Asian American

Miho Korean Restaurant

I went on an afternoon date with my mom in Garden Grove. We actually did a few errands together and grabbed lunch at Miho Korean Restaurant. It’s a hole in the wall Korean restaurant in the Korean Town of Garden Grove. My mom likes to come here because they use more natural ingredients rather than adding MSG to make things more flavorful.

We ordered one of my mom’s favorite which is Kalguksu (kahl-gook-sooh). You can say that it’s the Korean version of chicken noodle soup. The difference is that the soup base is a little thicker and there’s different kinds of vegetables in it. It has a few different onions, squash, and potato pieces. Of course, there’s chicken and the noodles itself. It’s a simple meal.

We also ordered Gamjatang(gahm-jah-tahng). It’s a spicy soup with pork ribs topped with a handful of green onions and sesame seeds. Eating spicy Korean food like gamjatang is a love-hate relationship. You hate it because you have to pace yourself when you’re eating it because it’s so hot from being fresh. It’s also spicy hot so it’s hard to eat. But as you’re eating it, you love it because it’s good so you want more of it. The love-hate relationship for it then repeats. It’s a good battle to fight when you’re eating gamjatang.

My mom and I shared the kalguksu and gamjatang. We probably should have ordered just one or the other. Not both! I was more than stuffed after that. I don’t think I ate anything else for the rest of that day.

Thanks Umma (aka mom in Korean) for the date!

Urban Seoul

Urban Seoul is known as the “Korean food truck but at a restaurant”. Many are happy to know that there’s one in Irvine or even in Orange County aside from Hashigo in Costa Mesa. This place is still relatively new, probably a month or two old by now, located right in Diamond Jamboree plaza.
Urban Seoul

I went to Urban Seoul with Jennifer and Phil. They were purposely being awkward as mother and son. Sorry, that was an inside joke. But, can you see the awkwardness in that picture? Hope you can see and feel the awkwardness.
Mother and son.

The restaurant is pretty narrow and small, so beware of crowded space during dinner time.

There, I ordered a Kalbi Burger and it was good! The kalbi (the meat patty) made the burger taste sweet which made it different compared to my usual In-N-Out cheeseburger. I was sad that it came in slider form because I was expecting an actual burger. Two sliders were just not enough for me.
Kalbi Burger

So the three of us shared the Loaded Fries. They’re basically your chili cheese fries but fusion style. It had pork, cheese, jalapenos, and some onions.
Loaded Fries

Phil got the Kimchi Pancake Quesadillas. It obviously had kimchi (spicy cabbage dish), cheese, chicken, melted cheese, wrapped in crispy tortilla!
Kimchi Pancake Quesadilla

Jenn got the Bibibomp. It’s a bowl of rice with mixed vegetables. Rather than using typical Korean spicy sauce, they had a sauce that was a hint spicy and sweet. The sweetness of it made it fusion-y.
Bibibomp.

After eating all that madness, I asked myself like always when trying a new place, “Would I come here again?” The answer was probably not. No doubt was the Kalbi “Burger” good but it was just not filling. The portion and price of the meal ended up being the same as the food trucks. The only differences I found between the a Korean food truck and Urban Seoul were one, I could sit and two, I had to tip.

Before we left, we got a coupon for 15% off on our next meal there. I guess I’m actually going there again before the coupon expires!

Thanks other mother and son for trying Urban Seoul with me!

Tebo Tebo

No, I did not mean Tim Tebow. Tebo Tebo is a small Asian café that has all sorts of refreshing drinks like boba, slushies, and teas. You can’t have a boba drink without popcorn chicken. So they have that too and actual food like noodles and fried rice that you can order.
Tebo Tebo

The interior design of Tebo Tebo is pretty hip with the round seating arrangement against the walls and the long tables right in the middle of the restaurant. Since the place is small, it definitely feels packed in there other than the fact that there were a lot of people eating and waiting to be seated.

My friends and I got our own drinks and shared sweet potato fries and of course, popcorn chicken.
Popcorn Chicken

Our drinks came in this flask that made its presentation set apart compared to other boba places.

Because of the sunlight and poor background, I made the guys hold up napkins. Pretty funny.

Because of the sunlight and poor background, I made the guys hold up napkins. Pretty funny.

I wanted to get some kind of milk tea drink since I’ve been into milk tea lately. But because I was at Tebo Tebo, I had to get a non-milk tea drink. They’re known for their colorful, fruity refreshing drinks. So I got the Bimmer Girl which was like a smoothie kind of drink with pieces of strawberries and peaches. I’d have to say that it was probably the best one out of all the ones on the table. Not being bias at all. Ok, maybe a little. The drink was simple, refreshing, and flavorful. Just the way I like it. I’m definitely sticking with that drink again next time.
Bimmer Girl

Would I go out of my way to go to Tebo Tebo for some popcorn chicken and a boba drink in a flask next time? Probably not. I’d say it’s probably a good place to check out once because it’s different compared to your usual boba shops. The drinks would definitely be perfect for the summer time. Check it out if you’re in the Westminster area!

Thanks Derek and Doug for introducing me Tebo Tebo!
Group Picture

7 Leaves Cafe

When I first went to Fusion Tea Bar, my friends and I had talked to the manager before we left. He mentioned how the owner of Fusion Tea Bar was brothers with the owner of 7 Leaves. I actually had never heard of 7 Leaves Cafe until then. After he brought up 7 Leaves, I took a mental note of that and told Briana about it since she and I like to try new places together.

The day that Briana wanted to try Fusion Tea Bar for the first time ever, it was closed! We were pretty bummed about it. Really bummed actually. I was craving honey green milk tea that whole week and I never crave anything really. And Briana waited patiently for a week to try Fusion Tea Bar. We just wanted to treat ourselves to some good milk tea. But it wasn’t meant for us to have Fusion Tea Bar be that day. It just wasn’t.

We went over to Kean Coffee to make up for not getting Fusion Tea Bar but the place was just packed. It discouraged us from getting anything. Somehow in the midst of our disappointment of failed boba adventure, Briana suggested 7 Leaves out of nowhere. So we quickly found directions and immediately left!

Here are some notes to keep in mind before you go to 7 Leaves Cafe. One. Bring cash. Two. Location is no bueno. It’s almost hidden. Parking is bad. So carpool. If you can’t carpool then you may have to park in the neighborhood. Three. You can’t really hang out at 7 Leaves. There’s just only two small tables. You’re not going to want to hang outside either. There’s no really no space but the sidewalk. Just an FYI. There may be an intoxicated homeless person sitting in front of 7 Leaves Cafe. Not sure if he’s always there but if so, be careful. He came inside of 7 Leaves Cafe and came up to me and Briana and asked for money. He said a lot of scary nonsense that I will not share here. Please be careful.
7 Leaves Cafe

Though their menu is actually quite small and selective, it took awhile for me to decide what I wanted because they simply did not have honey green milk tea. I ended up getting the Jasmine Milk Tea which was a safe pick. The other drinks seemed a little too out there for me. I wasn’t ready for that. My main focus was to get some kind of drink similar to milk tea.
Jasmine Milk Tea

When it comes to drinks that are flower names, I can’t help but to think that I’m drinking poh-pur-ree. With that said, Jasmine Milk Tea tasted like popery. It wasn’t as sweet as Fusion Tea Bar’s milk tea. It had a light taste with a hint of popery. Would I go to 7 Leaves Cafe again? Eh, I wouldn’t go out of my way like I did this time around to go there. The drink was ok. I don’t think Jasmine Milk Tea is too much of a popular one, but the Mung Bean Milk Tea and the Sea Cream Jasmine Tea seem to be so instead.

Briana, I’m glad you were able to randomly think of 7 Leaves Cafe! Even though our experience was quite an interesting one, I’m glad we can check it off our list!

That’s Just Racist

Stacy and I went to Cheesecake Factory one night for dinner. We ordered spinach and cheese dip for appetizer and split an entree. At the end of our meal, we asked for our check. Our waitress did a quick double check to make sure that she was handing us the right receipt. Once she confirmed she said, “Yup, that’s your check.” We then looked at it and this is what we saw…

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Do you see the problem? If not, let me say one word. Asian.

Stacy is Asian. I am Asian.

It was definitely not the right check. We think the waitress gave us this check thinking that we being Asian ordered the Asian Chicken Salad. We weren’t offended. We just laughed it off. We could have said something but decided to not embarrass the waitress. It happens. She was busy. Perhaps I’m justifying her actions but we need to give her a benefit of a doubt.

Pretty funny though, huh?

Monsters Calling Home

Meet Monsters Calling Home. They’re an underground, indie band based in the Los Angeles area. Actually, they might not be an underground band for too long. They’re getting big. Be ready to see more of them in the near future.

One of their latest music videos, “Fight To Keep,” was all shot in the their Hondas. Even the drummer played in the car with his back hunched over. The whole music video is fun to watch and sing along to. Their performance in their Hondas brought attention to the corporate Honda company. Honda has a program called “Honda Loves You Back” where they support the community through different means. With that, they invited MCH to perform in front of hundreds of Honda employees. What MCH didn’t know about this opportunity to perform was that Honda was doing a prank slash surprise on MCH. Find out what happens to the band:

Watching this whole video made me really happy for the band. They definitely deserved to perform on the show.

I’m excited to say that they’re performing this weekend in Orange County! They’re already amazing to listen to, but I’m sure they’re even more amazing to watch and listen in person live.

Please support this band and make their dreams come true!