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Kim Chuy – Alhambra

Sometimes all you want is a piping hot bowl of liquid and protein nourishment. And Kim Chuy Restaurant, one of my favorite Teochew noodle soup shops in the San Gabriel Valley, offers just that. It’s become my go-to place for a hearty bowl of noodles and soup.

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Julienne – San Marino

Recently my mom’s been asking me about a number of different brunch places that she’s recently come across by recommendation. I don’t eat brunch that often, simply because I don’t always have the time to and also because I’m kind of strange when it comes to breakfast or lunch. I often eat non-breakfast food for breakfast (ex: chimichangas and Marie Calendar chicken pot pies). So, it’s always a treat when we do go out to brunch. I honestly hadn’t heard of Julienne before, but was really intrigued when I perused the menu prior to eating there. It is on the pricier side, so for a student like me, I don’t recommend making it a habit to come here every weekend. Lucky for me, my parents decided to take their staff out for a company brunch and I got to tag along.

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Pho Across America – A New Blog!

Hi all,

My colleague is on a mission to eat phở in all 50 states, and is documenting and reviewing each visit!  Her ranking reviews take into consideration taste, service, portion size, garnish selection, cleanliness of restaurant, among other things.  All these factors into how excellent the phở experience is.

Her “What is Phở?” page gives a comprehensive overview of the dish that the Vietnamese culture is most popular for.

You can also check out some other articles relating to phở, like “Urban Legends: MSG,” to find out if MSG will really kill you or not.


Join her at her blog to check it out, maybe she’ll visit a phở shop near you.  Definitely will entice any phở-lover’s interest.

pho98 pho


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.


Diamond Life Plz
1330 S Fullerton Rd, Ste 108

Rowland Heights, CA 91748

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

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

An Open Letter To Yelp Reviewers of Vietnamese Restaurants

An Open Letter To Yelp Reviewers of Vietnamese Restaurants

By far the biggest complaint about Vietnamese food—not the restaurants, but the food—is that it’s full of scary, squiggly bits. Yes, you can get phở tái (rare slices of filet mignon) or phở chín (brisket), but you’re missing out on some of the seminal parts of phở. By complaining about it, you’re reducing your credibility—and if you really hate all those internal bits of non-steak meat, please don’t order them. Chicken with bones in is tastier than boneless chicken (and if you’re one of those people for whom even chicken drumsticks are too exotic, you are frankly beyond help).

To our f00dcoma followers and for any of our avid yelpers out there,

Just an article regarding Vietnamese cuisine that I came across via Nicole. It brings up a lot of valid points about the subjective side of reviews and the misunderstandings foodies come across when they don’t dine with an open mind.

❤ josie

Volcano Tea House

Boba Review: Volcano Tea House

There’s a boba fairy in my life, mmhmm… and her name is Rosalie. She magically shows up at my apartment in her car, and calls me to come down and hands me boba through her car window like magic. Every time it’s like whoa… seriously, yo!

Today she brought me boba from Volcano.. I don’t know if Justin has reviewed this place yet— I feel like he has, but I’m too lazy to go back through posts to find out.. but whatevs!

Rosalie brought me milk tea with boba, a classic. Although I love all things strawberry, sometimes it’s best to not mess with the great flavor of a classic. The milk tea is really good at this place.. it has nice sweet flavor to it that’s not overpowering. The boba here is also one of my favorites. It’s always soft and chewy, with a bit of resistance for a good bite. When it comes to a good boba drink I like to see a good milk tea to boba ratio. For me, I always hate it when there’s too much boba in my drink and not enough tea in it, but Volcano had a pretty good ratio, I didn’t have a lot of leftover boba. It might just be a preference thing, but I hate it when there’s leftover boba in the bottom of the cup and you’re just trying to suck it out and sometimes you even choke on one or two..haha

So thank you Rosalie for this nice reward after I just pwned my two finals these past two days.. haha I am so ready to take a short break before summer school and try out a bunch of new recipes.

My friend Calvin has recently sent me a recipe about an easy fake donut recipe. I kind of want to try it out, but we’ll see…

My rating for Volcano is 4.5/5