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.
We stumbled upon the Koreatown of LA and decided to try this place. It was a great idea because the concept behind this restaurant was unlike anything I had ever tried before. The food they serve here are bowls of spicy assortments. We ordered Set C with fishcakes, noodles, fried veggies and calamari. The spicy seasoning they use is super flavorful and left me wanting more. It had a hint of sweet with heat. We ordered the mild and that was plenty spicy for us. The bowls also come with a swirl of mozzarella melted over it. That's a good addition because it adds some sweetness to the meal. Set C also came with rice balls, which were great to soak up the spiciness. For a larger rice ball, the jumbo tuna mayo rice ball is yummy. It's just like the ones I ate and loved in Taiwan. My meal at Yup Dduk La was very yummy and made me sweat, but that's good because I sweated out my toxins haha.
Los Angeles is a magical place full of sunshine, beaches, and of course, yummy food. While we were visiting LA, I discovered a lot of Taiwanese cuisine. There even was a Little Taipei near where we stayed. It was awesome, a mini Taiwan in California! In addition to eat, we also sunbathed at the beaches and went shopping. For all my swimmers out there, the one and only Jolyn store is in LA. I went and it was swim suit heaven. They had all the colors of the rainbow and patterns I had never seen before. What can I say? In la la land, there's a little something for everyone.
In Taiwan, one would expect amazing Asian food. That's a given. But cultures spread from one country to another, Taiwan now also has a whole assortment of international food, like this restaurant. Though you don't typically find Italian food in Taiwan, I'm sure glad I did because Bite 2 Eat sure is cooking Italian cuisine well. To start off, we tried a savory and sweet pizza for appetizers. For the savory, the BBQ chicken was a great choice. The combo of white sauce and barbecue sauce was a party in my mouth. As for the sweet pizza, we tried the sweet apple and cream cheese. This was really exciting because I had never tried sweet pizza. After one bite, I was in love. Where was this all my life? This pizza was the perfect combo of ooey gooey cheese, sweet cream cheese, and crisp apples. Plus the fact that all of that was on top of a pizza base makes it even better.
If their pizzas were that delicious, I couldn't wait for our main courses. I ordered their seafood risotto and it was so creamy, amazing, and had an abundance of seafood. I savored every grain of it. Another risotto dish I recommend is the chicken pesto risotto. First of all, I didn't know you could have pesto risotto but I'm glad someone experimented with that combination. The risotto was very fragrant and the chicken that topped it all off was super succulent. Some other amazing dishes are the salmon and seafood linguine. And for dessert, their luscious creme brulee and fluffy tiramisu are musts. As shown from all these mouthwatering dishes, these Taiwanese chefs know how to cook Italian food!
Ba Fang is a very popular dumpling and potsticker restaurant in Taiwan and after eating there, I can see why. Their potstickers are uniquely shaped like logs. I had never seen potstickers shaped like that before. The log shape made sure all edges got crispy. It's pretty brilliant. You get the crunch and then the yummy flavorful filling. To contrast the crispy potstickers, we also ordered dumplings. Their dumplings have a chewy and doughy outside and succulent inside. Every bite is a flavor explosion in your mouth. You'll be eating one, two, three, and then the whole plate :P And if you want something more filling, their peanut sauce noodles are delicious. I mean peanut butter and noodles? That sounds like a winning combo. From noodles to dumplings, Ba Fang will provide you with yummy fuel to satisfy your cravings.
If you walk into Taipei 101 and smell the amazing aroma of croissants, follow your nose and that will lead you to Hazukido. Everything is freshly baked, I actually saw the workers pull hot croissants straight out of the oven. They have an assortment of flavors and we tried most of them. Here are the highlights:
1.) Sesame- A unique and delicious one. I had never heard of this kind of flavor in a croissant, but it worked really well. I definitely recommend this one.
2.) Original- sometimes the original is the way to go. It has layers of flaky, buttery goodness.
3.) Fish roe- this is a savory, acquired taste. If you like salty and sweet, try this one. It's a flavor party in your mouth.
4.) Raspberry-sweet, fruit, and covered in raspberry glaze. Who could say no to that?
Honestly, you could probably be content with any type of croissant. They all are amazing. With tons of yummy flavors, Hazukido is handmaking scrumptious croissants that fuse the flavors of France and Taiwan.
So many people and websites recommended Addiction Aquatic Development for magnificent seafood, so we just had to check it out. First off, this market is huuuuge. It's like a department store for seafood. We first walked into a room full of tanks with live seafood. That's how you know it's fresh. It then connects to another marketplace where you can buy sushi, noodles, drinks, and more. There were also many restaurants surrounding this seafood market as well. The food choices were endless.
We decided to buy all our food from the marketplace and hunting for a place to eat in the marketplace instead of the restaurants. We bought sushi rolls, sashimi, fried rice, fried fish, shrimp, and clams. AAD's sashimi pieces are enormous and super tasty. Everything here is larger and more affordable than America hehe. The highlight of the meal was the uni, or sea urchin. I've had this in America, but nothing compares to Taiwan's uni. It was an explosion of sweet, unami, and tasted like the ocean. This uni was amazingly delicious. You definitely have to try this, but if sea urchin isn't your thing, don't worry. Addiction Aquatic Development has a multitude of seafood. It made me change my diet to seafood- when I sea food from AAD, I eat it :)
(PS- I'm going to be alternating between Taiwan and California food posts to switch it up every now and then :) )
Taiwan is known for their popcorn chicken, little bite sized pieces of fried chicken and Hot Star is taking this concept and making it huuuuge. Their XXL fried chicken is not an exaggeration. It's as big as my face! The exterior is crunchy, fried perfection. The breading is thick, so it's able to keep the chicken inside juicy and succulent. This immense piece of chicken can feed a family but it's so yummy you may not want to share ;P
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