Asian food

Brodard’s Restaurant

I took my mom out on a date to Brodard Restaurant in Garden Grove. I had to take her here since she has never been! This Vietnamese restaurant is known for their spring rolls. It is mandatory that you order them as appetizer before chowing down on your pho. I repeat, mandatory!

For $7, they will give you 4 rolls or you can get 3 rolls for $5.25. They are called Nem Nöôùng Cuoán aka pork spring rolls. It has grilled pork sausage wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, chives, daikon and mint served with house special sauce. That sauce is amaze-sauce. It does not hurt to dunk and drench your spring rolls into it because it is sweet but light in flavor. It is not overwhelming on the palette at all!

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I wasn’t feeling pho that day and I just didn’t want to feel so greasy so I got myself vermicelli with a side of the fish sauce that you pour over. Somehow that fish sauce goes a long way!

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I feel like at all the Vietnamese restaurants I’ve been to, they tend to stuff the vermicelli bowl with a lot of noodles, vegetables, and meat! I even think that I have too much meat left and not enough noodles which is a great thing! With this one, I loved every slurp of the noodles.

I didn’t think I was going to be able to finish the bowl because I was pretty full even from the spring rolls! I couldn’t waste the food and it wasn’t a good idea to take it home because the noodles would get too soggy. So I just had to finish it!

I’ve been to Brodard’s Restaurant numerous times and I have never been disappointed of their food! My mom definitely loved her spring rolls experience. Yelpers love this place as they currently stand with 4 out of 5 stars and with 3500+ reviews! Wew!

Wow, thirty five hundred is a lot. Good for Brodard’s Restaurant!

Side note: Don’t go to Brodard’s Restaurant on Tuesdays because they are closed. My friends and I went there on a Tuesday and found the parking lot surprisingly empty because they were closed. It was one of the most upsetting food adventures ever. You can always go to the fancy one called Brodard Chateau but I would say it’s not worth it. Stick with the regular Brodard’s Restaurant.

After dinner, we walked over to 85 Degrees Bakery within the same plaza. I got myself some bread with chocolate. I don’t even know what kind of bread it was but I saw chocolate chips in them and had to get it instantly. I’ve been loving chocolate chips for some odd reason. Actually, I love sweets in general.

I enjoy taking my mom out to new places and I can’t wait to take her somewhere new again! Any suggestions? Please include dessert or coffee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sup Noodle Bar

The weather has been a little bipolar here in SoCal. You just never know what to expect the next day or any day. One of my friends described SoCal’s weather perfectly, “SoCal is the only place where you can experience four seasons in one day.” Well said, right?

Luckily, one day recently, it was cold just like how it should be since it’s still considered winter during this time. When it’s a gloomy afternoon with grey clouds, pho somehow best suits the mood in these situations. So my friends and I went to Sup Noodle Bar in Buena Park.

We first started off with their one of kind Shaken House Fries.This appetizer was monstrous in size and mouth watering to look at.

It had truffle fries topped with shaken short rib, garlic, carmelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese, and chef’s suace. There was ketchup too but we barely touched that because it was still good without it.

You definitely want to share the fries because it will easily fill you up and you might not have room for your actual entree.

I got the Shaken Pho Bac with brisket which is basically your classic bowl of pho. I don’t know what that broth was all about but it was good! I was surprised how it just didn’t taste like any other broth because it had a soothing taste and made it more perfect to have for the cold weather.

If it ever gets cold again in SoCal, make sure to check out Sup Noodle Bar. Well, it doesn’t really have to be a chilly day but if you’re around Buena Park, I would highly suggest this place. I definitely want to come back here for those fries and that broth! I have to ask the chef about that broth.

Yelp gives them 4.5 stars with 245 reviews. Yelpers also like their fries and the broth!

Thanks Stanley and Elaine for the fellowship over lunch! Elaine, I’m glad you wanted their fries because that was seriously, amazing!

SGV – Round 3

Ok, don’t judge! I know it seems like I go to San Gabriel Valley every other week. I think it’s actually just once a month for now. This time I went with a different crew again. This was especially for Briana since she’s been wanting to go since forever ago. She finally had the time for it, so we decided to explore.

For dinner we went to Newport Tan Cang Restaurant in SGV. It got 4.5 stars out of 1200 reviews. So it was a definite yet to check it out. When we got there, oh man. It was no bueno. Parking lot was tiny and the wait was 2 to 2.5 hours! We barely waited for five minutes. We had to leave immediately because we were starving.

This picture doesn’t show you justice of how crowded the place was. You just had to be there to see.

Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant

Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant

We Yelped another place and found Savoy Kitchen. This place got 4 stars out of 1700 reviews so we were hoping it wouldn’t too crazy like Newport Tan Cang. Luckily, it wasn’t! Well, that was only because our group had 4 people. If it was 5, I’m sure we would’ve waited longer. The seating arrangement is a little odd. The restaurant can probably only fit about 20 people for small groups of 4-5. Outside is for larger groups, but probably only a few large groups.
Savoy

We all shared an appetizer of shrimp egg rolls with a dip of orange sauce. I can’t tell you what the orange sauce is all about but all I can say is that it’s called orange sauce because it’s orange according a waiter there. They were simple and good. You can’t go wrong with them egg rolls much.
Shrimp Egg Rolls

So Savoy is known for their Hainan Chicken and rice. Briana, Josephine and I all got the Hainan Chicken just because all the Yelp reviewers were praising so much about it. Josephine and Briana didn’t seem too fond of the whole plate. I think it was just too plain for them. I on the other hand probably liked it a little more than them but I wasn’t in love with it. I could see why people could be addicted to the Hainan Chicken though. Perhaps the simplicity of the meal of chicken, rice, and sauce, and the affordable price of about $7 makes it all worth it.
Hainan Chicken

The chicken is pretty plain but dipping it in the sauce provided made it a tad better. The sauce gave the rice and chicken together a sweeter taste. I really felt like I could have made the whole meal myself at home. So I’m glad that the meal was about $7.

Would I go to Savoy again? Nah…It was unfortunately a little overrated.

I do want to go to Newport Tan Cang Restaurant again. For the wait to be 2 hours long means that it’s a definite place to check out. Note to future self: Get there late afternoon and grab a number, hang out in SGV, then go back to the restaurant just in time for number to be called for dinner.

To completely end the night at SGV, one must go to Factory Tea Bar where the fun boba life happens. I finally got the chance to sit in the couch area like a cool kid. It made the experience at Factory Tea Bar so much more fun! (Somewhat joking and being serious.) I ordered Honey Green Milk Tea which was good as always. We all shared the brick toast with ice cream and popcorn chicken.
Boba and popcorn chicken.

In the beginning of the night, I rated the the Honey Green Milk Tea as my most favorite, then brick toast, then the popcorn chicken. Everyone thought the popcorn chicken deserved to go before the brick toast. I couldn’t understand why they were thinking that because who honestly hates ice cream and awesome brick toast bread? No one. After some time, I realized the popcorn did deserve to go before the brick toast. The brick toast and ice cream are good but together, it can be too sweet. You might feel a cavity somewhere. Popcorn chicken and Honey Green Milk balance each other out really well.
Famous brick toast with ice cream.

While eating, we played Jenga. It’s such an intense game that I love and hate it.
Jenga

After a few games of Jenga, we called it a night. Thank you friends for the fun-food filled night at SGV.

SGV, we are coming back for you so just to try Newport Tan Cang Restaurant. See you soon, SGV. See you soon!

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!

My Chocolate Flan

Ok, if you read my post from a few weeks ago you’d know who Luis is. Luis is the school bus driver at my church. So it was my turn to give Luis some kind of Korean food. I decided to get him some kim-bop aka Korean sushi. The difference between Japanese sushi and Korean sushi is that Japanese has raw meat. Korean sushi has vegetables and sometimes cooked meat.
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Before service started, I decided to give Luis his kim-bop so he could have it for lunch. I gave him the kim-bop and explained to him what it was. He said, “Wow, this looks really good!” He genuinely seemed excited to eat the kim-bop! His excitement made me excited for him to try it! After accepting the kim-bop, guess what he did. He pulled a bag out of nowhere and surprised me with chocolate flan!
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I was really surprised that he got me dessert for the second time! I said thank you to him a million times. Then I had to quickly leave because the parking lot people at church kept waiving at him to move.

Chocolate fan was of course, good! It was probably my second time ever to try flan. Thank you again, Luis!

626-SGV Night Out

There’s a YouTube music video called 626 by the Fung Brothers and they show you places to hang out in 626 aka SGV aka San Gabriel Valley. After I saw the video awhile ago, I always wanted to check out 626 but never got the chance to hit up the hot spots there. But. Luckily. I recently got the chance to go and really live out the music video! The Fung Brothers sing: “So what if we eat late. That’s how it’s suppose to be.” Surely, we did what the Fung Brothers said. We ate late. And guess what? That’s how it’s suppose to be. So it’s ok. I think we ate around 8:30PM at Sunday Bistro. It’s a Chinese restaurant known for their 300+ items on their menu of fusion food.

The plates were huge! So the five of us shared three plates of Indonesian fried rice, noodles, and filet mignon. Family style. I really liked the Indonesian fried rice because it was a tad bit spicy. It had this Asian homey taste. I don’t think you could ever go wrong with any kind of fried rice though. We also had some noodles which were like pansit noodles because they were thin and had a light taste to it. The noodles are deep fried for a second, so the edges of the noodles are crispy. Majority of the noodles are soft because of the sauce. There were some seafood on top of the noodles. I had a piece of squid and was not a big fan of it. Well, I’m not a big fan of seafood in general. Hence the dislike. Then we had the filet mignon which was surprisingly good. It was juicy and cooked really well. Really well as in they did a really  good job at cooking it. For three plates to feed five people for the cost of about $40 was all worth it.

Though it was pretty late when we finished dinner, we had to get some boba in SGV. You can’t go to SGV without getting some boba at Factory Tea Bar. Three things I need to mention about Factory Tea Bar. One. It’s where Wong Fu shot “When It Counts”. If you don’t know the video, just YouTube it. It’s a cute-cheesy hip-hop dance series with some well known dancers in it. Two. Factory Tea Bar was poppin’! A lot of people were there and it looked like a fun place to hang out. Three. Irvine needs a place like that where people can hang out in a spacious place and have some good drinks and sweets. If I were to own such a place, I’d have a mix of Factory Tea Bar and Starbucks/Coffee Bean.

FTB was pretty packed, so we had to wait probably for 10-15 minutes to get seated. I got the iced Honey Milk Green Tea. And I must say, it was good! That was actually my first time ever getting some kind of milk tea at a boba place. I’m glad my first milk tea boba experience was at FTB! They only have one size for their drinks for a little less than $4. It’s like the size of a venti at Starbucks. So it’s more than enough for one person. While we were sipping on our boba, we played Spoons and Jenga. We didn’t have all the blocks for Jenga but somehow the game was really intense and challenging. I ended up being the one to topple all the blocks..Fail! Next time, next time. GG, friends. GG.

After a long night at SGV, we had to head back to OC. Thank you Stanley for driving us to SGV! Thanks to the natives, Stanley and Albert,  for being hospitable in 626. Thank you SGV for being fun and different from Orange County.

I should have made a music video like the Fung Brothers while I was in SGV. Next time, next time. I have to work on my krumping moves first.

Class 302

My friend Phil had an odd craving for shaved ice on a cold day in December! I was pretty hesitant about eating shaved ice at 9PM on a weekday, but I told myself YOLO. Yes, I said YOLO. Phil said YOLO. We all said YOLO.

We went to Class 302 for their well known shaved ice. I’ve been to Class 302 a few times but I’ve only tried their porridge which I suggest you never getting. I’ve also tried their oreo mocha iced drink. Something like that. It was definitely better than the porridge.

So we picked a simple shaved ice which had strawberries and mangos. It was pretty good.
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The shaved ice was definitely huge! It’s probably good enough for 4 people. Somehow, we were able to kill it just the two of us. Don’t ask me how we were able to do that.

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The shaved ice was a little better than expected. I understand why people rage about the shaved ice, but I’m pretty indifferent about it for the most part. I guess it’s because I’m not a huge shaved ice fan. I have to say that it was better than Guppy’s shaved ice. The condense milk at Class 302 was not as too strong or too sweet as Guppy.

Thanks Phil for craving shaved ice since I was able to try something new! Remember #yolo.