Tasty Garden, the chain of Hong Kong-style cafes (cha chaan teng) with branches in the San Gabriel Valley and Westminster, is planning to open one more Orange County store in Irvine.
This does two things: it ups the cha chaan teng count to two in a city that once had none, and it also adds one more restaurant to be called “Tasty” at Culver Plaza.
A few months ago, I also wrote about Tasty Noodle House, which is also planned for the 99 Ranch Market-anchored complex. Besides the name, the two seem to be unrelated. Tasty Noodle House will serve Shanghainese noodles and pan-fried pork bao while Tasty Garden is known for their honey glazed walnut shrimp, Hong Kong-style waffles, chicken steak and other cha chaan teng staples.
Edwin Goei was born on the island of Java, grew up in La Habra, studied in Irvine, and eats everywhere. Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, he went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.