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.
If someone asked for Eduardo's summed up in one phrase, I would say 'homemade herb bread'. Their bread is amazing. You have to try it in some form, whether it be a sandwich or a side of toast. Their half and half combo is great to try two different dishes. With their homemade herb bread, all of their sandwiches are delicious. As for their soups, they have some unique flavors, such as banana squash and Mexican chicken fiesta. I especially like the Mexican chicken fiesta because there's hominy, which is a type of Mexican corn that is amazing. For the combo, you can also order a slice of quiche. The Lorraine quiche is great with little bits of crisp bacon as a surprise. If you want a brunch dish, I would recommend Eduardo's pancakes or omelettes. Super yummy. And their homemade herb bread... you should order that as a side. It's the best :)
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.
Lemon bars are a yummy combo of sweet with a hint of sour. This flavor profile is so good it'll leave you wanting seconds and thirds. To make these scrumptious lemon bars, you'll need:
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper to make clean up easy. Combine all the ingredients you need for the crust and press the mixture down on the pan. Bake the crust for 20-25 minutes. The crust should be golden after baking.
Then for the luscious filling, whisk the sugar and flour together. Then, mix in the eggs and lemon juice. When everything is combined, pour the mixture over the crust and bake for 18-22 minutes. When the filling is set, let is cool down and rest for an hour. You can also chill the bars for refreshing lemon bars.
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!
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.
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.
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