Jenga

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!

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.