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.
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.
Good morning LA! I woke up very excited to go to the area of Little Taipei and eat a Taiwanese breakfast. The Taiwanese knows how to do breakfast! With buns, sandwiches, and donuts, it's a feast to fuel you for the rest of the day. Hmm where to start? Well I really liked Four Sea's Taiwanese burgers or gua baos. The combo of fluffy bun, tender meat, pickled veggies, and peanuts is enough to make you salivate. Another type of sandwich is the shao bing. This is a more crisp bread with beef and pickled veggies inside.
Moving aside from sandwiches, most people like drinking milk in the morning. Taiwan is no different. A crucial part of Taiwanese breakfast is soy milk. And what better to dip in soy milk than a Chinese donut? You'll become a morning person just to wake up and eat a Taiwanese breakfast. I sure did.
We met up with friends after we arrived in LA, and since they were vegetarians, we went to Soy Tofu. Soy Tofu has a great vegetarian selection. My vegetarian friends really like the tofu in the clay pots and the veggie dumplings. But first, they served us banchan, the small Korean appetizers. I loooove banchan, especially the fish cake and noodles. Since we were in a Korean restaurant, we had to order the seafood pancake and black bean noodles. Those are some of my favorite Korean dishes. The black bean noodles are an acquired taste and if you don't like them, well then more for me :) A dish I didn't enjoy was the beef bibimpap. There was a very small amount of beef to be found in the dish. To conclude the meal, they had free ice cream that you could serve yourself. There really is no better way to end the meal than with ice cream.
For teppanyaki you can do yourself, head on down to Super Pan because they have an assortment of dishes for you. You can choose the carbs, meat, and sauce that you like. All the dishes come out on a sizzling plate and the dish will cook itself for you. I really like the salmon cream pasta. The flavor resembles a salmon alfredo. The salmon is tender and the sauce is nice and luscious. If you don't want seafood, then the beef with the cheesy omelette is the way to go. The omlette is light, fluffy, and cheesy. It's a great addition to the dish. If you want a surf and turf combo, the chicken and salmon is yummy. The chicken still has its crispy skin over its tender meat. Warning: you may burn your mouth if you don't let it cool down enough. I understand the struggle of trying to wait for yummy food to cool down.
Bangkok Thai Express is a quaint little shop with food that packs a big yum. Whenever I get Thai food, noodles are a must. Their Railroad noodles are super delicious. It resembles a pad thai. Another dish I recommend is the chicken satay. This is a chicken skewer with mouthwatering peanut sauce. Another type of sauce that's really good is the yellow curry. Combine that with some rice and mmm you've got a scrumptious mouthful. To end up this yummy meal, I would recommend the fried bananas and ice cream. This dessert is an allstar combo of hot and cold. This juxaposition has amazing flavor profile.
I decided to check this place out because they have super long lines and great reviews. I tried the acclaimed katsu curry. It had a nice crunchy breading with tender pork inside. Their curry had good flavor and spice. To eat this dish, you gotta eat a little of everything in a bite. You get a little katsu soaked in curry with a scoop of rice. The pickles cut through the richness and add nice freshness. Though this dish was good, it didn't live up to the expectation I had of it. I honestly would not wait in a long line for this again.
Happy crab season! To celebrate this amazing seafood season, we went to PPQ Dungess Island. We ordered crab as part of the dinner for two combo. Since we had four people, we ordered fried rice and sea bass in addition to this combo. The dinner for two combo started off with imperial rolls, fried egg rolls with veggies inside. They were super yummy and crunchy and even came with a salad on the side to make you feel better about eating something fried :P Then for the main dish, we selected the garlic roasted crab. I definitely recommended this flavor. Garlic and crab are delicious best friends. As for the shiitake sea bass, it was super tender and had a mouthwatering soy sauce based sauce. I could not get enough of that sauce.
To go with the seafood, we had garlic noodles and fried rice, and they were enjoyable. And to finish the crab feast off, the combo included fried banana with ice cream. I don't eat this dessert enough and I really should. This is a dish of juxaposition. The hot with the cold. The crunchy with the creamy. These contrasts make the dish unforgettable. Mmm what a way to end the meal.
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