If you like Woking or Sushi Tri, then you'll love Aloh-o, a new poke resturant started by the same husband and wife team. They opened about a month ago, and I just had to try it. And let me tell you, this will definitely not be the last time I eat there. The layout is similar to Chipotle, where you can choose the base, protein, and toppings. I got half salad and half sushi rice as the base. Then for the fish, I chose one scoop of tuna and one scoop of crab. As for toppings, there was no limit, so I went crazy hehe. I got tamago (egg), seaweed, fish eggs, cucumber, edamame, and avocado. The poke bowl made was very colorful and I couldn't wait to dig in. The fish was very fresh and yummy. I absolutely loved all the toppings on my poke bowl. Every bite had a new surprise. Also, the portions were perfect. I left satisfied and happy I had a delicious, healthy meal. Ahol-o is o-fish-ally one of the best poke places I've been to.
It was our last breakfast in LA, so we had to go out with a feast :) And Huge Tree Pastry was a great place to do that because they had a vast selection of food. We of course had to get my favorite, the fan tuan. Fan tuans are rice rolls with Chinese donuts, egg, and pickles. It's basically a Taiwanese burrito with rice. Some breakfast sandwiches we got were gua baos and the seasame bread with beef. The sesame bread was crisp and a great vessel for the yummy beef. The gua bao was super fluffy, a stark contrast to the sesame bread. The little pop of peanuts and pickles in the gua bao make me go back for more bites. Then since it was breakfast, we got eggs! well eggs on a radish cake hehe. Huge Tree Pastry doesn't have the poster board American diner breakfast, but they serve the typical breakfast of Taiwan, and that's all I need.
After a long day of browsing the Irvine Spectrum Center, we decided tor refuel at Luna Grill. The food wasn't bad, but it also wasn't outstanding. We tried the gyro and chicken kabob. I liked how the dishes came with salads. The chicken was tender but not that flavorful. The gyro wasn't super good. At least the rice and pitas were good.
LA is super lucky to have all these Taiwanese restaurants, so we had to go try one of them during our trip here. SinBala had very good reviews, so we decided to check it out. To start off, their Taiwanese sausages were spectacular. They were sweet and garlicky. Another Taiwanese dish we had to order was the beef noodle soup. It had just the right amount of spicy, and the noodles had a good bite to them. I also thought the fried pork chop was a good deal. You get a huge, tender pork chop with eggs, rice, and veggies. That sure is a filling dish, great for sharing (or keeping all for yourself -no judgment). Another dish that good for sharing is the oyster omelette. The combo of briny oysters, sweet sauce, and fluffy egg is a home run. The dishes at Sin Bala did a marvelous job of transporting my taste buds back to Taiwan.
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