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Tokyo Shabu Shabu – Rowland Heights

I’ve been to the Rowland Heights location a couple of times now. The first time I went, I ordered the vegetarian option. I know that sounds weird, but I was a vegetarian for a short time during the summer, and let me just say, it’s not worth having shabu shabu when you’re a vegetarian. It’s just not the same!

The second time I came, they were having a special combination price of $30 for two people. I ordered the wagyu beef special, in regular shabu shabu broth, which is essentially just water with kelp. My mom ordered the pork miso broth, which was very good.

The beef slices are definitely of high quality, but they’re also quite thin. At this shabu shabu restaurant, you can choose the amount of meat you want based on the sizes of the order. The normal order I got came with 6 ounces of meat, which isn’t very much when you think about it.

They do give you a large portion of veggies, with some udon noodles and glass noodles too. A few blocks of small tofu is also included.

Shabu shabu is great meal for a cold night, but nothing compares to my mom’s homemade shabu shabu.

Cheers
Josie

Diamond Life Plz
1330 S Fullerton Rd, Ste 108

Rowland Heights, CA 91748

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Pasadena’s Heidar Babar

I went here for the first time with a classmate and ordered off of the lunch specials menu. We were seated right away and were given menus. The restaurant was not too busy at the time.

I ordered a chicken kabob off of the lunch specials menu, which was around $7-8. Initially when I ordered it, I was wondering whether the portions would be small, since it said the dish would come with only one kabob. Now in my mind, I was just picturing one of those satay sticks, small, and gone within a few bites. But I was extremely surprised when my food arrived.

The portions are huge! The lunch special came with one large kabob, rice, a grilled tomato, and a side salad. I’m a big eater, so when I found myself getting full half-way through the dish, I was really surprised. It wasn’t what I thought it’d be like.

The kabob was grilled nicely outside, and tender on the inside. It had a nice blend of spices, which was coupled well lemon juice.

I would definitely come back here again! The food was definitely worth the price.

Only downside to this place is the service. It was pretty slow, even on a weekday and when it wasn’t busy. I found myself getting up to flag down a waitress every now and then. Other than that, it was great.

❤ josie

1511 E Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106

Sinbala – Arcadia

This popular Taiwanese restaurant is usually packed any day of the week, especially in the evening. Luckily, my friend and I went early in the day, so it wasn’t too busy. However, a few minutes after we arrived, the restaurant began to fill up.

I’ve been here a a couple of times before and have never been disappointed. It’s been a really long since I’ve been here, and each time I go, I always make an effort to try something new.

I ordered the fried chicken leg rice dish.

This dish comes with a side of steamed/boiled cabbage, mixed vegetables, fluffy fried soy sauce scrambled eggs, a bed of rice, and the fried chicken leg. The meat was taken off the bone of the chicken leg, and fried in slices. It has a good flavor, and a nice crunch to it. I love the taste of the soy sauce eggs, which are slightly sweet. The portions are fairly big here, and it was decently priced at $6.50.

I love Sinbala! However, it’s a pain having to wait in line for this place. I think the wait time can range around 20 minutes-1+hour on weekends (especially nights).

Try it out.

❤ josie

651 W Duarte Rd
Arcadia, CA 91007

Other dishes from sinbala: Spicy beef noodle soup, Sausage rice combination, black bean noodles.

Tenju Tea House – Temple City

Because of the recent blackout, a classmate and I headed to Tenju Tea House to study. (I’m actually here right now as I’m typing this).

I have power back in my house, but for many in my city and in neighboring cities, the power has yet to return.So I’ve been here a couple of times, but never to study, and I must say it is SUPER CROWDED. It was a pain trying to find seats, and find seats with electrical plugs.

I ordered the Mango Green Tea. It was really sweet, with a slight hint of mango flavor. It’s a little too sweet for my taste. If I had known it would be this sweet, I would’ve asked for half the sugar.

In addition, Tenju messed up on my classmate’s order. She had ordered the Honey Green Tea, and instead they gave her the honeydew tea.

Although Tenju offers free wifi, let me tell you it took forever to try and connect to it. It was a good 20 minutes for me to connect to the wifi, and maybe it was a good 30-40 minutes for my classmate to be able to connect to it. I don’t know if it’s because there’s a large number of people in this tea house, making it difficult to connect, but either way it was a pain in the butt.

Anyway, I wouldn’t make this my regular study location, but it will definitely make do for now.

❤ josie

5817 Rosemead Blvd
Temple City, CA 91780

Mr Pizza – Koreatown

Mr. Pizza Koreatown

A few weeks ago, Nicole, Justin, Alvin and I went to Koreatown for dinner. Nicole chose Mr. Pizza, the first and only of its kind in America. Mr. Pizza is apparently a well known pizza company in Korea.

The restaurant is big and very open, with high ceilings. It wasn’t too crowded on a Saturday night. We were seated right away, next to the window facing Wilshire Boulevard. There were a lot of choices on the menu. There were only a couple of “Korean” pizzas, including a Bulgogi pizza. Other than that, the other pizzas seemed like any other typical pizza.

We ordered the regular sized barbecue chicken pizza, the gold sticks, and this large pizza that was a combination of four different pizzas. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the pizza, but I think it’s a combination of the Secret Garden Pizza, the Potato Gold Pizza, the Shrimp pizza, and the last one is the supreme pizza (I think).

The barbecue chicken pizza was really good and straightforward as usual. The gold sticks were something new to me. They were these bread sticks filled with sweet potato. I was pleasantly surprised when I found that in the combination pizza, they used the gold sticks as the crust. Definitely different from your usual cheese stuffed crusts.

My favorite of the combination pizza was probably the Secret Garden pizza. I didn’t like the shrimp pizza all too much. I think seafood and pizza makes a weird combination. It just doesn’t suit my palette. PLUS, on a personal note, one of the things I consider when eating pizza is whether it’ll taste good cold.

I love cold pizza. Yes, as strange as that sounds, but definitely it’s a deciding factor for me.

But anyway, just to give you all a heads up, Mr. Pizza is pretty pricey. The combination pizza was $36 from my recollection. That is a lot for one pizza. I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much on a pizza before, but it was worth the one time try.

Overall I liked the restaurant. The food was good, but the prices were not.

Check it out.

❤ josie

3881 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Neighborhood: Koreatown

Onionhead – Industry

Onionhead is a new pan-Asian restaurant that opened up in the poorly named STC Plaza (one letter away from a D imho. -_-“) off the 60 Freeway. My friends and I had a pretty late lunch, after doing Black Friday shopping in the desert.

This was despite knowing that we had a Thanksgiving dinner attend < 2 hours later, at a French restaurant in Rosemead. Ah well, what else are the holidays about except excess and gluttony?

Some of us ordered from tea time special menu (3-6 pm), so everyone ended up capitalizing on their unlimited free refills policy, being the freeloaders we are. The milk tea is super sweet and a surprisingly strong diuretic that left me bloated afterward and needing to use the restroom throughout the rest of the night.

Baked pork chop and rice (焗豬扒飯) – A classic Cantonese dish found at every cafe. The best dish out of the 5 we ordered. The pork was cooked really well: juicy, tender and flavorful.

Laksa – Malaysian noodle soup with coconut milk. It was pleasantly spicy, filled with mussels and other seafood critters, but the soup was really watery (the chef skimped on coconut milk). I really disliked the noodles though: underboiled, hard to chew and totally bland. I’m still convinced that they just used spaghetti noodles. I like laksa with flat rice noodles (河粉), which soak in the flavors well.

Hainan chicken rice (海南雞飯) – Janet ordered this classic Singaporean dish, chicken breast slices, served with 3 sauces: ginger, sambal and soy sauce and special rice that’s been cooked in broth. The chicken was good.

Chicken noodles in garlic sauce – stir-fried noodles with chicken drenched in a flavorless garlic sauce. This dish reminded me of the low sodium foods served at retirement homes. I ended up putting the leftovers in the laksa soup.

Spaghetti bolognese – I didn’t try this dish, because it had beef in it. But it was apparently decent.

I can’t comment much on the service. We were the only folks inside for tea time, so the waitress was attentive and responsive.

Onionhead (洋蔥頭)
18508 E Gale Ave Ste A
Industry, CA 91748

Class 302 – Rowland Heights

Class 302 is pretty well known among Asians in the LA area, especially for its shaved snow (a dessert similar to shaved ice, except the “snow” has a really fine consistency) and its kitschy school lunch box meals. The place has wooden school desks and a blackboard, reminiscent of old school classrooms. This was my first time coming to Class 302 with my DSLR, so I decided to snap pics and make the most of it.

While waiting for my high school friends to arrive, I ordered an appetizer of sweet potato fries (with plum spices) to prevent them from kicking me out (it was a rather busy Sunday). To my surprise, the fries were hearty and thick, and made just right: crispy and flavorful batter that retained the sweet potato’s juicier innards)

When my friends arrived, we ordered, after a bit of thinking. One of my pet peeves, as I’ve mentioned, are poorly designed menus. Class 302’s is no exception. It was pretty difficult to navigate through bulky binders with sheet protectors and too many pages.

I ordered the railroad pork chop noodles, a fried slab of pork chop over a noodle soup. The soup was bland, but the portions were pretty big. Likewise, I thought the railroad pork chop wasn’t seasoned enough.

My friends got combo biandang (便當) meals instead: Rosemary salmon with Taiwanese sausages, and Basil chicken with preserved vegetables (鹹菜). I sampled a bit of their meals, which were pretty bite-sized and came in metal lunch boxes. Nothing special imho. I thought the chicken was a bit greasy and the salmon was bland.

For dessert, we split a green tea flavored shaved snow, with red beans and mochi, along with a heapful of condensed milk, even though it was raining that day. They make pretty damn good shaved snow. Everything melted in my mouth like I wanted to, but I still think Pa Pa Walk’s shaved snow trumps Class 302.

Peace, Justin

Check out Josie’s review of Class 302 before.

P.S. The parking can be maddening, especially on the weekends, because that plaza is anchored by a 99 Ranch Market and Class 302 is surrounded by a medley of Chinese restaurants.

Class 302 (三年2班)
1015 Nogales St # 125
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Western Doma Noodles – Koreatown

Western Doma Noodles is one of those hole-in-the-wall restos, located in a pretty shady strip mall, but serves hearty meals. Apparently the ahjummas who service the tables liked our group, so we got a complimentary appetizer of ddukbokki, spicy rice cakes with gochujang sauce, along with an array of other banchan, or side dishes.

As the restaurant’s name implies, their name to fame are their handcut noodles, kalguksu, served with a broth of your choosing. We shared the seafood and kimchi kalguksu, which came in pretty large portions. I’d say that these are among the best noodles I’ve had.

We also ordered a side of mandu, steamed dumplings with pork (or beef?). I remember being confused by the mystery meat inside, which smelled like beef to me, but looked like pork. Ah well..

Definitely recommended, for a cold winter day!

Address: 429 N Western Ave Ste 10, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Peace, Justin

Com Tam Thuan Kieu – San Gabriel

A plate of com tam and seven different sides

Cơm tấm, or ‘broken rice’, is literally made out of broken rice grains, served with a variety of Vietnamese entrees.

At Com Tam Thuan Kieu, very popular among Vietnamese folks in the San Gabriel area, you can choose your sides. My sister and I opted for grilled pork and 7 sides (a fried egg roll, steamed egg, shrimp cakes, pickled vegetables), for only $7.99.

The dish came with 2 bowls of meaty soup and was enough to feed the both of us.

Peace, Justin

Com Tam Thuan Kieu
120 E Valley Blvd Ste I & J
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Saladang Song – Pasadena

I’m not a fan of upscale Thai restaurants, but Saladang Song is indeed a nice place to dine. My mom enjoys eating here because of the ambiance and atmosphere, with Thai pop ballads humming in the background. There’s a large industrial/urban-style courtyard that has a lot of outdoor seating. And everyone’s seated in wicker chairs.

The food’s a bit on the expensive side, especially considering that there are far better deals in the 626. Nothing special about it, from pad see ew to ba mee. Portions are decent, but nothing was particularly memorable.

Kuay tiow: Thai noodle soup with fish balls and wontons

Khao ga pao: Stir-fried pork with chili and basil

Khanom jeen sao nam: Rice vermicelli with pineapple, garlic, coconut cream, ginger, dried chili and fish balls.

Nam prik Saladong Song: Grilled salmon served with a dip of kiwi fruit, mushroom, garlic, onion and chili and vegetables

Map: 383 S Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 | Yelp

Peace, Justin

Honeyboba – Arcadia

Honeyboba: Caramel Milk Tea + Pudding + Boba

I went here for the second time last night, with my friend Jenny. I wanted to try this to compare it to Half & Half’s. It was pricey, almost $5 after tax. It was really good though. It tasted really similar to Half & Half’s. I couldn’t finish the drink though, normally I can with Half & Half’s.

Anyway, it was good…better than my first experience here with the overly sweet Hello Honey Milk Tea.

❤ josie

Capital Seafood – Rowland Heights

Capital Seafood Restaurant is a staple in my family. When we can’t decide on a place to eat, this is always our fallback option, because the food is that good. In the countless number of times I’ve eaten there, I’ve never left with a complaint, only with a full stomach.

Their lunch special prices are rock bottom (all dishes are under $7.25) and taste great. Also, another rarity in Asian restaurants: good service. The waiters are friendly and polite, even engaging in conversation on occasion. Rice is also unlimited at no extra charge!

My favorite dish there is the pan fried sweet and sour fish, an whole fish that is fried to perfection and soaked in a delicious sweet and sour sauce. (The sauce is so good that if there are leftovers, my mom will bring it back home to use in her dishes).

The lunch special menu also comes with 2 complimentary soups: a savoury sour bean curd soup with mushrooms and sliced bamboo shoots, and a warm tapioca dessert soup at the end.

1015 Nogales St Ste 132, Rowland Heights, CA 91748 | Yelp

Peace, Justin

Bombay Bite – Westwood

There are only a handful of Indian restos near UCLA. Most are scattered on Westwood Blvd, south of Wilshire. I finally had the chance to try Bombay Bite, which is pretty close to the campus, earlier this year. Alvin and I intended to get Bruin Bowls for $5 (unfortunately, we were told that they’re only for takeout.)

Everything was unremarkable and expensive and portions were very small. I was not impressed.

My family has a penchant for good Indian food (especially lamb curries), so I was sorely disappointed by the dishes I had.

Address: 1051 Gayley Ave, Westwood, CA 90024 | Yelp

Peace, Justin

P.S. Indian food aficionados, there is a GOOD Indian buffet near the Westwood Pavilion mall called Jaipur that will not disappoint.

Sushi Factory – San Jose

On one of our final meals in Norcal, we went to Sushi Factory, an AYCE sushi buffet.

I don’t recall much of it, now. I do remember how puny the inari were (each order came with 2 measly inari). And I thought their hand rolls were pretty decent.

Miso

All in all, I don’t think it can compare to Midori (review here), another AYCE chain down in Socal.

Address: 4632 Meridian Ave San Jose, CA 95124 | map

Peace, Justin

Lette Macarons – Pasadena

‘Lette Macarons: Salted Caramel, Pistachio, and Earl Grey Tea

If you guys remember a while back, I had asked what macarons tasted like and if they were any good. Well I finally got a chance to eat a macaron for the first time the other day.

I was in Old Town Pasadena, buying a wedding present at Crate and Barrel. I walked by this macaron shop once before a few weeks before then, but was in a rush so I didn’t get anything. However, I was determined to try my first macaron.

Justin suggested that I try the earl grey tea macaron. While I was there, I picked up a salted caramel macaron and a pistachio macaron for Justin. The salted caramel was amazing! The earl grey tea had the tea flavor, but the filling’s texture threw me off. But I’m a huge fan of caramel, so I loved the nutty flavor of the salted caramel. yum! I’m craving macarons now.. must eat!

Each macaron is $1.70.

try it out

❤ josie

14 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

edit: haha someone pointed this out to me…

If you notice, Justin’s icon is on this post indicating that he made the post, but the post is signed with my name. The reason is because Justin uploaded the pictures but I wrote the review. 🙂