How far is too far with Sriracha? Sriracha-flavored popcorn? Sure, why not. Sriracha Flavored Lay's Potato Chips? Hell yes! But what if the cock sauce veers into Easter dessert territory? Would your Sriracha faith be tested? Would you eat a Sriracha chocolate Easter bunny? Would you offer it to an u ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, Roland Rubalcava of Rubalcava's Bakery asked if he could meet me. I had him join me on one of my reviews, and he busted out two thimbles of Sriracha sauce. "Try them, and tell me what you think," he said."What is there to think about?" I responded. "It's Sriracha.""Just try th ... More >>
When LA-based chef/writer/PR guru Randy Clemens released The Sriracha Cookbook nearly two years ago, cock-sauce lovers everywhere were thrilled to do more than just squeeze gobs of the fiery red condiment all over every meal. (Not that this is a bad way of eating the stuff. There is no bad way.) The ... More >>
If you don't count the Vietnamese restaurants that offer it, Lee's Sandwiches has the monopoly on banh mi in Irvine. Now, not so much. Sandwich Club, the banh mi shop that replaces the crepe maker at Diamond Jamboree, will open tomorrow and its roster not only includes banh mi with cha, grilled pork ... More >>
I'm always looking for news ways to integrate Sriracha in my food (and life), so when my friend sent me this Tasting Table recipe for dried Sriracha, I had to make it immediately. Get this: The ingredients include Sriracha and . . . that's it!
I've actually lost count on how many places there now are in Irvine to have pho. I'll date myself in saying that I remember a time where there was exactly one place that did. Last year saw three pho joints opening almost simultaneously as if it were planned that way.Now there's another planned fo ... More >>
Chipotle taught the nation how to say chipotle (or was that Jack in the Box?)--is bánh mì next to become a household term? Maybe. ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the new build-a-bánh mì (or bowl) casual restaurant concept by the Denver-based burrito chain, opened its doors ... More >>
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 >>
Photo by Professor SaltCan a fish pho place take it all?!Behold, the 16 lucky pho shops that Dave, Edwin, Shuji and I have selected to participate in Stick a Fork In It's inaugural Final Pho, the tournament to end all tournaments to finally decide who makes the best pho in Orange County (if not t ... More >>
In some ways, I wish they kept this idiocy...Last night, I traveled to Los Angeles to dine at Rivera, the fabulous restaurant that spans Latin America and is the latest stunner by John Sedlar, the last of the Southwestern-cuisine Mohicans. I was there to interview Sedlar for my coming book, and I ... More >>
Dave LiebermanI was eating lunch at Pho Quang Trung in Garden Grove last week--a very, very good pho shop, on par with some of the best pho in our pho-crazed county--and it was jammed full of Vietnamese families out for lunch on New Year's Eve. Little Saigon was hopping in general, and it seemed ... More >>
Flickr user evangThe San Jose Mercury News reported that Le Van Ba, a sugar baron from Vietnam and the founder of the omnipresent chain of Vietnamese sandwich bakeries, Lee's Sandwiches, died Tuesday from cancer at the age of 79.
Dave LiebermanOrange County's third Whole Foods opened in mid-October in the Bella Terra complex at Beach and Edinger in Huntington Beach. This didn't stir up much sentiment around these parts, since most of us at Fork live closer to the organic juggernaut of a Whole Foods in Tustin, until we dis ... More >>
See Commandment #4...Recently, some Weeklings have been patronizing East/Borough at the CAMP, and raving about it despite my protestations. See, the pop-up restaurant charges $4.35 (before tax) for an eight-inch bánh mì, and an outlandish $6.40 for a foot-long--this, in a county that's America' ... More >>
Willy BlackmoreThe Sriracha Aisle Long featured in the constellation of condiments served alongside a classic bowl of phở, the iconic rooster-labeled chili Sriracha chili sauce has developed a growing cult following among chefs, foodies and bloggers alike over the past few years. Prominently fe ... More >>
After my friends and I saw the ridiculously long line at the Kogi stop in Costa Mesa this past Saturday, we turned around and left to have some Taco Mesa. But I got to thinking, what other foods might do well in Orange County via lonchera (other than tacos, which are already a s ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI've never been so relieved in being so wrong. As it turns out, Asian Mint at the District has no affiliation whatsoever with the Asian Mint's in Texas, as I previously guessed. It is, in fact, a straight-up Vietnamese restaurant, not a Thai-sushi hybrid like their Lone Star Stat ... More >>
A candidate for Stuff White People Like...Of all of America's wonderful ethnic cuisines, the New York Times understands Vietnamese creations the least. Last month or so, the Gray Lady published a piece on how Vietnamese-American chefs in New York were reinventing the bánh mì, an article that appea ... More >>
Throw a stick anywhere in Westminster and it'll hit a pho joint. Not so in Irvine, where Vietnamese restaurants are as rare as the slices of steak in the soup they serve. At my last count, there are exactly five eateries that serve this foul-weather food.
The stalwarts are the two Pho Bac Ky's ... More >>