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We ate all this, fed 10 people, had leftovers, and the bill was less than $70 including tip.

I’ve been holding on to these photos for quite some time now. I went to eat at Southern Mini Town on the north side of San Gabriel back in January. Enjoy.


Things I’ve Consumed for Michelle’s Birthday

“Lion’s Head.”

Pork so fatty and awesome that you can cut it with a spoon.

This was a bad idea after the drinking done beforehand. 2/3 people at the table woke up drunk.

It’s good but the line at this place is ridiculous. They’re just baked goods!

Mom’s osso bucco.

Don’t forget the steak.

King’s Hawaiian birthday cake.

With a root beer float and some hot sauce.

Oysters.

Many pounds of shrimp, crawfish, corn, and sausage. There’s a very excited person in top right of this picture.

And the celebration continues on into this week. Happy birthday, Michelle!

Tasty

Asians are pretty clever people. Naming a restaurant Tasty is a sure fire way to bring in customers. It’s like the Korean SAT prep course near my work called SmArT. I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat something tasty? Now you know where to get it. Their known for their desserts, but every dish that came out of the kitchen looked pretty good.

Mango pudding. Everyone else see the indentation from the plastic container this was sitting in?

Am I the only one who hates this stuff? The few times I actually want dessert, I don’t want fruit, and I especially don’t want sweet beans. Someone needs to say it. Asian people have it all wrong when it comes to dessert.

Since I don’t partake in the Asian desserts, I went with second dinner. Beef Noodle Soup with hand pulled noodles.

This is a place I definitely want to go back to, not to check out desserts, but to check out some more of the regular food. The noodle dishes rolling out of the kitchen looked delicious.

Things I’ve Eaten Recently

Here are some things I’ve eaten recently that don’t deserve their own posts.

Gyenari for happy hour. I really like the ginger ribs. It’s not the best rib meat you’ll have by any means, but it’s a sweet bite.

The Original Thai BBQ Restaurant. I wonder if it really is the original.

Carne con Chile Verde at El Compadre in Echo Park. Despite the fact that I had to use my Droid as a flashlight to take a picture, this is good gringo Mexican food.

What are really good at El Compadre are the Flaming Margaritas.

Sometimes the simplest meals are the best.  Mabo tofu.

I think I’ve gained all the wedding weight loss back and more.

Being Grown Up Sucks

Michelle and I are almost settled into our new place. There are a couple key pieces of furniture missing, and the kitchen supplies are not completely put away yet, but things are shaping up. We’re getting used to being in each other’s faces all the time, and it’s not too bad.

The one thing we don’t like is being responsible. We need more paper towels. We should return this trash can, because we found it for less money elsewhere. We need to clean the floors. We have to wash the sheets. There’s laundry to be done. It’s like all our free time is spent running errands. We want to go back to our care free days. Maybe my parents will let us move in with them.

The one thing we have tried to save time for is food and drink. We have to eat so it’s a good pause to all the running around. Saturday, per Julian’s suggestion we went to check out Mama’s Lu in Monterey Park. I think it’s supposed to be “Mama Lu’s” but the Chinglish is overpowering. As it took five minutes to pull around the parking lot Michelle said, “Remember when we were going to live here?” I quickly and adamantly responded, “There was no way I was going to let us live out here. Can’t stand the Chinese.” The food is good though.

We got too excited and forgot to snap a picture in its whole form. This is the roast beef noodle soup. So good for a hangover, which one of our friends was suffering from at the time.

The shrimp, chive, and pork dumplings. Juicy and the shrimp was cooked perfectly, not overcooked like a lot of places tend to do when it comes to dumplings.

Vegetable dumplings. Normally I like meat, meat, and meat with a side of meat, but these are really good.

Fish dumplings. Normally not the meat of choice for dumplings. I would order these again.

Shanghainese style meatball. Why do they refer to these as “lion’s head?”

Xiaolongbao. These are some of the best I have ever had. I wish someone would break a hundred of these open, drain the juices into a cup, and hand me a straw.

We’re all still discovering the area around us. LaRocco’s Pizza in Culver City is a little spot we discovered after looking for a place to grab a slice of pizza, since we weren’t very hungry. The joint is small, and they tell you on the door that they close then they run out of dough. As we experienced depending on the order load they have, they run out of different types of their pizza for thirty minutes at a time, but that allows you to try their other styles of pizza. They are all delicious.

The ricotta cheese on this has the perfect texture to compliment the crust, which is crisp but not hard.

Michelle really liked this one. Spinach and cherry tomatoes.

Another Delicious Weekend

I went three for three on going out for this past weekend. That is pretty good for me. Normally one of my days is reserved for nothing. Nothing is important after getting my ass kicked all week.

Friday I got to have dinner with Michelle and my Cousin Trevor. He picked Sake House Miro on Miracle Mile for us to meet up. The sushi was pretty good. Also the Butter Fish isn’t shown here, but it is awesome. They must get fish to adapt to swim and live in vats of butter.

This is no optical illusion. The beer is the size of Michelle’s head.

There are lots of other things on the menu, which don’t seem to fit. I ordered the Garlic and Naan Pizza because it seemed so out of place on the menu. It was actually pretty good.

Saturday was a Christmas party for Michelle and her dorm friends. It’s hard to tell from this picture, but it was a pajama party.

This is one of my weaknesses. I always forget what these are called, but they are awesome.

Some of the people had too much fun and took the theme a little too seriously.

Sunday I had the pleasure of joining a bunch of food loving Internet nerds (and I mean that in the best way possible) for a meal at Shu Feng Yuan in San Gabriel. I am by no means a foodie, but I do love food, just not in the same way that these people do. I have a much simpler understanding of food, but I’d like to think my enjoyment of the food is as great even if my ability to describe it is not up to par.

I have no idea which dish is which, but you have lamb, brazed pork, various noodles, sea cucumber, chicken soup, kidney, intestines, pork blood, pig ears, frog legs, and diced rabbit.  Can you guess which dish is the least spicy? It’s the least red one. I enjoyed this meal thoroughly and enjoyed the company just as much.

I saw Avatar this weekend. Stay tuned for that.

Because we’re Asian…

Om nom nom…

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Blame the Chinese

Scientists have said the melting polar ice caps are responsible for the rising ocean levels. Yay, beach front property! I would like to offer another explanation for the rising waters, a problem that has plagued the world for a long time. China.

Those guys can’t stop making babies over there. It must be something in the rice. I think they’re weighing down their continent and displacing the water in the oceans like a couple of fat kids in an inflatable raft.

Let’s just hope they don’t all decide to jump at the same time and hurl Earth off it’s orbit and into the sun.

A Chinese Guy Who is Actually Funny

I ran across this video of a Chinese comedian on Letterman, and he’s got some pretty good jokes. His timing seems to be off and the crowd is probably laughing at his awkward pauses and nerdy apperance. Still, I had a pretty good laugh.

I’m just glad to see a Chinese guy, who isn’t a doctor, lawyer, or engineer.

Drink American Beer or Communism Wins

Apparently Anheuser-Busch does not make the world’s most popular beer anymore. China has beaten America to that one with a beer that looks like a soda. The article goes on to say that America still has brands that are beating out everyone else in the world, but who do you think is consuming these products. If one out of every five people in China tries a product, it’s automatically the world leader. Competitions like this aren’t fair. It’s kind of like going against the Chinese kids in math competitions.