Valentine’s Day with the Tripsters!

In Korea, there’s a special holiday post-Valentine’s Day just for single people. According to Y.J., our Korean American Tripster, 짜장면 (jajangmyeon), a Korean Chinese black bean noodle dish, is to be eaten by single people with black souls and saltiness in their hearts. Lol.

Technically, in Korea, on February 14th, women give men chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Then on March 14th, “White Day,” it’s the men’s turn to express their love with gifts of white chocolate, etc. to women (Japan, Taiwan, and China also observe this holiday). And then on April 14th, “Black Day,” single people who did not receive gifts on either Valentine’s Day or White Day can celebrate this day by wearing black, drinking black coffee, eating jajangmyeon, etc.

In my opinion, Valentine’s Day has always been such a highly commercialized bullshit holiday, so way to go, Korea, for making that bank. At least you give us a fun excuse to get together for food 😛 As for Lee’s Noodles, the jajangmyeon was good, but I liked the 짬뽕 (jjamppong) aka spicy seafood noodle soup better. The 만두 (mandu) aka dumplings and the spicy soy garlic Dok Dok Chicken were pretty damn good, too.

So whether or not you’re single, if you’re ever in Koreatown, Lee’s is not a bad option for Korean Chinese food where Dok Dok Chicken is also on the menu.

Lee’s Noodles
401 S Vermont Ave, Ste 1
Los Angeles, CA 90020
http://www.yelp.com/biz/lees-noodles-los-angeles

New food adventures w/ Tripsters!

Happy Friday, everyone! If you know me, then you know that I love to EAT. So it’s no surprise that I’m part of a new web show where I get to eat… A LOT!

Our first two episodes introduce you to two Japanese spots in West LA. And if you happen to dine at one of these restaurants before the end of the month, we have some special deals for you! Just watch until the end ;]

Tripsters stars Narisa Suzuki, Y.J. Gold, Kane Lieu, and myself!

Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Tripsters.tv/

#FoodieFriday

We Eat, You Watch!

Yes, that’s right. Watch us eat Seoul Sausage‘s whole menu…

#WhatTheRandom

Peachies in the Bay!

So I’m in the Bay Area for Thanksgiving weekend! Usually, when my parents and I go out for food, we always eat at the same ol’ same ol’… tonight, we decided to try something new. Thanks to Yelp we found Fuji Huoshao & Dumpling!

For apps, we ordered Mixed Cold Seaweed and Garlic Eggplant. The server was really nice and also brought us some Boiled Peanuts on the house. Yum! The garlic eggplant was especially good. (Note: The flavor of the garlic eggplant may cause other dishes like the seaweed to taste pretty bland).

We also ordered the Mongolian Style Lamb that comes with a spicy dipping sauce.

This may have been my favorite. Lamb Soup! You get to season it to your liking (I added salt, my parents added pepper :P). The server added more soup on the house, so I was glad we had the extra pieces of Mongolian style lamb on the side!

Gotta order dumplings if you’re at a restaurant with “dumpling” in its name. This was the Three Deluxe (Pork, Chive, Shrimp). JUICY! No dipping sauces needed.

The main event: Beef Huoshao (牛肉火勺). I’d never even heard of “huoshao” until today, so based on what I had, it was a great introduction.

#ThankfulForGoodFood

Fuji Huoshao & Dumpling
6184 Bollinger Rd
San Jose, CA 95129
fujihuoshaodumpling.com

Chicken and beer!

What is it about this combination that is so good? Mmm…

OB Bear does it right. Pictured: Spicy chicken wings (양념 닭날개) and a small order of fried chicken (통닭).

We ordered this pitcher of Blue Moon which came with a nice touch of orange and got this leek pancake on the house (yay, 서비스!). Refreshing and tasty!

‘Twas a good meal. 배불러요.

Where can you find this finger lickin’ belly filling deliciousness?
OB Bear
3002 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
yelp.com/biz/ob-bear-los-angeles

P.S. – There is a free parking lot for OB Bear customers one block east (a rarity for K-town)! They also have English menus available if all you’re seeing is their Korean one. And for those new to K-town, don’t forget to use the button to call for service!

Taiwanese food in LA!

I’m Taiwanese and I LOVE food in Taiwan. Living in LA, it’s not often I get to eat good Taiwanese food unless I’m over at my uncle’s house in the OC for some home cooking or I’ve made a trip to the 626. Even then, I’m pretty picky and had never really found a restaurant that hit the spot… until now?

I’d been hearing about Pine & Crane for awhile and was pretty excited to give it a try, especially since they’re located IN LA. Last night, I went with a group of gal pals. We ordered some iced teas and a bunch of traditional Taiwanese dishes. Everything was consistently good except for the scallion pancake which was pretty tasteless. The beef roll was just OK (I will still make the trip to 101 Noodle Express in Alhambra for beef roll). Overall, it was a good meal and satisfied my taste buds.

Recommended and pictured (from left to right): Cold Appetizers (these change daily), Dan Dan Noodles, Pumpkin Dumplings (seasonal), Sweet Potato Leaves (from their farm!), Minced Pork On Rice, and Beef Noodle Soup! Also recommended and not pictured (in order of highest to lowest sweetness level): Iced Passion Fruit Green Tea, Iced Taro Milk Tea, and Iced Jasmine Green Milk Tea!

Oh, we certainly feasted.

Pine & Crane
1521 Griffith Park Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
pineandcrane.com

Chomp, chomp, chomp…

Today, in between an audition in Santa Monica and another one by Sawtelle, I grabbed a quick bite at my new fave west LA spot: Chomp Eatery & Juice Station!

I was first introduced to Chomp a year ago when I tried juice cleansing for the first time. Since then, I’ve been a fan of their cold-pressed juices and almond mylk.

This was my lunch today: A medium rare Ube Truffle Burger and a very refreshing Watermelon Chia Lemonade. YUM!!! For those of you wondering why the bread is purple, it’s the ube (purple yam)! Also, this burger’s not on the menu as it’s a special, but I think they may add it since it’s been so popular (oh, I hope so)!

Got a sweet tooth like me? Their macarons are pretty tasty, too! Mmm…

Can’t go wrong with a burger and/or juice.
Chomp Eatery & Juice Station
1612 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(right next to DK’s Donuts)
chompeatery.com

I am grateful for…

Family, friends, health, and good food!

Pictured: Cafe Gratitude’s “FABULOUS” raw lasagna- a seasonal special which includes squash blossoms, heirloom tomatoes, cilantro pumpkin seed pesto, fresh corn, summer squash noodles, cashew queso fresco, salsa verde, and raw cacao mole. YUM!

What are you grateful for?
Cafe Gratitude
639 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
cafegratitudela.com

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt

Day 3 of Sanrio’s #HelloKittyHungryHunt and I scored this super cute Hello Kitty x Seoul Sausage pin with a spicy pork sausage and fries! (Dang. It’s been a fatty weekend).

Want this pin? You have until November 21st while supplies last.
Seoul Sausage Company
11313 Mississippi Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025
seoulsausage.com

Meat and potatoes.

This meal was from over 12 hours ago and I’m STILL digesting it… Shoot, if you could only see the POUNDS of food that was actually served. Pictured: Crispy Potatoes, Plantains, Pork Belly, Chicken Wings, Sausage, and Ribs. Not pictured (because I’ve become less of an Asian taking pictures of food): Ceviche, Empanadas, Street Corn, and SAUUUCES. Can’t forget to mention the La Muñeca cocktails (a very refreshing drink if you like guava, lemon, and a little fizzy). For dessert, we had Paris Brests and Mini Puffs from Beard Papa + a very delicious Carrot Cake from Lark Cake Shop in celebration of bride-to-be CL. That’s right, a group of ladies ate like dudes at a bridal shower. *BURP*

Where can you find this meaty goodness?
Escala
3451 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
escalaktown.com