Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thai Tea with a Twist!

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Fluff Ice

My friend Doreen introduced me to Fluff Ice in Monterey Park. I took sampled the original and peach flavors.  It's flavored ice shaved into ribbons which are actually good, esp on a nice day.

Just opened 4 months ago

And Yesterday
they introduced a New Flavor!

Thai Tea*

A deconstructed version with condensed milk
and a very nice flavor...

Where else can you get a Thai Tea dessert?

500 N Atlantic Blvd, Suite 153
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 872-2123

Read Doreen's review

Please Note:

Monday - Thursday: 1 pm - 11 pm
Friday: 1 pm - 12 am
Saturday: 11 am - 12 am
Sunday: 11 am - 11 pm

Thanks Matt!

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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* Photo by Fluff Ice

Monday, August 29, 2011

San Diego Food Adventure

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August 28th was my San Diego Food Adventure

I love heading down to San Diego, especially since the Valley has been over 100 degrees. Today was the beginning of the 75th Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo at the San Diego Convention Center, you know, where they have Comic Con...

Before heading to the Gaslamp District, I stopped off to see my friend Kate and to sample her latest sushi creations, see Miss Sushi San Diego.

Red Head Roll (Top)

Shrimp Tempura Roll topped with spicy tuna, spicy sauce, and crunchies.

Volcano Roll (Bottom)

Eel, salmon, cream cheese, imitation crab, avocado, Halibut,
dynamite sauce, and eel sauce.

Both rolls very good and served with cucumber and seaweed salad.
Go see Kate!

Follow her Facebook Fan Page

Rancho Santa Fe Farmer's Market

It's a beautiful Day in the Gaslamp District of San Diego

San Diego Convention Center

Sorry, No Pictures inside the expo...

OK, I'll see what I can do

Maplewood Bacon Frozen Yogurt

No bacon flavor, just tasted like maple.

For this to be one of the four largest food shows in the US,
only ONE hot dog vendor?

What is happening to the All-American food?

It was a good show, not too much new stuff for me to see.
Loved the Expo Comida Latina...

Now it was time to head to visit some friends and enjoy the cool weather in San Diego.

Ahh, Summer's Ending Soon...

Photos by Jay Terauchi

Friday, August 26, 2011

Dumplings Close to Home

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Din Tai Fung
It's not your typical dim sum...

It's funny to hear from my friends who go to Taiwan and come back to tell me about this great dumpling house with Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings). I ask if they went to "Din Tai Fung"? The answer is always YES. I tell them they have a Los Angeles location in Arcadia and this one is much closer to home.

Soup dumplings have a bit of soup inside them, so it's best to eat the whole thing vs trying to bit it in half. Be careful tho, when they come out of the steamer, the soup is very hot.

When making them, they place a bit of gelatin inside the dumpling. When heated, this gelatin turns into a liquid, hence the soup inside the filling (pork, seafood, etc.).

Steamed Pork Dumplings (10 pcs)
(soup dumplings)

Shrimp Noodles

Shrimp and Pork Shiomai (10 pcs)

Pork Chop Fried Rice

One of the must haves when dining with me
The pork chop is well cooked and not greasy...

They get really crowded, so plan on waiting. BTW, they have two locations, right next door to each other. Don't ask why, but I prefer the original location.

1108 South Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 574-7068

Soup Dumplings

Photos by Jay Terauchi

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ramen Monday - August 29

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Ramen Monday Already?

Hakata Ramen

Geez, it's been over 10 years that I've been eating ramen here. In fact, on my way to Japan, we stopped off here to eat before getting on a plane for the 10 hour flight to Narita.

Hakata ramen is a tonkotsu based broth, made with pork bones. For lunch, I usually get the A-Set, Hakata Ramen and Pan Fried Mini Gyoza Dumplings for $7.25. But today, I opted for the new G-Set: Hakata Ramen and a Beef Bowl.

Hakata Ramen
with extra ginger

Beef Bowl
with rice

It isn't as good as it was 10 years ago. The broth doesn't have the flavor it once did and they're cutting back on the thickness of the chashu and also garnishes, I asked for extra ginger. It's a decent bowl of ramen and I can see why it's still popular, but not like it used to be.

Hakata Ramen
2015 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. #C
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 329-1335

More Ginger Please!

Photos by Jay Terauchi

Ramen Lunch Special

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New Menu
1/2 1/2 1/2
is no longer available

Ton Chan Ramen's
Lunch Special

Having heard me talk about Ton Chan Ramen, my biz partner @Rhinofishfood wanted to meet up for lunch and try their famous tonkotsu ramen. On my first visit, I noticed the lunch specials, see my first visit (Ramen Monday) with Doreen Fang. The 1/2 Ramen, 1/2 Fried Rice, and 1/2 Karaage Chicken stuck in my mind.

So today, while Jeff Nitta had the Hakata Shio Ramen with 1/2 Fried Rice, I opted for the 1/2, 1/2, 1/2...

1/2 Tokyo Shoyu Ramen

1/2 Fried Rice

1/2 Karaage Chicken
served with corn, broccoli, carrots, and potato salad


Mango Custard
for dessert

Everything was well cooked and tasted great. This is a place that I would definitely come back to... They'll probably see me on September 4th for the Ramen Speed Eating Contest.

All for $8.95

Monday - Friday
11 am to 3 pm

821 W Las Tunas Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 282-3478

Have to find an excuse to go back.
Who wants to go?

Photos by Jay Terauchi

National Peach Month!

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August is National Peach Month!

It was interesting to find out that peaches originated in China, for some reason I always thought Persia. Maybe it's because in school, I learned that the English name "Peach" comes from the Latin word meaning "Persian Apple", did you know that?

Regardless, this is the month for peaches...

Peaches and White Nectarines

Thanks to my friend Doreen Fang for introducing me to Fluff Ice in Monterey Park. Since it's National Peach Month, I tried the mango. Duh, I had the peach...

Peach Fluff Ice

Read Doreen's Dining with Doreen

Fluff Ice isn't your typical shaved ice, it's flavored ice that is shaved into ribbons. The texture and flavor makes for a nice refreshing dessert on a hot day. You can get toppings with it, but today it was all about the PEACH! I'll have more on Fluff Ice in a week or two, so stay tuned...

500 N Atlantic Blvd, Suite 153
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 872-2123

Thanks Matt...

Happy National Peach Month!

Photos by Jay Terauchi

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ramen Monday - August 22

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It's Ramen Monday again...

Ton Chan Ramen
San Gabriel
(Now Closed)
Heard from my Twitter friend @sherimiya that they went to Ton Chan Ramen in San Gabriel over the weekend and said it was a solid. Ton Chan Ramen has been on my list since they opened earlier this year. They're located right next door to Golden Deli on Las Tunas Drive. Since Sheri gave the nod, thought that it needed to be moved up on the list.
My friend Doreen and I were having lunch that day, so I asked her if she was up for ramen? I gave the restaurant a heads up that we were coming in for lunch on Tuesday.

Tokyo Shoyu
Standard Toppings: egg, chashu, and green onions
Additional Toppings: bok choy and bean sprouts
I asked Yukiko (server and twitter maven) for her recommendation and she mentioned the Tokyo Shoyu. It's also my favorite, so that's what I ordered.

Hakata Shio
Standard Toppings: egg, chashu, green onions
Additional Toppings: Kikurage mushrooms & corn
Doreen went for their popular selection with her favorite toppings. When the bowls arrived, she noticed some black charred specks around the bowl. We found out that it's blackened garlic that has been ground up to serve as a flavor additive. It did have a nice smokey flavored taste to it.
By the time we shot the video for Doreen's post and article (links to follow), I noticed a film that had formed on the surface, will explain below. Regardless, the soup was very tasty and noodles were well cooked.

Hakata Shio
Thinner Noodles
This order came with thin noodles, we found out that the thicker broth is better with thinner noodles so the broth doesn't stick to the noodles and get your lips greasy. That makes sense...

Tokyo Shoyu
Thicker Noodles
Chef Hideyuki Sakai came by our table and introduced himself. He explained what traditional tonkotsu ramen is supposed to be like, a very thick broth and why the Kyushu garlic oil was used. It was very interesting to hear, maybe I'll do an in-depth explanation at a later date.

Teppan Gyoza
on a sizzling platter
Chef Sakai said everything served is made from scratch, the gyoza was well cooked and had lots of flavor. Something that I'll order again on my next visit.
One of the things that stood out in my mind was that Sakai san uses a lot of pork bones to make his soup stock. Not only does he cook them for over 30 hours, but this process releases the gelatin from the bones and it does leave a coagulated layer on the top of the soup, as mentioned earlier. If you've ever eaten bone marrow, then you know what I'm talking about...

Mango Custard
What a nice way to end our lunch...
Chef Sakai
and the staff at Ton Chan Ramen
We enjoyed your hospitality, ramen education, and laughs...

Ton Chan Ramen
821 West Las Tunas Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 282-3478

Monday - Friday: 11 am to 3 pm, 5 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 10 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 9 am
Ramen Speed
Eating Contest
September 4, 2011 from 5 pm - 9 pm
Spicy Ramen Challenge Prizes
1st & 2nd Place: FREE ramen for 1 year
3rd Place: FREE ramen for 6 months
Regular Ramen Challenge Prizes
1st Place: FREE ramen for 1 year
2nd and 3rd Place: FREE ramen for 6 months
(All prizes limited to 1 ramen bowl per day)
Thanks to Doreen Fang
She's the real journalist,
I just play a restaurant guy...
Photos by Jay Terauchi

Thursday, August 18, 2011

True Food Kitchen

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Globally Inspired Cuisine
Great Tasting Food, That's Good for You!
I was invited out to dinner tonight and this time I didn't have to cook for anyone or have to fix a mistake. We met up at True Food Kitchen at Santa Monica Place, opened about 3 months ago. It's a restaurant developed by Fox Restaurant Concepts and best-selling healthy-living author Dr. Andrew Weil. This Phoenix-based restaurant features a menu and ambiance that appeals to sophisticated diners pursuing a balanced lifestyle. OR someone like me who wanted to try a good tempeh burger...

Medicine Man

Olivello Juice, Pomegranate Juice, Cranberry Juice, Black Tea,
Soda Water and Blueberries

One of their most popular Natural Refreshments

See What Jay Eats...

We thought we ordered the Summer Chopped
But not according to the menu


Whatever it is...It was very good.
Mixture of kale and lettuce

Grass Fed Bison Burger

Umami Mushroom & Onions, Mayo & Parmesan on Flax Bun
Served with kale salad and sweet potatoes

Very good!

Wild Ahi Sliders

Wasabi Aioli, Radish Sprouts, Avocado & Cucumber
Served with kale salad and sweet potatoes

Tasted like frozen tuna tho...

Andy's Favorite "TLT"
Tempeh, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, Mayo & Whole Grain Bun
Served with kale salad and sweet potatoes
This was the reason why we came to try the tempeh burger.
The tempeh was crispy and not mushy like other places.
We didn't try any of their gluten free crust pizzas (available) or their soups, but what we did have was pretty good. I'd like to try some of their entrees next time.
Overall, good food and great service. Thanks to Tristian, all of the recommendations were right on, except we're not sure of the name of the salad...
BTW, with each sandwich, you get a choice of sides (sweet potatoes or kale salad). We opted for half and half, hence the sweet potatoes and kale on each plate.
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 593-8300

For Orange County Folks...
They have a Fashion Island location

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ramen Monday - August 15

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It's Ramen Monday!

Mottainai Ramen

This was my second visit to Mottainai. This time I ordered the Yokohama Pork Freaker (Mild), the first time I had the Tokyo Sho-yu Props ($6.95) with the White Bomb ($1.50).

Yokohama Pork Freaker (Mild)
Bamboo shoots, green onions, chashu, and nori

Not really a fan, but interesting syrupy broth
Flavor was good, just wasn't a fan of the broth texture.

Gyoza (5 piece)

Forgot to order the White Bomb (garlic flavor extra) for $1.50, they also have a Red Bomb (spicy) too. It adds a bit of garlic flavor or spiciness to the broth.

Overall, the service was really good, gyoza was above average but a bit greasy, noodles cooked well, but should have ordered the Tokyo Sho-yu Props ramen instead. Live and learn...

You can order a larger portion or extra noodle too...

See you next Monday!

Pacific Square
1630 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Suite 9
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 538-3233
Closed Tuesdays

Photos by Jay Terauchi

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Second Slice of Cake: Eat Cake Cafe

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Second Slice

I can't decide...

Seems to be the question at Eat Cake Cafe,
too many good things to eat.

Almost too nice to eat

Until it's cut, guests should be able to find the answer themselves

Here's the beginning of the story...
(it's painted on the floor)

You'll have to come and see how it ends

"And it's Gluten-Free"

Chocolate and Strawberries

Could it get any better?

Lots of goodies to choose from
and to enjoy

19705 E Colima Road
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(909) 468-CAKE

Find out more:

Tell them Chef Jay says Hello!

Photos by Jay Terauchi