Fast-forward to college. Being plied with food at all angles back at home, going to college and having to feed myself was a novel concept resulting in rapidly losing 13 lbs while others were gaining their freshman 15. That was when I realized how good I had it at home and how much I missed Asian food. So, minus the restaurant, my husband and I became my parents. Every destination is an excuse to try more food. And though we stray from Chinese to other Asian cuisines (haha, the apple doesn't fall that far from the tree), we always visit whatever China / Japan / Korea town facsimile nearby.
I know, that's a lot of words to say, "this is what we ate in LA. It was primarily Asian in nature.":
Newport Tan Cang:
Chinese-style seafood, 2.5 hour wait, uber popular with the locals. We wound up ordering while waiting and our dinner was served within 10 minutes of getting seated.
Salt & Pepper Crab
Newport Special Lobster
Clams in Spicy Sauce
Our family feast also consisted of Beef Loc Lac, Steamed Whole Fish, Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Seafood Soup, Kung Pao Chicken (surprisingly good for such a common dish) and kid-friendly Fried Rice :)
We didn't get this guy, but the crabs in the tank were larger than my children.
If you would stretch the crab from claw to claw, he would dwarf my daughter.
Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi:
We didn't have time to eat a full meal here so we all got 1/2 orders of ramen. It was the best broth I've ever had in my life. Forget those wimpy broths that taste of bouillon cubes and water, this broth was the real deal. As in patiently-stewed-and-simmered to get ALL the porky flavor you can handle. If you want broth with depth, look no further. If you want to learn more about ramen broth, I found this wonderfully informative blog post.
I wish looks alone could convey it's deliciousness.
Have you ever started a meal where the first bite is amazing and each subsequent bite pales in comparison to the first? This was out of this world from beginning to end.
Originally reviewed here for their $15 Sashimi lunch, we went back for a Chirashi dinner. Insanely fresh as always.
Yummy Taiwanese breakfast on our way home
Beef Sandwich - flavorfully marinated
Pork Belly Sandwich
Savory Rice Roll
Xiao Long Bao, nicely thin skin and decent amount of broth, 10 for only $5.50!
My dining observations between SF and LA? SF is fantastic for dim sum, cha chaan teng (Hong Kong cafe) eats, and general Chinese food / bakeries / desserts. LA shines for ramen, sushi, Taiwanese eats / milk tea, and fusion cuisines. If you have a recommendations for either area, please share!