worthy National-Media List of Chinese Restaurants

    ​Whenever I read a best-of list in the national media, I wince internally. They're usually either cobbled together by looking at the Internet and seeing which ones are mentioned most often--which results in a kind of small-scale Zagat guide, prone to the hype machine--or they're put together by pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Five Worst Disney Tattoos... Ever

    ​A 27-year-old woman from Taichung, Taiwan recently took her love of Snow White to new heights when she covered her entire back in a tattoo of the characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Check out the full artwork after the jump... and stick around for five of the absolute worst Disn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    On the Line: Anne Eng of Panfiniti, Part Two

    ​Before heading to the commissary for supplies, Anne Eng found the time to meet outside one of her favorite places, Diamond Jamboree's Lollicup. She quips about her adventures in driving the Panfiniti lonchera and how she prefers to spend her free time. While part one's answers may have a lot to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot Planned For Irvine

    ​Yesterday we talked about how Class 302, the Rowland Heights staple for shaved snow, was planning a store in Irvine. Today, we talk about Little Sheep, which is to Mongolian hot pot what McDonald's is to burgers (and I mean that in the world-conquering sense, not a dig on its quality).& ... 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

    July 11, 2011

    Fake Steve Jobs Sells Tea in Taiwan

    Bets are on that the Apple lords will zap this off YouTube faster than a 4G network, so enjoy it while you can! 

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    "Boiling Point" Taiwanese Hot Pot Restaurant To Open In Irvine

    Photo from Boiling Point Website​What you see above is a Taiwanese hot pot from a restaurant called Boiling Point, a popular San Gabriel mini-chain that started sometime around 2007 specializing in the Sterno-heated dish. There are stores in Arcadia, Hacienda Heights, and Monterey Park, not to men ... 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

    March 11, 2011

    [UPDATE: Newport Elementary & Beaches Closed, Small Waves in OC] No Tsunami Warning Issued For California As a Result of 8.8 Magnitude Japan Quake--Yet

    ​UPDATE, MARCH 11, 8:14 A.M.: Newport Elementary School has been closed.UPDATE, MARCH 11, 7:46 A.M.: Southern California is now under a tsunami advisory, rather than a warning. Waves could get as high as 7 feet up in the Central Coast, but should be more in the neighborhood of 2 feet on Orange Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    NMA's Latest News Video Makes Nice Dreams

    ​Last summer, we posted something we had not seen before: computer-animated video produced in the Far East to go with news coverage of something that happened in the U.S. In that instance, it was one of Orange County's most heinous crimes of 2010.New Details [and Video] Emerge About Double Murder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Wacky Snacks: Sanh Yuan Chien Cha Slice - Preserved Fruit

    Edwin GoeiName: Sanh Yuan Chien Cha Slice - Preserved Fruit Origin: Taiwan Found at: 99 Ranch, Irvine Cost: $1.99 Ingredients: Dried Fruit, Sugar, Salt, Licorice

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Racist OC Register Reader Fustercluck of the Day

    ​Headline: House Passes Border Security BillComment by unclebill: I love Obama! $600M for boarder security. $26B for teachers unions. OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA! Gimmie dat Obama money....Comment by gameon: I'm starting to think you just don't like mexicans and don't like having a black president. its a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Jackie Chan Upstaged by Bruce Lee Yet Again

    Bruce Lee gets the better of Jackie Chan in either Fist of Fury or Enter the Dragon.​Comments Jackie Chan made in China this past April about the Chinese people needing "to be controlled" spurred demands this weekend from an art activist for an "Urgent Action" to stop a statue of the action star f ... 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 30, 2010

    Ethnic Eating 101: Chinese, Part 6

    Despite the fact that we could go on for years about the variations and nuances of Chinese cuisine, we are going to close this week with a visit to Taiwan, because after Cantonese, the single most available regional cuisine in the Southland is Taiwanese, due in part to the great number of Taiwanese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Wacky Snacks: Everyone Says Good Good Eat

    Grace LeEveryone Says Good Good Eat​Name: Everyone Says Good Good Eat Origin: Taiwan Found at: Arirang Supermarket, Garden Grove Cost: $2.50 Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Potato Starch, Soy Sauce (Soybean, Salt), Yeast Powder, Palm Oil, Garlic, White Pepper, Black Pepper, Chili Powder. Why I B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    "The Drummer" and "The Young Victoria" Square Off in Competing Screenings

    "The Drummer." Kick ass!​Two foreign films that received OK notices roll tonight as the film societies of Orange County and Laguna Beach present competing screenings. Laguna Beach Film Society shows 2007's The Drummer, a Hong Kong by way of Taiwan production that features Jackie Chan's son Jaycee ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 17, 2009
  • 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

    March 6, 2009

    Midastee Brews A Mighty Fine Cuppa In Brea

    I'm always in favor of the underdog, or at least giving them a shot, and, when it comes to eating out, that basically means anything that's not a chain.That's why it was nice to discover a new tea shop in Brea. The nearby Starbucks had closed anyways (it's about to be replaced by a branch of Yogurtl ... More >>

  • Film

    February 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Councilwoman Blames Own Panel for Irvine Sister City's Demise

    The Irvine Sister City Foundation--which has helped make Irvine a truly international city thanks to successful partnerships with with Tsukuba, Japan, Hermosillo, Mexico, and Taoyuan, Taiwan--voted to dissolve last night. Despite the denials of Irvine Mayor Suhkee Kang, an Irvine City Coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    99 Ranch Wants You To Know: "NOT Made in China!"

    Browsed through the online ads for 99 Ranch today and I noticed something I'd never noticed before. On their flier, attached to pictures of items that are look remotely Asian in origin, there are now big cartoony bubbles that proclaim "Made in Taiwan" or "Made in Japan". I'm pretty sure that befor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Kuai Kuai Corn Snack

    Orange County's culturally diverse, but all cultures living here have at least one thing in common: snacks, junk food, stuff you can't really call cuisine or dinner. So, in what I hope to be a long-running and fun series, we'll pick out one "Wacky Snack" from a local market per week; then do a marg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2008

    New Flavor at Beard Papa's in Costa Mesa

    Unless you follow foodie bulletin boards and blogs, chances are you haven't heard of or had a Beard Papa's cream puff. That goes double if you don't normally venture out of Orange County, where there are only two outlets of this Osaka-based chain. There's one at Santa Ana's MainPlace Mall, and a ... More >>

  • Film

    January 24, 2008

    Special Screenings

    Movie of the Week: Shane

  • Columns

    July 20, 2006


    'He is smart enough to realize if he didnt get out then, he may have awoken a fortysomething with crazy-colored hair and a tattoo of dragons circle jerking'

  • News

    June 29, 2006

    Twisted Sister City

    Irvine shanghais Taiwan

  • Columns

    June 29, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    June 21 - June 27

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2006

    Now I'm No Lawyer

    But it seems to me Irvine is in violation of the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979. The TRA set up diplomatic-ish relations between the US and the Republic of China on Taiwan. Instead of an embassy we have the American Institute in Taiwan, and whenever China drops a missile off Taiwan's coast we're requi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2006

    Irvine Wants Communist $$$ for the Great Park?

    The controversy surrounding Irvine's new "Sister City" relationship with Communist officials in Shanghai and the bizarre snub of democratic Taiwan began with numerous "irregularies," including breaches of protocol, "odd" outside influences and possible "deliberate deception," according to a June 21 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2006

    Irvine Tells Taiwan Where to Krom It

    Irvine Mayor Beth Krom just might be unmade in Taiwain. As reported in OC Register's blog and print edition, as well as The Blotter, Irvine recently set up a sister-city in China, after agreeing to ignore Taiwanese sovereignity. They can't partake in Taiwanese National Day celebrations and civic lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2006

    Irvine Offends Thousands of Its Citizens

    An Orange County Grand Jury recently decided that the Irvine City Council is trying to hijack the Great Park, and that the OC Board of Supervisors (who initially approved of Irvine's actions) might look into litigation in order to return control of this huge local resource to the county itself. Irvi ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 9, 2006

    Irvinian-Hosted Academia

    Pacific Modernities: Museum Culture and Civic Engagement

  • Culture

    January 27, 2005

    Cultured Carnies

    Taiwans national acrobats weird up the circus thing

  • Food

    August 31, 2000

    Cha, Cha, Cha

    Tea bar brews superlative stuff

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