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Give Yourself a Treat with Dessert After your Meal

by admin @ Watercress Vietnamese Bistro Palm Springs

There are a variety of desserts offered at Watercress Vietnamese Bistro in Palm Springs.   One of the favorites is the Coconut Custard, Creme Brulee.   A amazing balance of texture and sweetness.

Publix debuts “Asian BBQ” Sub sandwich

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

UPDATE: April 7, 2013 I finally got to try the new Asian bbq sandwich from Publix! (Seen above) though not too much to do with a Vietnamese banh mi sub, the sandwich itself was not too bad. I enjoyed the pork but it could be improved with some more hoisin bbq sauce. They should make a spicy option of this sandwich with optional sriracha hot sauce. Overall, not too shabby Publix! ————– As described first by TheDailyCity.com here, Publix has unleashed their newest creation the Asian BBQ Sub sandwich, inspired by the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. The official post on the new sandwich can be found here: the official Publix post on new Asian BBQ Sub sandwich. The banh mi inspired sandwiches is nothing new, there have been many mainstream restaurants as well as local food trucks such as Big Wheel Food Truck who have put their own touches and homages on the Vietnamese street food dish. Publix is a local Central Florida institution and is well renown for their deli sandwiches. Is this move to an “Asian” inspired sandwich another step towards the bastardization of Vietnamese cuisine, a simple way to cash in on a cultural phenomenon, or just an evolution of American cuisine? The Publix Asian BBQ sandwich features roasted and shredded pork in a sweet chili BBQ sauce, topped with cucumbers, matchstick carrots, and fresh cilantro. If this was a true banh mi, traditionally they would use sweetly pickled cucumbers and carrots and there would be a liver pate and butter spread on a French baguette. I wouldn’t be so bothered by it all if they only spelled “banh mi” correctly on their site (incorrectly as “bahn mi”) or if they could get rid of those signs in Vietnamese that say “no parking” at their Publix store at Shine Avenue and Colonial, in the heart of the Vietnamese district in Mills 50. Signs in Vietnamese – literally “Parking for Publix Customers Only” – I think that would be nice if they changed to “Feel free to park here we love the Vietnamese community and their banh mi sandwiches” So including Publix, there is Banh Mi Nha Trang, Boston Bakery, Yum-Mi Sandwiches, Pho 88, Vietnam Cuisine, Hawkers, among many other local restaurants in the area who currently serve up banh mi. Try them all and let me know what you think!

In Search of Great Spicy Hotpot: Little Sheep Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Little Sheep Mongolian Hotpot, with 3 locations in Metro Vancouver, came from the giant hotpot restaurant chain in China, Little Sheep, and now is owned by Yum China, the largest restaurant company in China. When the restaurant started, their unique concept seemed to separate themselves from the rest of the hotpot places. They used lamb, along with selected herbs and spices, to brew the special “Mongolian” broth for the hotpot soup base. The broth was supposed to be so flavourful that diners didn’t even need to use any dipping sauce. This is the way how was I was told to enjoy hotpot meals at Little Sheep 10 years ago. Over the years, the competition has become fierce among hotpot restaurant, andSichuan or Chongqing style spicy hotpot joints have become quite popular. Little Sheep has since, made the spicy soup base a more obvious option to compete with other places. It seems eating food with hot spices is being accepted more and more people nowadays, and I agree that the taste of seasoning is just as important as the taste of raw ingredients as well. A true foodie would embrace all kinds of sensory pleasures, not just from the smell and the taste, but also [...]

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Banh Mi

by Lams @ Lam's Restaurant

Vietnamese sandwiches. Delicious and tasty snacks for all occasions. Additional choices: Shumai (xíu mại) – $4 Coldcuts (thịt nguội) – $4 Pork roll (chả lụa) – $4 BBQ Pork (thị̣t nướng) – $4 Headcheese (giò thủ) – $4 Vegetarian (chay) – $3 Op-La (trứng chiên) – $3

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Watercress Palm Springs

by admin @ Watercress Vietnamese Bistro Palm Springs

It is Official, the Watercress Vietnamese Bistro in Palm Springs had the ribbon cutting for the Grand Opening on August 4th, 2016. The customers are raving about the food and the service.  Coming in September there will be a breakfast menu and the restaurant will open at 7am everyday to server breakfast.  Also coming in […]

Super easy and very tasty Vietnamese grilled pork chops

Super easy and very tasty Vietnamese grilled pork chops


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Super easy and very tasty. This is a great weeknight main dish!

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Live on TV for Pad Ki Mao

by marisa.wiruhayarn@gmail.com @ Tasty Thai – Kansas City

It was great fun today to be back with KSHB 41 Action News. I’m grateful to KSHB 41 for their interest in showcasing local businesses. They are always friendly and supportive. This time we were busy making our very popular Pad Ki Mao. Many people tell us it’s the best in Kansas City. What can […]

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Ice Cream Break at CHAU VeggiExpress

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I had brunch with JT on Commercial Drive and we were heading back to Richmond. It was a nice day and she was obviously in the mood for some dessert. She suggested CHAU VeggiExpress for some ice cream. To me, making vegan ice cream always seems a little challenging in order to show that creaminess. But since JT is a much pickier diner than I am, the ice cream should be good enough. I really liked the place as it was tastefully designed and decorated with elegant wallpaper and green climbing vines. The whole dining room was lively and charged with energy. I suppose it was the healthy options here might have made diners happier. I do miss living with my friend Julie, who was a vegetarian at the time. We made dinner together almost every night back then and I certainly benefited from eating less meat. CHAU VeggiExpress CHAU VeggiExpress We realized they gave me the wrong ice cream. I picked the Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate and JT got the Pandan Leaf. But they gave the Thai Ice Tea instead for some reason. But they quickly fixed the issue and we ended up having 3 scoops instead of 2 scoops. The Thai Ice Tea one tasted [...]

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Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 2 – House Special

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The second stop of our Yaletown Cocktail Crawl was at one of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants in downtown, House Special. I first reviewed the restaurant last summer after it was opened and revisited them several times. Their food, cocktails, and atmosphere have always held up since. House Special, Yaletown The chic interiors here fit right in with the hip crowd in the neighbourhood. And the patio is perfect for outdoor hangouts on warmer days. House Special, Yaletown For the cocktails, bar manager Bryan Stratham and his team have created a menu that plays with the classics but with clever Vietnamese twists, such as the Vietnaria, the Vietnamese version of Margarita but powered with kaffir and tamarind chili jam, and the Colonial 75, with added lychee liqueur to the usual the gin-and-champagne combination. The team has won several awards, including the Best Caesar Challenge and the Best Sangria Challenge. Israel picked the Plum Smuggler ($10), a light and refreshing creation mixed with plum wine, cassis, dry martini, citrus, and egg white. He was pleased with the sweet and citrusy flavours.  And I enjoyed the smokiness from the mezcal and Rittenhouse rye in the Sleepy Hollow ($12). Also featuring absinthe rinse and housemade bitters, this cocktail is [...]

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Lobster Special Fell Short at Phoenix Garden

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I didn’t realize it was near the Mid Autumn Festival, which falls on the first full moon night in the fall.  For Chinese folks, it is their own Thanksgiving for celebrating harvest and family gathering. I talked to my mom about finding a food Chinese restaurant and have dinner with some of my Chinese friends. As I thought, most of the good Chinese restaurants are fully booked in Richmond. So I thought of Phoenix Garden that we went once. They have both the Peking Duck and the Whole Lobster dish that we like. Struggling with traffic for more than 1 hour, I wondered if all the Chinese folks were out in the city for dinner this evening. My friend Lou arrived much earlier and he phoned me while I was still in traffic. I asked him to order both the duck and the lobster.  But when I arrived, I realized we cannot have both dishes with the special price.  Oh well. The Whole eking Duck ($39) was nicely roasted with nice crispy skin. So we were off to a good start. peking duck Peking Duck The 2nd course of the Peking Duck was the Lettuce Wrap with Duck Meat. It was pretty greasy and [...]

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Roasted Cauliflower Quinoa Detox Bowl with Tahini Sauce {Vegan + Gluten Free}

by Marie @ Not Enough Cinnamon

A tasty detox bowl made with roasted cauliflower, quinoa, kale and an easy tahini sauce. It’s filling, healthy and delicious. Be ready to glow from the inside out! Happy New Year 2018 guys!! 🎉 After eating just a little bit too much good food in December for the holidays, I feel like it would do us good to … Continue reading "Roasted Cauliflower Quinoa Detox Bowl with Tahini Sauce {Vegan + Gluten Free}"

20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying

20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying


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You may know PHO but you don't know genuine Viet food until you've tried some of these!

How to Choose the Best Restaurants in Parker

by Yume Tran @ Indochine Cuisine

If you are looking for a place to eat out, then you are probably wondering about the best restaurants in Parker. There are several ways to identify good locations to enjoy your meal, and you might want to do a little research in order to select a restaurant. Look at Online Reviews The internet provide a great option to find Continue Reading

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Vietnamese Lunar New Year Tet – St. Philippe Phan van Minh Catholic Church at the Fairgrounds 2013

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

The Vietnamese New Year, also known as Tet or Tet Nguyên Dán, is one of my favorite times of the year. This is the time when friends and family from throughout the Central Florida community come out and enjoy local cultural performances put on by fellow members of the community as well as more famous Vietnamese singers and performers, and also enjoy the wonderful home made Vietnamese food that you would normally not find at the local restaurants. As the Vietnamese New Year is based on the Lunar new year calendar, similar to the Chinese New Year, the actual date changes each year depending on the moon cycles. This year it falls on the night of Sunday February 10th and is the start of the year of the Snake. To avoid stepping on each others’ toes, the local Vietnamese community organizations, temples, and churches try to sparse out their festivities so that they would be on different dates. On Sunday February 10 Asia Trend Magazine and Mills 50 District will host the annual Orlando Dragon Parade for the 2013 Lunar New Year Festival. Celebrate the Year of Snake with Dragon and Lion Dances, Martial Arts, Japanese Taiko, Acrobatic Performances, Cultural Dances, Arts and Crafts and Exotic Asian Food On Saturday – Sunday February 16-17, the Vietnamese Community of Central Florida (Cong Dong) is hosting their annual event at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. The Sunday event includes the Miss Vietnam of Florida pageant. Also on Sunday February 17, CAACF Chinese New Year Dinner Celebration 2013 takes place at Koy Wan buffet at 5:30pm. For more info visit http://asiatrendmagazine.com/AT_events.html This past weekend, St. Philippe Phan van Minh Catholic Church hosted their Vietnamese lunar new year festivities at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. I took a visit and captured some photos of the scenes at the fairgrounds. The proceeds of the sales went to the church organization in supporting its works in the community. Volunteers making banh mi Vietnamese sub sandwiches A bowl of the spicy bun bo hue, the other beef noodle soup in Vietnam, stemming from the central region of Hue. An elderly woman pours some “chao” or rice porridge/ congee into a bowl. Traditionally a breakfast item or a cure for a cold day in Vietnam Ingredients for hu tieu noodle soup, including quail eggs Che Ba Mau, a type of dessert with beans and sweets A gentleman places sugarcane sticks into the machine, crushing the juices out to make sugarcane drink. A lady sells the delicacy hop vit lon, or fermented duck fetus eggs, also known as balut in the Phillipines. Nem nuong, Vietnamese grilled pork patties Ca ri de, curried goat Preparing Mi Quang, a Vietnamese noodle dish that originated from Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam, made with rice noodles tinted yellow with the use of turmeric. Mi Quang, made with rice noodles tinted yellow with the use of turmeric. Pho Hoa restaurant prepares Pho for sale Cha Lua, Vietnamese pork deli meats, used in preparation of banh cuon Bánh cu?n is a rice noodle roll made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter filled with seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and minced shallots, served with cha lua Bun rieu seafood noodle soup with fried tofu Bun Moc – Vietnamese Pork and Mushroom Noodle Soup Friends enjoying the festival Youth performing a rendition of “Gangnam Style” on the main stage

Yappy Hour at K Restaurant + Wine Bar

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

On Monday, Dec. 11, K Restaurant launched their first, monthly, Yappy Hour. To inaugurate this series of tail-wagging fun they have partnered with Woof Orlando from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Orlando locals are invited to bring their furry four-legged friends out and enjoy free spent-grain dog treats made from local breweries and enter-to-win two raffles with prizes including gift certificates for a free grooming. We were able to experience what “Doggie chaperones” can expect when it comes to tongue-in-cheek Yappy Hour dishes from Chef Ryan McLaughlin as well as drink specials as K Restaurant is excited to share that they just received their full liquor license. Crispy Pig Ears are fried with dates pepper hot sauce and herbs. The pig ears are sliced thinly to make them crispy like a chip. They are lightly salted and delicious with or without the hot sauce. Be careful, the hot sauce is thick and has a major kick to it. “Pawsta” is fried ravioli with ricotta filling. Served on marinara with pecorino cheese and herbs. The fried version of ravioli is very airy like a puff pastry. Each ingredient subtly blends well together upon the palate. “Milk Bones” are veal bone marrow bones with charred bread and radishes. The bone marrow is very smooth and works well with the bread and radishes. The charred bread adds a saltiness to each bite. We almost ordered a second round of this dish! The Cosmo-paw-litan (left) is made with vodka, orange shrubb, lime, and cranberry juice. A simple drink to socialize with. The Snoop Dog (right) was our favorite out of these two. The Snoop Dog is made with gin and pineapple juice; it is like a tropical version of a Screwdriver. Since we were still slightly hungry after all the samplings, we ordered the Ricotta Gnocchi off the main menu, which changes up from time to time so you can come back to try new items all the time. The Ricotta Gnocchi is made with duck confit, butternut squash, garden greens, brussel sprouts, and sage veloute. Everything is made in-house and as fresh as possible for each order. Our specific plate was a tad more salty than I would prefer, but the dish is still delicious nonetheless. The Ricotta Gnocchi was paired nicely with a 2014 Carmenere made in Valle Del Maule, Chile. This wine has a smooth and solid flavor with notes of spices, black cherry and blackberries. For more information, visit the K Restaurant & Wine Bar Event Page.

Review: Pho Nhi has tasty food to go with Vietnamese vibe

Review: Pho Nhi has tasty food to go with Vietnamese vibe


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The restaurant is attached to the massive Nam-Hai International Market.

Viet Garden in Mills 50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

I may have written off this place as just your typical run of the mill, if not tired, Vietnamese restaurant, having not visited in maybe 10 years since my days in college. Maybe it’s because I had a secret bias against restaurants that serve dual cuisines – you know, like those dual Chinese / Sushi take out places you see around town. Often times when restaurants end up dividing attention among more than one cuisine, they end up neglecting one or the other or both cuisines, resulting in substandard fare. I have to apologize to Viet Garden (which tauts its Vietnamese and Thai cuisine) for it does Vietnamese cuisine quite well. The restaurant is one of the oldest Vietnamese restaurants in the Mills 50 District but definitely deserves another look. I particularly was surprised and delighted to see the breadth and depth of the Vietnamese cuisines offered, in addition to your typical dishes, they had quite a few unique and seldom seen noodle soups and home style Vietnamese family plates that are hard to find elsewhere. I ordered their dumplings, which aren’t really Vietnamese, but excellent nonetheless – home made with plenty of delicious pork filling and a nice dumpling skin that had the right amount of chewiness to it. I ordered the special rice platter for my main and really enjoyed the thit nuong, or grilled Vietnamese pork, as well as the crispy tofu shrimp skin that came along with the plate. Overall, definitely would return. My dining companions from WMFE would agree. Dumplings – quite fabulous, home made dumplings Fried Spring Rolls The Pho – Beef Noodle Soup Special Rice plate  Bun Dac Biet

Vietnamese Lunar New Year Tet in Orlando 2012

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

The Vietnamese Lunar New Year or Tet or Tet Nguyên Dán is upon us here in Orlando again! A time to spend with family, friends, and welcome in the new year. Last weekend St Philp Phan Thanh Minh, the largest Catholic Church in Orlando, hosted their annual Tet Festival at the Central Florida Fairgrounds to bring in the new year of the Dragon. This weekend, the Vietnamese Community of Orlando is hosting their own Tet Festival with a Miss Vietnam of Florida Pageant starting at 1pm on Sunday. Entrance is $5 but I definitely recommend going especially for the food. Here at the festivals, you get a chance to taste different authentic Vietnamese dishes and street food that are usually not available at local Vietnamese restaurants. The prices are a bit steep, especially for the noodle soups, but a lot of the foods here are home-made and go to a good cause usually. Address is 4603 West Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32808-8158. If you can’t make it out this Sunday, next Sunday on February 5th there is the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year event hosted by the Chinese American Association of Central Florida and the Mills 50 District starting at 11:00 AM – 3:00pm. More details here: http://www.facebook.com/events/136825883100048/   Below are some scenes from last weekend’s Tet Events: Orchids and flowers and plants for sale, welcoming in Spring. Vietnamese high schoolers doing traditional Vietnamese rice hat dance for the festival The Vietnamese rice hat dance Chim cut roti or roasted quail It gets busy here at the Vietnamese New Year Festival! Nem nuong and thit nuong, or meat balls and grilled pork on a stick. A favorite street food item of mine! Banh teo, a kind of Vietnamese fried donut pastry Vietnamese calligraphy. The Vietnamese language was romanized by the French centuries ago, previously things were written in chu nom, a kind of Chinese character system used by the elites. Bun bo hue, the Hue style spicy beef noodle soup Watching the show! Grilled pork Hop vit lon, or balut in the Phillipines, boiled fertilized duck fetus eggs Pate a choux, meat filled pastries, and banh bao, pork and egg filled buns, relics of the French and Chinese influence on Vietnamese cuisine. Bun rieu, a seafood crab tomato noodle soup dish.

Celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with King Crab Dinner at Western Lake Seafood Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It doesn’t matter where we are,  autumn is the season of celebrating the harvest. Whereas we have Thanksgiving In Canada, Chinese folks celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which lies on the full moon night of the 8th moon cycle in the lunar calendar.  For this day many Chinese families hold reunions, and many Chinese folks travel back to their hometowns for the special occasion, just like how many Canadians do for Thanksgiving. And the most common way of celebration of the festival is a feast on traditional dishes, newly harvested fruits, and mooncake. I was honored to be invited to Western Lake Seafood Restaurant for a taste of their special Mid-Autumn Festival dinner. The special dinner set for 10 features whole Alaskan king crab, whole Peking duck, classic Cantonese dishes, and mooncakes. Having crab in autumn is a tradition in many regions of China, mentioned in some of the most well-known Chinese literature such as Dream of Red Chamber (紅樓夢). Incorporating native luxury ingredients of North America such as king crab into the Chinese dishes is just ingenious as it reflects both the tradition and the modern world.  The dishes in this feast all turned out incredibly delicious, making me feel blessed living in Vancouver. [...]

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First Look: Sticky Rice Lao Street Food

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Had a truly delicious lunch today at Sticky Rice Lao Street Food! Located on the first floor of Bikkuri in Mills 50, the owners of Sticky Rice has transformed the small restaurant into something resembling an outdoor Laotian night market stall with dark ceilings and low, wooden tables. The menu is very affordable with most dishes ranging from $4 to $5, perfect sizes for sharing over Laotian beers with friends if one chooses. You’d be tempted to order the whole menu. It reminded me of places my uncles would go to enjoy grilled meats and beers (they serve BeerLao here!) late into the night growing up. Alot of the food had flavors that reminded me of my childhood, though Vietnam is a neighbor of Laos there are some similarities as well as differences in the cuisine. I loved the char on the grilled chicken wings seasoned in fish sauce and sugar, and the crispy pork rice lettuce wrap which had little crunchy bits and pieces of roast pork. It’s important to note that the sticky rice order is meant to be eaten with other dishes such as the pork sausages or beef jerky rather than alone – making a perfect combo of carbs and meat. They also had a delicious noodle soup that reminded me of Vietnamese banh canh or udon noodle soup called khao piek sen. khao piek sen noodle soup Another favorite was the pork tapioca dumplings, sticky chewy white balls of tapioca stuffed with crispy pork and garlic! pork tapioca dumplings Save room for dessert like the sweet pandan jelly in coconut milk, mango sticky rice, and coconut gelato on purple sticky rice served inside bamboo. We dunked our sticky rice in the sweet coconut milk for that extra sweetness. Overall very impressed by the food and the authenticity of flavors at Sticky Rice – definitely will bring my family back here to try. Go soon and with friends and enjoy Orlando’s first and only Laotian street food restaurant! They are open 11:30am to 10:00pm daily. Sticky Rice Lao Street Food 1915 East Colonial Drive Orlando, Florida https://www.facebook.com/pg/StickyRiceStreetFood

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So, is it fun running a restaurant?

by Yume Tran @ Indochine Cuisine

We think running a restaurant is like playing in an extreme sport as one constantly has to be in the top shape in term of producing great foods, maintaining great services, keeping up with the competitors – 7×24!  If the competitors are coming up with a new dish, just like in extreme sport, we have to come up with something Continue Reading

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Recap: Tasting Plates North Vancouver Brunch

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Vancouver Foodster’s latest Tasting Plates tour took place in North Vancouver during the brunch hours on a Saturday, helping foodies explore foodie culture and discover unique culinary in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood. Here are stops for our tasting journey, including: Welcome Ice Cream Palour Maru Korean Bistro The Juicery Co. Two Daughters Bakeshop Beere Brewing Company The adventure started at Welcome Palour, located at the heritage building, “The Hodson Block“. They are determined to serve the most authentic ice creams with natural ingredients. For the tasting, we started with a Cadeaux Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae. Cadeaux Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae We were showed this impressive looking device imported from Europe for our next tasting item, the Steamed Ice Cream Floats in hot chocolate, finished with a house made fudge chocolate sauce. Welcome Parlour Steamed Ice Cream Floats Our 2nd stop was at Maru Korean Bistro, where they serve tradition flavours with a modern twist. The tasting bite for the brunch crawl was called the Onigiri Stack, featuring a seasoned and grilled rice puck, topped with green onion, crispy shallot, “Gochujang” pulled pork, soft poached egg and nori, with a side of spring greens dressed with a persimon-truffle vinaigrette. Maru Korean Bistro It was fun to cut through [...]

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Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) - Tasty Yummies

Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) - Tasty Yummies


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This easy-to-make homemade Chicken Pho is full of so many unique flavors and is naturally gluten-free, easily made paleo by opting for zucchini noodles instead of rice

Pho 88 Vietnamese Noodle Shop – Mills 50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Pho 88 Vietnamese Noodle Shop – Mills 50 District [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsSiA-JHm0U] Anthony Bourdain: Search for Pho in Vietnam – Food Porn It is an age-old remedy passed down from generation to generation: a nice large steaming bowl of pho after a night out to cure a cursed condition: “the hangover”. Its common wisdom that the soup – simmered over hours with ox tail, Saigon cinnamon, star anise, charred ginger, charred onions and garlic cloves – is a elixir to make those alcohol-induced headaches go away with each slurp of the rice noodles. Its a tender dish, it sooths and washes out all the bad demons of the previous night with every spoonful. I don’t know why we keep coming back to Pho 88, located on the left side of Mills Ave just north of Colonial Drive; there are plenty of other Vietnamese restaurants to pick and choose from out there in the Mills 50 District to satisfy our pho fix. Maybe its the big open spaces in their dining room that gives us room to breathe and slurp freely as we scour our bowls (offered in regular, large, or xe lua – super sized- size). It isn’t the service, as most Vietnamese places aren’t known for the greatest friendliest service and the waiters at Pho 88 are no different, each of them no-nonsense, straight to the point types. What we enjoy at Pho 88 is the low prices (seriously where else can you get such a huge meal for $7.50? ) the quality (Pho is the namesake of the place, and you better make it good) and the lightning speed of the food delivery to the table (literally less than 5 minutes from order time). Pho at Pho 88 is a cut above the rest. Their noodles are slender and tasty, their broth is layered with flavors from the spices and beef that have been simmering for hours, and the meats are pretty good. In Vietnam, you take a small sauce tray and put hoisin and chili sauce in it and then dip your meats in the sauces to taste. Their pho, although still no match for my mother’s, is a close contender. For appetizers, on this occasion, we chose the cha gio or vietnamese fried spring rolls. I like to wrap my spring rolls in lettuce before dipping it into the fish sauce, providing it a soft texture to contrast with the crunchy crisp of the egg roll shells. In addition to Pho at Pho 88, they serve delicious Vietnamese subs known as banh mi. It tastes really good and I recommend it here if you are extra hungry. In the phillipines, they are known to dip the french breads into pho to soften it before chowing down on the delectable banh mi. They have a wide range of offerings too from meat balls to eggs to the traditional dac biet with all the special deli meats. If you’re not in the mood for pho or banh mi, try some of their delicious rice plates with pork chops and egg, or other noodle soup specialties. Tasty Chomps Rating 4.5 out of 5 Tasty Chomps!!!! Graffiti art on the southern wall, always different and beautiful. A glass of iced Vietnamese lime-ade (nuoc da chanh), sweet and crisp Garnishes for the soup, basils, bean sprouts, mint, slices of lime, jalapenos Various meat cuts in the soup including flank steak, beef tripe, tendon, etc. dip sauces : sirarcha chili sauce and hoisin bbq sauce Pho – must be eaten hot immediately or the flavors will disappear! Crispy Spring Rolls aka cha gio Inside the cha gio is vermicelli noodles, wood eared mushroom, pork, carrots Wrap it up. Banh mi is found here at Pho 88 Take a bite.

Video Presenting Marisa’s Story

by marisa.wiruhayarn@gmail.com @ Tasty Thai – Kansas City

Perseverance is critical to success in small business. I am thankful for the Kansas City community and their support over the years. Here, I shared my journey in creating KC favorites, Tasty Thai and Primal Cry Hot Sauce. Video developed with the talents of Shane Pelzel and Valerie Abbott of Writing Help KC.

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Sea Fortune Restaurant: Dim Sum and Crispy Squid

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The post is the compilation of several dim sum visits I paid to Sea Fortune Restaurant in Richmond. If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I live very close to Richmond Centre, and great dim sum places like Empire Seafood, Kirin or Shi Art, are all only within walking distance.  However, Sea Fortune came to my attention by word of mouth, especially their Deep Fried Squid and the early morning discount. I found the dim sum here, although not the best among the competitors, enjoyable. And if you ordered before 11 am, there is a 20% discount, making it a decent deal. The Har Gow / Shrimp Dumpling is always the first test for me evaluating any dim sum place on the first visit. I found the dumpling skin here a little thick but the shrimp filling was fresh and crunchy. The famous Seven-Flavour Deep Fried Squid here consists of all squid tentacles. The very first bite caught me surprised because it was so juicy under the crispy breading that there was a burst in my month! This is definitely an exciting dish. However, on my 2nd visit, the squid was a little dry as the squid tentacles [...]

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Banh Mi Nha Trang – Banh mi sandwiches – Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

A few months ago, as part of the epic Orlando Weekly Banh Mi Battle, I got the chance to visit Banh Mi Nha Trang to pick up some new banh mi from their shop for the first time to enter them into the competition. Although they did not win 1st place (the honors went, to the deserving Boston Bakery across the street), Banh Mi Nha Trang which just opened a few days prior placed 2nd for best banh mi in Orlando.  It is a bit hard to find Banh Mi Nha Trang as it is tucked away in a courtyard on Colonial Drive just to the east of the intersection with Mills Avenue. I like to tell people its in the strip between Lollicup (now renamed Chewy Boba Company) and Saigon Market with the big yellow flag on the flag pole. You have to park in the rear and walk through to the courtyard to reach Banh Mi Nha Trang. Its an unassuming hole in the wall of a place to say the least, but its these holes in the wall that most often have the most heart in their food.  The place is a mom and pop type joint, run by a lovable, friendly and always smiling Vietnamese lady. Her English is not good at all yet but you can pretty much order the same banh mi you can as the other banh mi joints. They also sell home made nem chua pickled meat and cha lua pork roll meats. They specialize in banh mi Nha trang, a banh mi from the south central coastal region of Vietnam and topped with a special garlic fish sauce and peppery goodness. The sandwich is full of various cuts of Vietnamese deli meats like cha lua pork roll, cha siu roast pork, and pickled carrots and daikon veggies. The bread is also different from the other banh mi places as it is a bit softer and more chewy. The banh mi dac biet Nha Trang is $2.50 (the cheapest price you’ll find for banh mi in Orlando) and if you buy 5 you get 1 free.  Tips: its cash only for the moment so remember to bring some when you go. The Banh Mi Nha Trang Dac Biet – a great sandwich for $2.50~ Scenes from the Orlando Weekly’s Banh Mi battle

Marisa’s story featured on Blog Talk Radio

by marisa.wiruhayarn@gmail.com @ Tasty Thai – Kansas City

I (Marisa) am always on the go in the KC business community. I introduced myself to Kelly Scanlon, of Blog Talk Radio, at Thinking Bigger Business Media Inc.’s BIG Breakfast series. Eventually I shared a bottle of our Primal Cry Hot Sauce with Kelly. After I chatted with Kelly and shared more about my journey as a small business owner, […]

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Saigon Noodle and Grill – Vietnamese cuisine

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Saigon Noodle and Grill recently opened in the same location where Pho Pasteur has been for quite a few years, in the plaza on the southwest corner of Lake Underhill road and Goldenrod road. I had visited Pho Pasteur a few years ago and thought it to be okay but not that memorable. The new Saigon Noodle and Grill is a big change from the previous Vietnamese incarnations in this place. Gone are the murals of Vietnamese jungles and rivers, replaced by a more placid light green wall color. The menu, still undergoing changes, has some of the faithful Vietnamese dishes like bun thit nuong (rice vermicelli noodles with grilled pork), com dac biet (rice platter with grilled meat, pork casserole, tomato, etc.), and of course pho, the Vietnamese national dish of beef and rice noodles in soup. Vietnamese food holds a special place in my heart, and I often find Vietnamese restaurant renditions of some dishes to be lacking at times, especially those who try to take short cuts or use less quality ingredients. The pho here is quite exceptional and filled with cuts of meat. The broth is as good or even better than the ones found in the Mills 50 area where competition runs high. I would say the pho here ranks among my favorite pho in Orlando. Service is also quite nice, run by Mr. and Mrs. Nguyen, long time restauranteurs and owners of Saigon Noodle and Grill. They are very friendly and gracious every time I’ve visited, and were accordingly accommodating to their other guests as well. For those living on the east side of Orlando, this is the best bet for some great Vietnamese food. Even if it were downtown, it would probably do well and best even some of the longstanding Vietnamese restaurants in the Mills 50 area. Below are photos from a recent visit:  Cafe sua da – Vietnamese iced coffee – a bit strong, so you may need some water to help lighten it up   Delicious fried Vietnamese spring rolls – cha gio A savory bowl of pho Com Suon – Rice with pork chops Goi cuon – summer rolls made with translucent rice paper Com dac biet

Good-by Tiger Cried. Hello ____?

by marisa.wiruhayarn@gmail.com @ Tasty Thai – Kansas City

We’re jumping into the deep end of the pool. For several years, our Tiger Cried Hot Sauce has enjoyed great popularity—first by hungry guests in our restaurants and later among Kansas City residents who eagerly snapped it off grocery store shelves. Now it’s time to stretch some more. We’re going national. As you’d expect, there’s […]

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Sneak Peek of K Restaurant’s Brunch Menu Items Debuting This Sunday

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Our delightful feast was prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Ryan McLaughlin We were invited to K Restaurant in College Park to preview a few dishes from their new Brunch menu which will launch this Sunday, January 21 from 10AM-2PM and includes carafes of Mimosas & Bloody Marys. We also got to try dishes from their dining menu which changes daily according to the availability of fresh ingredients from locally sourced Central Florida farms and artisans, so be sure to check out their website beforehand for their updated menu. We enjoyed meeting the owner Chad Phelps (pictured above) and his wonderful team. The restaurant is quaint and dreamy, making it the perfect spot for a date or a casual meet-up with good friends trying out great fresh and local food. You must check out K Restaurant in College Park soon if you have not already! It is incredible. The talented kitchen staff The amazing serving staff Pork Belly Benedict Chicken and Biscuits with Sausage Gravy Fried green tomatoes Shrimp and Grits Basket of Biscuits and cinnamon maple honey butter The following dishes are from their dining menu of the night: Arancini Oysters with champagne Oysters with herbs Charred Octopus – Waterkist Farm tomatoes and peppers, olive oil, lemon Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Toast Duck Cassoulet – great northern and cranberry beans, chard, pork belly, duck confit Shared Vegetable Platter K Filet – smashed red bliss potatoes, rainbow carrots, truffle oil, veal demi-glace with a serving of vegetables Lemon Meringue Tarts French Toast Bread Pudding – cinnamon anglaise, caramel Plated dessert course by the lovely Pastry Chef, Michelle Hulbert Chocolate Orange Grand Marnier Pistachio Layer Cake (my favorite!) Chocolate Mousse Torte Almond Cake – fresh blackberries Their beautiful outdoor patio Be sure to check out K Restaurant soon!  Stop by K Restaurant this Sunday,  January 21 from 10am-2pm to kick off their new Brunch with them! K Restaurant 1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804 (407) 872-2332 http://krestaurant.net/

Tasty Vietnamese Restaurant - Deal Locally

Tasty Vietnamese Restaurant - Deal Locally


Deal Locally

Our focus is to bring the tastiest Vietnamese food from the Edmonton Chinatown Streets to the city of Spruce Grove. We emphasize on healthy dishes to meet the growing demand for delicious healthy cuisine. Our greatest feature will be leveraging on the concept of offering healthy and delicious food at quick-serviced pace. Traditional Vietnamese cuisine …

The Legacy Of Bing’s Family Restaurant

by Admin @ Deal Locally

This is Bing Choy! Not only the founder of Bing’s Restaurant, but a super dad and a super grandparent.   He came from China himself in 1955, and worked in, of course, a Chinese restaurant. He opened his first restaurant in Wildwood, Alberta before settling in Stony Plain, Alberta. His family joined him in 1965 […]

Pho 16 – Vietnamese in West Palm Beach, FL

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

I traveled to my hometown on a recent weekend. My family usually cooks dinner and Vietnamese food so it’s rare for us to go out, especially to a Vietnamese restaurant in West Palm Beach. Some family came into town to visit and we decided it’d just be easier to head out to Pho 16, a new Vietnamese restaurant that we all wanted to try. We all know how parents can get, especially Asian parents, when it comes to judging and critiquing others, so I was well prepared to hear about all the little dislikes about this place or how it’s just not good as home made. Located in a little plaza off of Military Trail and Community Dr, slightly hidden, Pho 16 would be easy to miss. Inside, the place reminds me of a cafeteria restaurant that you could find off the roads in Vietnam. The menu is simple, full of noodle soups, noodle bowls, and rice platters that those of us in Orlando have become familiar with. For starters, we order the cha gio, or fried spring rolls. Stuffed with pork, wood eared mushrooms, and served with a fish sauce dipping sauce, the cha gio is pretty good and tastes like it was home made. We also ordered the bo la lot, grilled beef wrapped in wild betel leaves. Betel leaves are high in antioxidants and have been used in Asia for medicinal healing, stimulants, and even breath fresheners. In Vietnamese there is a saying that “the betel begins the conversation”, referring to the practice of people chewing betel in formal occasions or “to break the ice” in awkward situations. When grilled, the leaves give a peppery, minty flavor to the beef which I thought was quite nice. My order was the bun thit nuong cha gio, rice noodles with grilled pork and egg rolls in one of the largest bowls I’ve ever had. It was very filling and very satisfying, and overall a great value for the quantity of food. Bun thit nuong cha gio, rice noodles with grilled pork and egg rolls My sister ordered the banh canh, a kind of Vietnamese thick noodle similar to Japanese udon, in a seafood broth base, that sadly was a bit bland. “Nothing like mama’s banh canh,” she muttered underneath her breath. Banh Canh Hu Tieu Most of the table ordered the signature pho, which I had a taste of and thought, not as good as home made but pretty good for Vietnamese restaurant pho…definitely as good as some found here in Orlando, that’s for sure. Overall, a very satisfying place to get your Vietnamese fix on while in West Palm Beach. The prices are decent and the quality is not bad…will definitely return.

Seasonal Features + Fun Cocktails at Duffy’s Sports Grill

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

I’ve been a fan of Duffy’s since I was young, growing up in South Florida where the chain is quite prevalent, well-known for their tasty wings and sports bar atmosphere. They recently opened up a few restaurants here in Orlando and invited us to check out their new seasonal menu. My favorite was the Oktoberfest inspired fried pork schnitzel! Here’s a quick look at the new Seasonal Features + Fun Cocktails at Duffy’s Sports Grill (Address: 315 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828) Their Lobster Tacos, Tequila Lime Steak Tacos, Jumbo Lump Crab Macaroni & Cheese and Blazin’ BBQ Cheeseburger are the newest specialty features on their football menu. Blazin’ BBQ Cheeseburger includes: 1/2 lb. char-grilled Certified Angus Beef® with signature Jack Daniels® Single Barrel BBQ sauce, pepper-jack cheese, hot bacon and hot bacon jam, grilled onion, pepper-crusted bacon and house-made burger sauce on a toasted King’s Hawaiian® roll with choice of one side.   New menu item on the regular menu includes: New York Reuben, featuring ½ lb. shaved corned beef with sauerkraut and swiss cheese on grilled rye bread. Homemade Meatloaf- made from scratch daily, while supplies last. Mussels Marinara   New cocktails include: Southern Sling, featuring Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Banana Liqueur and Bitters Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select, a special barrel selected just for Duffy’s with subtle notes of caramel and spice with bright fruit notes and sweet aromatics. Served neat or on the rocks

2016 Guide to Celebrating Vietnamese/Chinese Lunar New Year in Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

It’s that time of year again! Seems like only yesterday. The local Asian American community here in Orlando will be celebrating the Lunar New Year once again – one of my favorite times of the year, not just for the festivities but also for the great food that goes along with the holiday celebrations. I remember gathering around at home growing up with my uncles, aunts, cousins, and grandma around the family dinner table having a huge feast, praying to our ancestors and the gods of fortune for a lucky and healthy new year. My favorite dishes were the fried egg rolls and roasted duck, Hakka style, filled with Chinese spices, herbs and wild mushrooms. This year the Chinese/Vietnamese Lunar New Year’s Official Date (which changes each year because – surprise – it follows the cycles of the moon) is Monday February 8th, 2016 – but the celebrations begin much earlier and last almost all month. This is the year of the Monkey and those people born in the year of the Monkey are said to be “smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile. In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.” Luckily for us here in the Central Florida community, we are home to the largest ethnic enclaves of Asian Americans in the entire state, particularly around the Mills 50 district with shops, restaurants, and markets all getting ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year Traditions Eating dinner together as a family – people journey from wherever they are, to come home and have dinner. Every year this time marks the largest mass migration of people when workers in the cities travel home to their home villages to visit their families again. Giving/Recieving Red Envelopes – filled with lucky money from elders to the young. Asian culture is big on karma so want to start off the year doing good things for others and hope for good things to happen to you in return later in the year. Universal balance. Clean the house before the new year start the year new, and pay off all your debts Big parades with lots of firecrackers. The loud noise “scares” away any evil spirits so you can start off the new year fresh. On that Monday, February 8th if you have lunch in the Mills 50 area, you will see the Wah Lum Kung Fu Lion Dance team “blessing” each business with their lion dance and fire works. Last year we had lunch at Chuan Lu and they came with fireworks and a dancing Buddha and two lions – quite the festive sight! What to Order – Traditional Chinese Dishes for New Years Eat Noodles – The longer, the better – the noodles represent longevity and long life Dumplings – They are shaped like little gold nuggets, symbols for good fortune and wealth Fish – The word “yu” sounds like “abundance” in Chinese, so your new year will be abundant with good luck – eat whole fish so that your whole year is full of good luck Fried Spring Rolls – The name also sounds like “good fortune” in Chinese, eat it for a lucky new year Oranges are also plentiful during new years because the name and look of the orange is similar to gold. So giving oranges as a gift is also quite common, as it the giver is seen as wishing prosperity on the receivers. Vietnamese Banh Tet – Bánh tét is a Vietnamese savoury but sometimes sweetened cake made primarily from glutinous rice, which is rolled in a banana leaf into a thick, log-like cylindrical shape, with mung bean or mung bean and pork fillings, then boiled. It is a must have traditional food in Vietnamese Lunar New Year. It demonstrates the importance of rice in the Vietnamese culture as well as historical value. During Vietnamese Tét, family members would gather together and enjoy feasting on bánh tét, the central food of this festive Vietnamese holiday to celebrate the coming of spring. Drink Wash it all down with a glass of Baijiu Baijiu – traditional clear grain spirit made from sorghum and wheat The number one drink in the world at about 40-60% alcohol Like Vodka to the Russians, Rum to Puerto Rico, Baijiu is to the Chinese It’s drank at almost all meal gatherings in China. Say Happy New Year! Vietnamese – Chuc Mung Nam Moi Cantonese – Sun Lien Fai Lok or Gung Hay Fat Choi (Literally : Congratulations on your Prosperity – have a prosperous new year) Mandarin – Xin Nian Kuai Le Places to Celebrate: Local Orlando Restaurants: Ming Bistro – Chinese Dim Sum – Great for Families/Friends/Groups 1212 Woodward Street #6, Orlando, FL (407) 898-9672 Chuan Lu Garden – Authentic Sichuan cuisine – for spicy food lovers 1101 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL – (407) 896-8966  http://chuanluyuan.com Tasty Wok – Chinese street food / barbecue and noodles 1246 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL  (407) 896-8988 Chan’s Chinese Cuisine – Dim sum and traditional Chinese cuisine  1901 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 896-0093 Golden Lotus Chinese – Dim sum and traditional Chinese cuisine 8365 South John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL (407) 352-3832 Local Markets – Pick up New Year goodies Saigon Market 1232 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, United States (407) 898-6899 Tien Hung Market 1112 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, United States (407) 849-0205 http://tienhungmarket.com/ 1st Oriental SuperMarket 5132 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808, United States (407) 292-3668 http://1storiental.com Phuoc Loc Tho Super Market 2100 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803, United States (407) 898-6858 Street Food Festivals/Events Vietnamese New Year Festival by the Vietnamese Catholic Church Saturday January 30 and Sunday January 31 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds – Orlando Foodie Forum facebook group meet up on that Sunday January 31 at 10:30AM – Try the pork meatballs, sugarcane juice, Vietnamese banh mi, other street foods – http://www.philipminhparish.org/ Vietnamese New Year Festival by the Vietnamese Community of Central Florida Saturday February 6th – Sunday February 7th at the Central Florida Fairgrounds – Street food and also Miss Vietnam of Florida Pageant on Sunday See below for last year’s schedule for an idea of what will go on – Vietnamese Vegetarian Food Festival at Bao An Temple Sunday October 31st –   8am – 2pm (local cultural acts, lots of vegetarian Vietnamese food for sale) and the new years eve celebration is the night of February 7th (they have singers, performers, food for sale) Bao An Buddhist Temple – 5788 North Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32818, United States Last year’s flyer below for now – Other temples such as Chua Phap Vu Temple on Dean Road will also have a Vietnamese new year celebration / ceremony on the eve of Lunar New Year – Sunday February 7th, usually around 8pm. Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival at the Orlando Fashion Square Mall – Sunday February 14 at 11am http://www.centralfloridadragonparade.org/

Peking Duck by Korean Chef Fell Short at Man Ri Sung

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came here with my old UBC friends for our monthly gather. We ended up getting 2 of their Peking Duck Dinner for 6 ($113.99).  It sounds a little strange to have Peking Duck at a Korean restaurant, but apparently, the chef was trained in Beijing for the craft of making Peking BBQ Duck. I was curious and looking forward to the dining experience with Korean cuisine blending with Chinese. The Peking Duck Dinner includes the following: Whole Peking Duck – Duck with Pancakes Korean BBQ Ribs Seafood Pancake Korean Dumplings, or Japchae (Pan Fried Sweet Potato Noodles), or Rice Sausage Duck Meat Hot Pot with Hand-cut Noodles, or Duck Meat Congee Like most of the Korean BBQ restaurants, the Banchan plates (small side dishes) were served before the main dishes came. They looked and tasted pretty standard here. As the star of the evening, the Carved Peking BBQ Duck with Pancakes came out pretty quickly. I wish the chef had shown us the whole duck before having it carved up. The chef carved the duck in the traditional Beijing style, with each slice with equal parts of skin and meat.  Peking Duck is a popular dish in a lot of Cantonese [...]

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First Look: Mai’s Bistro in Mills 50

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Mai’s Bistro is a new fast casual restaurant that has opened up in Orlando’s Mills 50 District, specializing in Vietnamese street food such as banh mi, Vietnamese sticky rice, and banh cuon rice crepes. They bake their own bread and sweets and make everything in house. On a recent visit, I loved their banh cuon rice crepes and their variety of both sweet and savory Vietnamese sticky rice (xoi). You could get bbq roast pork, chinese sausage, or shredded chicken for savory sticky rice and jackfruit for sweet sticky rice. They bake their bread from scratch on site and their grilled pork banh mi is one of the best i have had. Their staff was very friendly and hospitable. Will try again soon and update! Mai’s Bistro in Mills 50 830 E Colonial Dr A, Orlando, FL 32803 Menu: maibistrousa.com Phone: (407) 730-8538

Taste of Yaletown 2017: The Flying Pig

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price. This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. I attended the media preview dinner at The Flying Pig, the “nouveau Canadian Bistro” and an integral part of Vancouver dining scene for almost a decade. They offer a seasonally inspired menu with fresh local ingredients at a great value, which I find even more down-to-earth than some of the farm-to-table places with their comforting classics. $35 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU @THE FLYING PIG APPETIZER THREE PEA SOUP smoked ham hock, chick, split, and sweet peas or ROCKET, WATERCRESS AND BEETROOT SALAD local chevre crème, pears and walnuts or HUMBOLDT SQUID black olive aioli ENTRÉE PLATTER FOR 2 – INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING: “AAA” STRIPLOIN STEAK aged white cheddar mashed potato, bone marrow jus LOIS LAKE STEELHEAD heirloom tomato sauce vierge, Brussels sprouts, Autumn vegetables DESSERT CHOCOLATE VANILLA LAYER CAKE strawberries [...]

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First Watch rolls out new single-origin coffee nationwide, supporting women growers in Colombia

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Florida-based breakfast, brunch, and lunch restaurant chain First Watch has recently unrolled a new coffee program, called Project Sunrise, using a new single-origin coffee sourced from women coffee growers in Huila, Colombia. The coffee program helps support a women-led growers organization called Mujeres en Café in Huila, Colombia. Traditionally, the coffee growing industry in Colombia has been male-dominated. Due to the country’s decades-long civil conflict, many women in Huila lost their husbands, brothers and sons and have now taken over the family business. Together, they formed Mujeres en Café and embarked on a mission to create sustainable businesses that elevate the lives of their families and improve conditions in their rural communities. “During our visit to Huila, we met groups of women in several villages who have dedicated their lives to producing great coffee. They are proud of their work and were eager to welcome us into their homes, walk us through their farms and share their stories,” Shane Schaibly, corporate chef and VP of culinary strategy for First Watch, said in an announcement of the new coffee program. “Each year, we serve more than 8 million cups of coffee in our restaurants. Through Project Sunrise, that gives us 8 million incredible opportunities to support these hard-working women and their families in Huila in 2018.” The high-quality beans these women grow and harvest in Huila are exported to the U.S. and roasted by the experts at Royal Cup Coffee in Birmingham, Alabama, exclusively for First Watch. The restaurant company pays a premium for these single-origin beans, which will be relayed back to the women farmers in Huila to help improve their quality of life and help facilitate their operations. Schaibly spent months working with coffee growers and roasters to develop a coffee that would complement the complex dishes, flavors and textures found on the First Watch menu. First Watch’s new Project Sunrise coffee fits the bill – it features a medium body, with hints of cherry, orange, toasted nuts, honey, milk chocolate and caramel, which makes for an ideal complement to First Watch’s variety of fresh breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. For more information on First Watch’s Project Sunrise, visit blog.firstwatch.com. We were recently invite to try some of the new coffee at First Watch as well as sample some seasonal dishes like the millionaire’s bacon, four slices of hardwood smoked bacon baked with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne and a maple syrup drizzle, and the cinnamon chip panacake. I enjoyed their new coffee, particularly the rich depth of flavor that complimented the dishes well.

Pho

by Lams @ Lam's Restaurant

A favorite noodle soup that incorporates different ingredients and spices to keep the body warm for South Dakota’s wintry weather. Each noodle soup comes with its unique broth and meat toppings.

Healthy Vietnamese Food

by admin @ Watercress Vietnamese Bistro Palm Springs

Not only is Vietnamese food delicious, but it is also really healthy. Low in fat, gluten-free and jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, it is the perfect food to boost your immune system, aid weight loss and give your energy. (And it’s pretty good at soaking up a hangover.) By cutting calories and eating less fat. […]

First Look – Viet-Nomz Vietnamese Pho & Street Fare

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

First, in full disclosure, the three young men who started Viet-Nomz are old friends of mine from college. But even if I did not know these three foolish friends who decided to take on the food industry, I would wholeheartedly feel the same about Viet-Nomz. Phillip Nguyen, Chris Chen, and Mike Cho began this journey just a few years ago when they started to brainstorm about how to bring their collective love for Vietnamese food together. Phillip, who is of Vietnamese descent, traveled around the world and America, most notably in the Vietnamese enclaves of Southern California as well as the motherland in the streets of Saigon in south Vietnam, to taste and try dishes to bring back to their project in Orlando. With this inspiration, the three friends, each with their own years of experience in the restaurant industry, opened up Viet-Nomz in late June and has hit the ground running ever since. The space is quite hip, with natural wood ambiance. Order at the counter and your dishes will be brought to you. I visited on multiple occasions and enjoyed everything I had, from the plump, fried pork egg rolls to the grilled beef banh mi sandwiches drizzled with spicy “nom nom” sauce, to the delicately nuanced and flavorful bowls of pho, the staple of Vietnamese restaurants every where. In some ways, Viet-Nomz is the Vietnamese version of a ramen-shop, with piping hot bowls of pho beef noodle soup instead of ramen emanating from their open kitchen. There are some updates to the Vietnamese menu here, brought on by the founder’s own upbringings. Chris Chen, who is of Taiwanese descent, brought some of the doughy, steamed white buns that make the famous gua baos in Taiwanese street foods, and married them with Vietnamese banh mi ingredients like pickled daikon and carrots and grilled pork. There are also banh mi tacos on the menu, something that was a favorite on our visits. Everything is made to order, and you can watch as they assemble and grill the dishes for the rice bowls or noodle bowls, and pour soups from the huge vats of pho beef noodle soup that have been simmering for hours and hours that day. For vegetarians, do try their vegetarian pho, one of the most flavorful renditions I’ve ever tried, made through a special combination of bok choy, mushrooms and vegetables that just speaks volumes of “umami”. Instead of Vietnamese coffee made by the drip cannisters, the coffee here is made via an espresso machine with a unique house blend of coffee beans. Must try. The only complaint is the heat from the grills and soup pots that emanates from the open kitchen area – it can get quite uncomfortable, but some say it does bring memories of the hot summers of Vietnam. I hear the heat issues will be remedied soon. Located just outside of Full Sail on Goldenrod and University, they plan on opening late nights on the weekend in the future for the university crowd. Overall, I do recommend nomming down on Viet-Nomz soon,  and bring a friend. Viet-Nomz Vietnamese Pho & Street Fare 7581 University Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32792 Corner of University Blvd & Goldenrod Rd (Across from Winn-Dixie/Tijuana Flats) Phone: +1 407-636-6069 http://vietnomzfl.com/ HOURS Sunday – Thursday 11:00 AM — 10:00 PM Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM — 3:00 AM

“The Tony’s Pizza Legacy”

by Admin @ Deal Locally

It all began in the late 1940’s in the cultural city of Cosenza, Italy. Tony Mazzotta Sr. embarked on his long journey within the food and restaurant industry. He soon encountered his true calling – the art of fine pizza! In 1959, he joined his family in Canada were he worked in various hotels one […]

First Look: Mai’s Bistro in Mills 50

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Mai’s Bistro is a new fast casual restaurant that has opened up in Orlando’s Mills 50 District, specializing in Vietnamese street food such as banh mi, Vietnamese sticky rice, and banh cuon rice crepes. They bake their own bread and sweets and make everything in house. On a recent visit, I loved their banh cuon rice crepes and their variety of both sweet and savory Vietnamese sticky rice (xoi). You could get bbq roast pork, chinese sausage, or shredded chicken for savory sticky rice and jackfruit for sweet sticky rice. They bake their bread from scratch on site and their grilled pork banh mi is one of the best i have had. Their staff was very friendly and hospitable. Will try again soon and update! Mai’s Bistro in Mills 50 830 E Colonial Dr A, Orlando, FL 32803 Menu: maibistrousa.com Phone: (407) 730-8538

Gastown Cocktail Crawl – L’Abattoir

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The visit to L’Abattoir marked another great stop during our Gastown Cocktail Crawl, proving that a cocktail crawl can be such a fantastic way of checking out the best restaurants in one neighbourhood in one night. Located in the center of Gastown and next to the historic Blood Alley, the site was built in the 19th century and was once part of a meatpacking district, hence the name L’Abattoir.  And everything here showcases the vibrant characters of Gastown, a home for the hip and the hipsters.  The place is a giant loft with red bricks and wood. While the bar is on the ground level, most of the dining area is upstairs. l’abattoir, gastown We were offered a basket of bread and breadsticks after we told them about our cocktail crawl adventure. bread basket Food Wench decided to order for all 3 of us and we were all getting the Avocado Gimlet ($15). Inspired by a rosemary gimlet, a popular cocktail featuring gin, Lillet Blanc, citrus and fresh herb, the creamy avocado adds a sweet richness to the drink, although not as rich as an avocado shake. The fun part of getting the same drink is bringing 3 complete different cocktail [...]

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Tasty Thai serves delicious Thai food in Kansas City's northland. We make all dishes from scratch, using fresh ingredients from local community gardens whenever possible. Come taste the difference!

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Diary of Dennis

Something really bad happened (I’m just kidding). There is a new Vietnamese fast food restaurant in my neighborhood, that’s why I said something bad happened. Why bad? Well, I love asia…

Kansas City Star Calls Primal Cry a Local Hottie

by marisa.wiruhayarn@gmail.com @ Tasty Thai – Kansas City

Have you read the great article about locally made hot sauces in Kansas City by food writer Dave Eckert yet? He does a great job telling about Primal Cry Hot Sauce as well as the delicious Korean Gochujang sauces made by friends Angela Hong and Nick Crofoot.  Thanks for the mention, Dave! While Kansas City may […]

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Pepper Lunch Canada’s 2nd Location in Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Since I work from home a lot more these days, I have been trying quite a few new lunch places in Richmond. Central at Garden City is the latest shopping plaza, not just known for the newest Walmart in the Lower Mainland, but also a collection of many new stores and restaurants. Today I was grabbing a quick lunch at Pepper Lunch Canada’s newest location here. The Japanese restaurant chain is known for their sizzling hot lunch served on cast iron plate, prepared with fresh ingredients, including a variety of premium meats such as AAA grade steaks I didn’t feel like spending too much money on today’s lunch, so I picked the moderately priced Sliced Angus Steak (4.5 oz) lunch set. It also came with some veggies – pre-blanched carrots, snap peas, and bean sprouts, a bowl of rice, and 2 types of sauce for the steak. I prefer the garlic sauce over the sweeter one . Sliced Angus Steak Set Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City     On paper, a 4.5-oz sliced Angus steak with rice lunch set should be the same amount of food [...]

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Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 4 – Fayuca

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Isreal suggested Fayuca as our last Yaletown Cocktail Crawl spot.   As one of the latest addition to the area’s Vibrant food scene, Fayuca has been impressing diners with their Northern Mexico inspired dishes with bold flavours and fresh ingredients. They were soon awarded a nomination for Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2017 by enRoute Magazine. As a fan of this super colourful cuisine, I was looking forward to our little cocktail adventure here. The dining room is tastefully designed, and the interiors remind me of the modern eateries in Southern California, which I am sure, would have a strong tight with their Northern Mexican approach. House fried tortilla was served right the way once our drinks arrived.   Israel ordered the Derbi Trike ($11), the Spanish version of the Sidecar, mixed with Torres 5-year brandy, Curacao, tamarind, lemon, and kaffir tincture. The exotic ingredients have given the brandy cocktail a bit more tartness and more depth of flavours. I would like to try the drink shaken and not served with ice because I would love it more if the flavours are more intense. Derbi Trike Derbi Trike I ordered the Mezcal Jamaica ($11) for myself, a drink marrying the smoky Mexican flavour from Sombra Artisanal Mezcal [...]

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House Special - Chic and Tasty Vietnamese Fare in Yaletown - PickyDiners.com

House Special - Chic and Tasty Vietnamese Fare in Yaletown - PickyDiners.com


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Although a little spent after an 8-hour hike to Garibaldi Lake, a spectacular experience in the nature and a great staminal challenge, Ang and I felt quite accomplished. We decided to reward ourselves with a good meal and I suggested to check out House Special, a trendy new eatery in Yaletown specializing in modern Vietnamese fare, which has created quite a buzz in the city. We found ourselves sitting by the front window, joined by our friend GT. This is a perfect spot for a full view of the 50-seat dining room, with a sizeable full bar in the centre that boasts a great selection of local brews and several Vietnamese-inspired cocktails. Through the open kitchen,  we could see Chef Patrick Do dispatching the orders. Outside the window, there is the 20-seat patio, chic but casual, furnished with long wooden tables and white metal chairs. But the most attractive feature on the patio is  the collection of retro light fixtures and red lanterns hanging down from the glass roof, bringing a warm and welcoming ambiance to the outdoor space of the restaurant. House Special, Yaletown House Special, Yaletown I chuckled along with my buddies when I saw Saigon in 60 Seconds ($11) on the cocktail menu. Tasty or not, the drink’s cheeky reference [...]

Tasty Vietnamese Restaurant - Restaurants - Spruce Grove

Tasty Vietnamese Restaurant - Restaurants - Spruce Grove


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Tasty Vietnamese Restaurant Ltd. a medium-sized family-run business. Our focus is to bring the tastiest Vietnamese food from the Edmonton Chinatown Streets to the city of Spruce Gr...

Review: Central Cafe offers tasty Vietnamese fare at the right price

Review: Central Cafe offers tasty Vietnamese fare at the right price


East Bay Times

Review: Central Cafe offers tasty Vietnamese fare at the right price

Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs opens on National Spaghetti Day

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We were invited to the media preview and grand opening of Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante with a special dedication moment including leadership from Disney, Patina Restaurant Group and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.  Following the dedication, we went inside the brand new Italian restaurant for a media reception and we celebrated National Spaghetti Day with some apps, pasta, wines, cocktails and sweet treats; perfect for the occasion.  Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante is a warm and dreamy restaurant with friendly staff, delicious food, and airline themed aesthetics that is adventurous and playful. The backstory is that the building was a once-abandoned Disney Springs airline terminal from the 1930s.  Italian immigrants Maria and Enzo owned a small bakery business inside the airline terminal and they purchased the entire building after the airline terminal closed down.  As an airline pilot, Enzo was drawn to the abandoned airline terminal and to open a spacious restaurant in it was a dream of his and Maria, who both wanted to introduce Italian cuisine to guests at Disney Springs. CACIOCAVALLO FRITTO – fried sicilian cheese, spicy tomato and pomodoro sauce SPAGHETTI ALLA CHITARRA – burrata and meatballs ARANCINI DI CARNE – fried rice stuffed with meat ragù, peas and mozzarella.  They were delicious! PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED BREADSTICKS CHERRY TOMATO AND MOZZARELLA SKEWERS Delicious TIRAMISU! These were the best CHEESECAKE POPS that I have ever had in my life! CANNOLI– sheep’s milk ricotta, chocolate chips, candied orange.  It was the best cannoli that I have ever had in my life! Randomly selected guests will be upgraded upon arrival to the First Class Lounge and will receive a more upgraded level of service.  Guests 21 years of age or older will be served a complimentary glass of Prosecco and kids will receive a complimentary airline pin. Be sure to book a reservation at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, link below, so you can experience this amazing new restaurant for yourself! BONUS: We also got to take a tour around the new Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar. …and The Edison. Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante The Landing, Disney Springs, 1570 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 (407) 560-8466 mariaandenzos.com Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar 1570 E. Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 (407) 560-9288 enzoshideawayfla.com The Edison 1570 E. Buena Vista Dr. Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 (407) 560-9288 theedisonfla.com

Outback Steakhouse opens at new location in Oviedo

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Outback Steakhouse, the Tampa-based Australian-themed American casual dining restaurant chain, has recently moved from its original Oviedo spot down the street to a new location just across the way from Sushi Pop. It was previously the location for Bojangles Fried Chicken. One of their newest dishes is: Big Aussie Bloom NEW Address: 215 W Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765 Mon-Thu: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM Fri-Sat: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM Sun: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM for more info, visit: https://www.outback.com/locations/fl/oviedo

Recap: Noodle Mania 2018

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

This year, Vancouver Foodster‘s Noodle Mania is not as maniacal as last year with the number of geographical coverage. The event covered quite a few neighbourhoods last year in the city. It was quite a bit driving but it was fun getting to know the areas that we had barely visited.  The Noodle Mania 2018 edition focused more on the restaurants all in downtown Vancouver, spreading over Gastown, Stadium, Yaletown, and the West End. Similar to the organizer’s tasting plates events, the Noodle Mania requires participants to check in and pick up the map of restaurants with special noodle dishes for tasting.  The check-in spot this year was at Cha le Tea Cafe in Yaletown, where we also enjoy the refreshment of 2 of their signature teas: the Dragon Well Green Tea, and the Mint Majik Milk Tea. Cha la Tea Cha Le Tea Cha Le tea 1207 Hamilton St, Vancouver; 604-633-9989 or www.chaletea.com Once we got our maps we were facing the options – we could either stay in Yaletown and visit Robba Da Matti, or we could travel straight to Gastown or the West End where less participants would go first. Eventually, we decided to go to Robba Da Matti. A [...]

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Pho Vinh – Vietnamese – Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Pho Vinh – Vietnamese – Orlando One of the newest contenders to throw their hat into the Vietnamese restaurant ring: Pho Vinh. Coming onto the scene with strong traditional Vietnamese offerings, Pho Vinh is a restaurant where attention must be paid. Sitting in the remodeled building that once housed 4-5-9 Chinese restaurant on Primrose, the decor is elegant and simple, with pink orchid decor and paintings of Vietnamese women and children along the walls ( a la Lac Viet nearby). Right next door is Pho Hoa who also provides decent Vietnamese fare for our area. It’s a shame that not more people know about these two restaurants, despite being only a few blocks away from the busy Mills Avenue / Colonial Dr corridor. Among the many dishes I have tried on various visits here with friends and loved ones, a few things stood out for me. The flavor of the Pho here at Vinh is deep and tasty, and the meat is plentiful. The thit nuong (grilled pork) is exceptional, where I once thought that all the Vietnamese restaurants used the same meat or recipe, the grilled pork here is actually quite delicious. The service isn’t too bad here either as the waiters on all occasions have been considerate and thoughtful during our meals, bucking the trend of brutish service at our local establishments. Overall, Pho Vinh is a pleasant surprise and welcome addition to the Orlando food scene. Banh Xeo – A Vietnamese crepe/pancake dish stuffed with shrimp and pork Banh Xeo – A Vietnamese crepe/pancake dish stuffed with shrimp and pork (make sure you dip it in the fish sauce provided)  I like to wrap my egg rolls in lettuce and dip it in the sauce yummy  ( it makes me feel like its healthier that way ) Bun Bo Hue – a mildly spicy noodle soup from the city of Hue     Com Thit Nuong – Rice platter with grilled pork 

Taste of Yaletown 2017: XOXOLAT

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

  Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price.  This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. I had a chance to taste what they offer at XOXOLAT, a chocolate shop Inspired by the European “chocolateries”. They are determined to become a local Vancouver chocolate haven, with the selection of fine brands from around the world, as well as fresh in-store creations.  $25 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU FOR TWO Available 4 pm to 6 pm Wednesday to Saturday during Taste of Yaletown. Reservations recommended. Each person will have: 3 WHISKEY TASTINGS and A SELECTION OF 8 CHOCOLATE TREATS It was quite interesting pairing whiskey and chocolate. I have tried tasting dark chocolate with cognac, which is a nice balance of flavours. I could understand whiskey would go well with something sweet, cutting through the sweetness with strong smokey notes, obtaining the harmony on the palate.     xoxolat yaletown * All [...]

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Vietnamese Style Spring Rolls | Roti n Rice

Vietnamese Style Spring Rolls | Roti n Rice


Roti n Rice

These tasty Vietnamese Style Spring Rolls are perfect for lunch in the summer months. They also work beautifully as appetizers any time of the year.

Congee Fix at Neptune Wonton Noodle

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

So my previous experience at Neptune Wonton Noodle was not all that impressive, with their staple noodle and congee dishes sunk a little bit.  But I decided to give them another try when Rex said he was craving for congee.  I just had a decent meal at their sister restaurant Neptune Seafood next door, so maybe that helped a little with the decision. The congee was quite good compared to what I had previously. The consistency was not too gluey nor too watery. The flavour was good exhibiting the great quality of the rice used. The meat components tasted fresh as well. It was a good solid bowl of congee for me! We also ordered a couple congee-pairing side dishes, and they were both decent, including the Rice Noodle Roll with BBQ Pork, and the Chinese Donut. I guess technically those were dim sum dishes. Rice Noodle Roll with BBQ Pork Chinese Donut I was happy about the congee redemption at our casual lunch here. The congee was good and the small congee-pairing dishes were decent. However, it is interesting to see what the lunch crowd is like here.  This is no longer the place for people just to come [...]

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Blossom brings authentic, tasty Vietnamese flavor | Daily Trojan

Blossom brings authentic, tasty Vietnamese flavor | Daily Trojan


Daily Trojan

After success elsewhere, Blossom brings a new location to Chinatown.

Yum-Mi Sandwiches Orlando serves up some tasty banh mi

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

There’s a new banh mi shop in town, complete with new bar seats and tables and modern lighting. Where Ba Le bakery once sat, a new and trendy sandwich shop now occupies in its place, completely remodeled on the inside and out with a fresh new look. yum-mì sandwiches focuses on bringing a modern twist to the traditional Vietnamese banh mi. The Phans (sisters Linda and Rosa, and brother David) all UCF alumni, came together with a passion for the Vietnamese culture to share their food with the community. Growing up they always talked about having a business together (they come from a family with roots in the restaurant business a la Pho 88 down the street). This common love of food inspired them to create Yum-mi sandwiches. Having upbringings in a Vietnamese family, the Phan’s inspirations came from the traditional flavors  acquired growing up and with an open mind for the cultural diversity surrounding the Orlando area. Most of the prices range from $2.75 to $7.95, very affordable. “It was very exciting for us to come together and see our dreams come to life. The most challenging obstacle was to target the right audience while staying true to our Vietnamese roots. When we were younger, we noticed our friends were always hesitant to go into some of the traditional sub shops. So we wanted to create a place that was more inviting to the young crowd while still satisfying our traditional Vietnamese customers.” explained Linda Phan. “We serve the traditional banh mi dac biet which is different cold cuts served on a French bread spread with pate and top with cucumber, cilantro, pickled daikon and carrots and jalapeños with splash of soy sauce, but also have yum mi specialities like the V.P. which is our version of Vietnamese philly steak n cheese with two fried eggs on top,” Rosa Phan added. Some other must try’s also include the Lost Tofu (made with lemongrass spiced tofu)for the vegetarians out there and their custom fresh fruit boba tea freezers. The bread is baked fresh on the premises each day as well. On a recent visit, I admired the new digs at yum-mi and ordered a VP with the two fried eggs and thit nuong (grilled beef) inside. The sandwich was filling and enjoyable and the eggs over easy oozing yolk onto my banh mi made my lunch divine. My friend had the Ms Piggy with pork belly, lettuce and tomato and noted that although it was a great banh mi, he wished that there was more meat to the sandwich. I think filling is a very important part to the banh mi, as the bread and the meat ratio has to be a respectable amount so that one does not overpower the other. I believe this will improve as time goes on. Overall, it was a fun trip to visit yum-mi and it is definitely a welcomed addition to the new banh mi landscape in Orlando. You can sit inside yum-mi sandwiches at the new bar stool area, watching the cars race by on the concrete paved Mills Avenue. Delicious Vietnamese street food: banh bao, steamed buns filled with pork and hard boiled egg. Mango-lychee freezer boba drink Miss Piggy: The Pork belly, tomatoes, and lettuce banh mi The VP – Vietnamese Philly with two eggs yummi sandwiches are yummy

Health Benefits of Curry from Local Restaurants in Parker

by Yume Tran @ Indochine Cuisine

As you are choosing local restaurants to visit, consider a meal at Indochine Cuisine where you can enjoy a curry meal. Some people are nervous about eating curry, because they are worried about the strong flavors and spicy taste. But, curry can be prepared as a mild, medium or hot dish, so you can choose the spice levels that you Continue Reading

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Hello “Primal Cry” Hot Sauce!

by marisa.wiruhayarn@gmail.com @ Tasty Thai – Kansas City

Our hunt is over! For years, we’ve had a steadily growing fan base for our Tiger Cried Hot Sauce. When we decided to take our delicious sauce to the next level (so more people could enjoy it), we learned we could not trademark “Tiger Cried” nationally. We received some fun and clever new name suggestions […]

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NYE Dinner at Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Wagyu Gyoza We were invited to the All You Can Eat NYE dinner at Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi and it was the perfect last meal to finish off 2017.  The ambiance of the restaurant is dreamy, perfect for a date night, the owner and staff are super nice, and the food is innovative while still maintaining its integrity and delicious taste.  You never know what to expect when you order at Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi because they always blow you away with their creativity; it’s always a nice surprise whenever your food arrives at your table and is presented right in front of you.  Overall, it is a fabulous restaurant that you need to experience for yourself, especially during their special event dinners! Butternut Squash Soup Roasted Seasonal Vegetables Octopus Fritters Seared Pork Belly With Seasonal Vegetables With House Curry On The Side Chicken Yakitori Oxtail Taco Oysters House Cured Salmon Assortment of Nigiri – Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail (Chef’s Pick) Ahi Poke Assorted Rolls – American Dream Roll, Fuji Mountain Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Fire Cracker Roll (with scallops fried on the top), Citrus Roll (with cobia on top), Katana Roll (with tuna on top), and Salmon Madness Roll Sake Steamed Clams Banging Shrimp Chocolate Cake Japanese Cotton Cake Matcha Creme Brûlée Sake Poached Pear Be sure to check out Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi soon!  They host many special events so follow them on instagram (@yuki_hana_sushi) to stay up-to-date!   Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi 3635 Aloma Ave Oviedo, Florida 32765 (407) 695-8808 http://sushiyukihana.com

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 3 – Blue Water Cafe

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Blue Water Cafe is always one of my favourite eateries, and unarguably one of the best seafood restaurants in the city. I have had several unforgettable dining experiences here over the years. In a city that’s filled with amazing sushi chefs, it was no easy feat to be acclaimed the “best sushi” award for a restaurant that has no Japanese in the name. Besides the raw bar, the other dishes here have represented the Pan Pacific cuisine and fine dining well. Finally, they are also known for their exceptional services.  Those are reasons why we have picked Blue Water as one of our Yaletown Cocktail Crawl designations. Israel continued on the Ume path after the plum wine inspired cocktail at House Special. His Ume No Hana featured botanist gin, plum wine, Benedictine, and chamomile – a drink that make you feel like sitting in the middle of a botanic garden. Ume No Hana Also a gin cocktail, the Jacob’s Ladder was my choice of drink, mixed with ginger rested gin, green chartreuse, orgeat, basil, and lime. Slightly less aromatic, it’s rather refreshing with the citrusy flavour. Jacob’s Ladder For our cocktail bites, we just checked what the freshest of the day was, and our [...]

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Delectable Food While out on the Town in Palm Springs

by admin @ Watercress Vietnamese Bistro Palm Springs

In the center of Downtown Palm Springs, the exquisite sites and places to eat and drink are endless, however there is one place you can go where you can have both.  At Watercress Vietnamese Bistro, the menu and location is what makes it so special. Inside and out the Watercress Bistro has A lot to offer. Located in […]

PB&J Chicken Wings

by marisa.wiruhayarn@gmail.com @ Tasty Thai – Kansas City

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained at Restaurants in Parker

by Yume Tran @ Indochine Cuisine

It is fun to take your kids out to eat at restaurants in Parker, but sometimes parents are worried about how they will keep their kids entertained at the restaurant. If a child is waiting for their meal, then they might get bored… which makes the parent feel uncomfortable because the young child isn’t willing to stay in their seat. Continue Reading

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A Brief Walk Through “Little Vietnam” in Mills 50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Exactly 40 years ago on April 30, 1975, the capital city of South Vietnam, Saigon fell to the forces of the communist North. There was panic in the streets as countless Vietnamese sought refuge at the American embassy, many who had worked along side the US – as soldiers, journalists, hairdressers, and more – during the decades long war. Fearing reprisals from the North, deservedly so, many fled that day airlifted out by helicopters and later, by boat – becoming refugees with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Thus began the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese – all in search of freedom and democracy, and a better future for their children, many of whom ended up in places like Australia, France, and right here in Central Florida. My parents were both Vietnamese refugees. My mom, orphaned at age 12, escaped by a small rickety fishing boat headed out to the unknown wide ocean, leaving her brothers behind, with nothing but her unyielding dream of a new world beyond the Vietnam she had left behind. Eventually reaching Malaysia at a refugee camp, living there for a year before being sponsored to the United States by a kind family in Indiana. She met my father in South Florida where I was born and raised before moving to Orlando 13 years ago. The Vietnamese American community in Orlando has grown through the decades along the Mills 50 District, starting from a small Asian grocery store to a restaurant to more and more. Now, Asian immigrants from other countries have settled in the area and opened up even more restaurants – from Malaysian to Sichuan Chinese and more. I was honored these past few weeks to help lead a guided tour through the “Little Vietnam” area in our Mills 50 District for WMFE for their series on “What is Little Vietnam?“, helping to share stories from the Vietnamese American community, how they came to Central Florida, and what lays ahead for the community after 40 years. WMFE’s What is Little Vietnam? Series Orlando’s Hon Viet DanGroup keeps Vietnamese Culture through Dance Vietnamese vets still fighters forty years after fall of Saigon Family business continues to thrive since first settling in Orlando’s “Little Vietnam” New development changes face of Orlando’s Little Vietnam Chasing traditional medicine in Little Vietnam Central Floridians remember Vietnam War For Vietnamese, heritage endures at places of worship New cultural center reflects diverse Asian community, including Vietnamese Orlando’s Little Vietnam preserves its history to enrich its future Two generations of Vietnamese-Americans, three decades apart The young ones: Vietnamese youth redefine their community Trays of small bites from Vietnamese grocery store Tien Hung Oriental Market – one of the very first markets in the district – many of the businesses along this strip come from the family of Tien Hung. Cecilia Nguyen, also Miss Vietnam Florida 2004, is the owner of the Tien Hung Jewelry Store – she takes cares of customers and is in charge of the store, taking over for her parents.  Wall art at Chewy Boba Company – Quang Vu, a UCF alumni, and his family started Lollicup many years ago and were the first in Orlando to sell boba or bubble tea, a popular drink with roots in Taiwan, where little tapioca pearls are slurped through large straws. Steven Thach Luu mans the register at Chewy Boba Company, where they also sell macarons. One of my favorite dishes, Banh Cuon, a rice crepe noodle dish stuffed with mushrooms and ground pork – velvety smooth – found at Vietnam Cuisine restaurant.  A look above from the meal – banh cuon, bun thit nuong, and bun rieu all at Vietnam Cuisine. Bun Thit nuong cha gio – rice vermicelli noodles with veggies, egg roll, grilled pork and shrimp at Vietnam Cuisine. Bun rieu, a special tomato, pork, and seafood noodle soup at Vietnam Cuisine. In recent years, more restaurants and shops from other Asian countries have sprouted up in the Mills 50 District. Mamak Asian Street Food specializes in Malaysian and pan Asian cuisine. Traditional Eastern medicine shops and acupuncturists dot the corridor in Mills 50 District. Crawfish in garlic, butter shabang sauce, fried shrimp, jambalaya, po boy sandwiches, gumbo – all found at King Cajun Crawfish run by Ha Nguyen. Mrs. Nguyen worked in Louisiana and ran a cajun restaurant there for 15 years before moving to Orlando after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to be closer to her family. Many Vietnamese who immigrated to the US were sent to the gulf coast region and became fishermen and shrimpers, some facing discrimination from the KKK at the time. There is still a large community of Vietnamese Americans in New Orleans today in the neighborhood of Versailles. Brendan Byrne and Matthew Peddie of WMFE 90.7 FM News on location, digging into the crawfish. Chelsea, enjoying her crawfish at King Cajun Crawfish Mrs. Ha Nguyen, the Queen Cajun at King Cajun. Beignets – fried dough with powdered sugar Pho at Viet Garden, one of the oldest Vietnamese restaurants in Orlando Dumplings as recommended by Crystal Chavez The staff of WMFE with some of the personalities in the What is Little Vietnam series.

Recap: Food Talks 15, Presented by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was fortunate to attend Food Talks 15, presented by Richard Wolak, founder of Vancouver Foodster and Food Talks  The event featured 5 Speakers who are the forces to reckoned with from Vancouver’s food community. It took place at Pacific Restaurant Supply. According to Richard, he created the Food Talks to educate people in our community about the food that they consume, it is about awareness as much as it is about lifestyle. The Food Talk is also a social gathering which is more than hearing great people talk about their passion, it is also a chance for the community to meet and mingle over delicious appetizers, sip on wine and ask questions from our leading panel of experts. Richard Wolak at Food Talks 15 Pacific Restaurant Supply The lineup of the speakers (from left to right): Ian Bruce (Founder, Umaluma Gelato),  Jason Gilron (President, Pacific Restaurant Supply),  Caren McSherry (Founder, Gourmet Warehouse),  Paul Grunberg (Co-Owner L’Abattoir and Osteria Savio Volpe),  Brian Turko (Owner & Master Roaster, Milano Coffee), Ian Bruce, Jason Gilron, Caren McSherry, Paul Grunberg Brian Turko The theme of the event was From Your Roots. Our speakers shared the journeys from their humble past to their present accomplishment [...]

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39 Awesome Foodie Shots of the 2015 Vietnamese New Year Festival in Orlando hosted by the Vietnamese Catholic Church

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

This past weekend, the Vietnamese Catholic Church of Orlando, St Philip Phan van minh hosted their annual Vietnamese New Year Festival at the Central Florida Fairgrounds for 2015 – the year of the goat/sheep. The actual Lunar New Year is not till Thursday February 19th this year so there are still lots of great events to come. (See Guide to Celebrating Chinese/Vietnamese New Year Festivals in Orlando Post for the lowdown). Here are 39 photos showing why the Vietnamese New Year Festival rocks: Shout out to the Orlando Foodie Forum on facebook for coming out to the event!

Second Harvest Food Bank presents: Chef’s Night Featuring Chef Trina Gregory-Propst, Pastry Chef/Owner of SE7EN BITES

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Chef Trina Gregory-Propst is amazing.  She was the one who recommended my family’s restaurant, Saigon Noodle and Grill – Bumby to the Food Network producers when they asked her if she knew of any good Vietnamese restaurants in Orlando to be featured on an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”.  My family had no idea that Triple D was coming to our city (for the first time ever) so we did not expect to be contacted by them, however, when they reached out to us we knew that it was truly a blessing sent from God.  We accepted the offer to film an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and it has changed our lives for the better.  We are now recognized worldwide and we have met so many loyal Triple D fans from all across the world.  Chef Trina’s restaurant SE7EN BITES was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives” and both of our restaurants are located in the Milk District, so we are actually neighbors.  What an honor it is to put our city and district on the Triple D map with Chef Trina.  My family cannot thank her enough for what she has done for our small restaraunt business.  We are so grateful for her and her awesome wife’s friendship! Chef’s Night is an evening at the food bank featuring some of Central Florida’s best chefs and cuisine, all to benefit their Darden Foundation Community Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program.  The Culinary Training Program provides qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry.  When you support Chef’s Night, you are helping to change lives, and help pull your neighbors in need out of poverty. SE7EN BITES specializes in nostalgic southern comfort food with a modern twist.  Chef Trina has loved to bake since her Grammy first introduced her to baking when she was a child.  Grammy helped develop Trina’s love for all things sweet.  Add in a professional culinary education, talent and passion and the result is a great recipe for local Orlando Goodness.  Chef Trina created a 5-course “Brinner” menu, a delicious combination of breakfast served at dinner.  Special thanks to SYSCO for donating all of the food to Chef’s Night to make the event a success. Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar Deviled eggs with candied bacon (best deviled eggs that I have ever had in my life!) Pimento Cheese Biscuit bites with sweet red pepper butter (so yummy!) Appetizer Course – Fried grit cake with tomato jam, Andouille and dressed Arugula Salad Course – Citrus Pistachio Salad Main Course – Colonel Marmalade in the Kitchen with a Knife.  Biscuit stacked with Pimento Cheese, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, over medium egg, sausage gravy and finished with a dollop of Orange Blossom Marmalade (so delicious!) Dessert Course – Cinnamon Roll Sundae Grammies, Cinnamon Roll topped with Vanilla Ice Cream Espresso Maple Caramel, Garnished with Milk & Salted Caramel Crumble Chef Trina with her awesome wife, Va Propst. The talented Se7en Bites staff This lovely lady just got hired by Chef Trina to work at her restaurant, SE7EN BITES!  Big congratulations!!  (P.S. – She looks familiar.  I think we went to high school together.  So cool!) Follow @themichaeljavier on instagram – he’s a cool dude, I want his charisma! If you missed out this year, be sure to join us at the next Chef’s Table at Second Harvest Food Bank!  Details will be posted on their website so keep an eye out for it. (Source credit: Second Harvest Food Bank) Second Harvest Food Bank 411 Mercy Drive Orlando, FL 32805 (407) 295-1066 feedhopenow.org Se7en Bites 617 N Primrose Dr, Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 203-0727 se7enbites.com  

Sunday Brunch & Amazing Egg Benny at Bodega on Main

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came to Bodega on Main with Hanson (Nosh and Nibble) for my judge duty for the Best Caesar Challenge. The restaurant had been on my wishlist since they moved from the West End to the current location near Main Street/Science World Station.  Known for their authentic Spanish family flavours, Bogeda offers a seafood-friendly food menu and a great selection of Spanish wines, beers, and spirits. It is quite bright and spacious inside the restaurant. The interior design is filled with European characters. The Premium Double Caesar ($12) was made with the options among Sons of Vancouver chili vodka, Altos blanco tequila, and Ford’s gin.  I chose tequila as I’d love a bit of a kick on my bloody caesar. The salt and spice rim added the extra punch on the flavours as well, and I enjoyed the garnish with Serrano ham, green olive, and shrimp. Created just for the competition, this cocktail is not on their regular menu. But ask them to see if they can whip it up for you. Premium Double Caesar   We tried a couple dishes on their Weekend Brunch menu. I absolutely loved my Huevos Benedictinos ($12), which in Spanish, means “Egg Benedict”,  The eggs [...]

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Happy Hour – Watercress Palm Springs

by admin @ Watercress Vietnamese Bistro Palm Springs

    Looking for a great way to unwind, then this is the perfect place to be. At Watercress Vietnamese Bistro Palm Springs the Happy Hour menu is available daily from 3pm-6pm, located in the Bar and Patio Area only. Your taste buds will be in for a real treat here from their classic cocktails to their mouth watering Appetizers this place has it all. $5 […]

Celebrating with MCPL: 50 Years of Literacy

by marisa.wiruhayarn@gmail.com @ Tasty Thai – Kansas City

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Halal Uyghur and Chinese Cuisine Reinvented at Beijiang Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Don’t mistake the “Beijiang” in Beijiang Restaurant as “Beijing”! Bei-Jiang in Chinese refers to the northern part of Xinjiang Autonomous Territory, the largest province in China. Almost every single Chinese folk knows about the Tianshan Mountain, or literally, the “Heavenly Mountain”, a world heritage site in Xinjiang that has inspired many works of Chinese arts and literature. The mountain is the divider splitting Xinjiang into the northern and the southern regions. While the south consists of mostly desserts and is inhabited by Uyghurs, the north is much more populated with Han, Hui, Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Chinese ethic groups. The owner of Beijiang Restaurant, Richard Li, grew up in Ürümqi, the Capital of Xinjiang. After traveling around the world, and a successful restauranteur career in California and BC, he decided to start the very first Halal restaurant in British Columbia, to bring his hometown flavours to Metro Vancouver in 2009.  Recently relocated from Alexandra Road, the Richmond restaurant has taken over former Good Eat Seafood Restaurant‘s location at 8111 Leslie Road, with a much bigger dining room and a parking lot with ample space.  Beijiang also has another location in Vancouver, at 3281 Kingsway. Beijiang Restaurant The interiors are impressive with a vibrant colour scheme of [...]

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What restaurant in Parker that will show you how to make Pad Thai in minutes? Indochine does!

by Yume Tran @ Indochine Cuisine

Here is a quick recipe to make Pad Thai at home using our own Tamarind sauce.  It is super easy (as you can see from the video as well).  So what is Tamarind?  It is a very sour fruit that is very common in Southeast Asian as well as in South America.  We use Tamarind to make candies, beverages, sauces.  Continue Reading

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Pizzeria Roberti in East Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Pizzeria Roberti can be found tucked in a small corner on the east side of Orlando, off of Curry Ford and Chicksaw Trail. Here you will find one of the best pizzas in Orlando – from the crispy, tasty house-fermented crust to the house-made mozzarella cheese, Pizzeria Roberti is the real deal. Joseph Roberti, owner and chef of Pizzeria Roberti, takes a lot of pride in his work and it shows through the quality of the food here. Roberti tells us, “Our pizza on the surface is a New York Style Pizza, but underneath it is much more complex than that. In reality it is a combination of Artisan style pizza, Neapolitan style pizza, and traditional New York style pizza.” “Our dough is made from cultivated yeast produced in house similar to the production of artisan sourdough breads (Artisan characteristic). Our sauce is made from San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy and less than a handful of all fresh ingredients (Neapolitan characteristic). We bake our pies in a traditional bakers pride pizza oven (New York characteristic), but we cook them at a high heat between 550 and 575 degrees Fahrenheit (similar to a Neapolitan characteristic). Our cheese is a combination whole milk and part-skim Grande Mozzarella (New York characteristic).” “Every ingredient of our specialty pies is produced in house. Our specialty slice pies are often garnished to order not unlike a dish coming out of a high end restaurant. And that is just the pizzas. We also have beer, wine, salads (all dressings made in house), subs, appetizers (such as our homemade fresh mozzarella), pastas (all sauces made in house), and vast catering menu. We are off to a great start in developing our concept and look forward to continually evolve as we grow. “As a kid my father used to take me to a local pizza shop a few days a week and the cooks used to teach me little things here and there. By the age of 8 or 9 I made my first slice pie. Fast forward a bit to 14, I was now living in Orlando, Fl, and about to start high school. I was looking to get started in my cooking career and I got my shot at a neighborhood pizzeria & bar. I started as a prep cook, then learned the hot line, then pizza station, and even serving from time to time.” “I liked my job but had ambitions for more, I wanted to pursue a career as a professional chef. As soon as I got my license I took a job on I-drive as a dishwasher in a much bigger and more known restaurant. It was a step backward, but it was also a foot in the door with a successful brand. Fast forward again about 3 years, I worked at few spots around Orlando, most notably the Citrus Club under chef Scott Haegele, and went to culinary school.” “Upon graduating culinary school I decided to go back to New York to learn how to transition from a cook to a chef. I got my shot, this time with accomplished chef Hung Huynh who took me under his wing, trained me, and gave me the exposure and opportunity to work with many great culinarians.” “Fast Forward another 4 years, I’m living in Miami, at this point a chef myself running various kitchens. In 2015 I created a company “Motion Hospitality Group” as a hospitality consulting business, with the intention of one day opening a place of my own. Fast Forward to today where Motion Hospitality Group currently owns and operates its first restaurant concept: “Pizzeria Roberti”.” What are your first childhood food memories? One of my first memories with food was when I was around 5 or 6, my parents weren’t home and my brother was watching me. He must have fallen asleep or something, and I made an apple omelet. The first thing I have ever cooked by my memory. What are some of your favorite dishes at Pizzeria Roberti? My favorite dishes at the pizzeria are the pesto & margherita pizzas, chicken marsala with farfalle pasta, and the pizza dough zeppoles. What do you like to cook for “comfort food” at home with your family? My Favorite thing to eat at home is Mom’s Lasagna. The Sauce “Our pizza sauce consists of a combination of San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy and all fresh ingredients including fresh herbs and garlic. San Marzano tomatoes are known for their natural sweetness and low acidity.” The Dough “Our dough is made in house with our specially cultivated yeast, which is fermented on premise. This is an important characteristic of our dough because it creates a more robust flavor and the natural fermentation of our dough, makes it healthier and more digestible.” Pizzeria Roberti Address: 2751 S Chickasaw Trail Suite 107, Orlando, FL 32829 https://pizzeriaroberti.com

Exotic Drinks in Palm Springs

by admin @ Watercress Vietnamese Bistro Palm Springs

Enjoy some of best cocktails at Watercress Vietnamese Bistro,  Check out the full bar and enjoy an exotic cocktail with your favorite Asian Fusion Meal. Enjoy some of the best Cocktails in downtown Palm Springs At Watercress Vietnamese Bistro, with their impeccable selection you will never have to go anywhere else. Some of the ultimate classics such as: […]

Taste of Yaletown 2017: Fayuca

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price. This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. Fayuca is one of the latest addition to Yaletown’s Vibrant food scene, freshly nominated for Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2017 by enRoute Magazine. They represent the Northern Mexican cuisine, which has a strong tight to South Cal across the border,  featuring the Mexican flavours through Pacific Northwest ingredients and the freely gathered idea. This has made them one of the fascinating restaurants in the area. Their Taste of Yaletown menu is filled with their vibrant ideas $45 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU @ FAYUCA APPETIZER GUACAMOLE, CRISPY SUNCHOKES, PUMPKIN SEEDS, MACEDONIAN FETA or GRILLED CACTUS, HALLOUMI CHEESE, AVOCADO, PICKLED ONIONS ENTRÉE FLANK STEAK, SLOWLY ROASTED PURPLE CABBAGE, CHARRED LEEKS or GRILLED CAULIFLOWER, CARAMELIZED ONION PURÉE, ROASTED ALMONDS (V) DESSERT FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE The Guacamole is one of their featuring shared dishes and will be [...]

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Waterfront Cocktails at Pier 73

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We were at the wedding of Jess and Phil(@domoiscraving). And yes, #DomoIsMarring! Their beautiful wedding was held at Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond.  I never knew they had such a beautiful garden here, which is great for wedding ceremonies. After the ceremony, we decided to get a cocktail at the hotel resident restaurant, Pier 73. The spot is right over Fraser River and the views are beautiful, especially on a nice day like this. When we were there, the outdoor dining area on the dock was still under renovation.  I would definitely come back here on a warmer day. PIER 73 I ordered the Dragon Boat ($10), featuring Bombay Saffire gin, St. Germain, and grapefruit juice, and finished with a touch of jalapeno.  The concept of the drink is great but could use a bit more tartness from grapefruit. The slice of jalapeno was brilliant, adding another layer of flavour. Dragon Boat Food Wench’s choice of the Elderflower Collins ($11) surprised us as she always like something strong like with bourbon or whiskey.  It tasted pleasant with the mix of Gordon’s gin, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, and soda. ELDERFLOWER COLLINS My 2nd drink was their signature, the Pier 73 [...]

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Vietnam Cuisine in Mills 50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Don’t judge a book by its cover – This tiny restaurant has served as home to quite a few different restaurants over the year – I think due to its small space, but this iteration is a winner. It is tiny, just maybe 8 tables, seat maybe 40 in the whole building. Tucked between a nail supply shop and a Vietnamese owned wedding cake shop, just a few doors down from Saigon Market and Tasty Wok, I love Vietnam Cuisine for their banh cuon, velvety smooth rice crepes stuffed with woodeared mushroom and ground pork, pork sausage, Vietnamese sweet fish sauce. pour it over. Known for their take on northern Vietnamese dishes – other than Lac Viet, most other Vietnamese restaurants in town specialize in the southern cuisine of Vietnam. The cha ca thanh long is a popular dish, a type of fish patty with tilapia spiced in turmeric and herb (what herb) =, I think it is a play on a fish becoming a dragon. Also, bun cha ha noi, a rice vermicelli dish with pork meat balls and sweet fish sauce for dipping. It’s like tsukeman Vietnamese noodles – Vietnamese rice spaghetti and pork meatballs ? Also, great pho here with lots of meat cuts and ox tail. Generous portions. On the way out, I get a few banh bao, a type of stuffed pastry stuffed with pork meat, hard boiled egg, Chinese sausage. It’s known as a poor man’s meal and popular street food – you can get full off of just one bao. It was popular in Hong Kong years ago, but I guess owners got smart and cut back on it so their customers wouldn’t get full off of just one pork bun. Get the banh cuon – velvety smooth rice crepes stuffed with woodeared mushroom and ground pork, pork sausage, Vietnamese sweet fish sauce. pour it over. Cha Ca Thanh Long Beef Noodle Soup aka Pho Special Rice plate with egg, grilled pork chop, pork casserole Bun bo hue, with blood pudding Stir fried noodles More Pho Rare to find blood pudding in Bun Bo Hue in Orlando – very authentic! Bun Cha Ha Noi

Pho Ngoon in San Gabriel a modest, yet tasty Vietnamese restaurant

Pho Ngoon in San Gabriel a modest, yet tasty Vietnamese restaurant


San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The very tasty Pho Ngoon, in a busy mini-mall at the northwest corner of Valley and San Gabriel boulevards in San Gabriel, is an unusual Vietnamese restaurant on a number of levels. First of all, i…

Wall St. Plaza Cantina Introduces New Menu

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Wall St. Plaza Cantina brings a new Feliz Hour taco menu with new tacos and deals you can only get on Tuesdays between 2-7pm. We were invited to try each as well as Terremoto’s new tequila. The tacos can be served on soft white flour, white corn tortilla, or hard yellow corn shells. The white corn tortilla is a tad dry for my fancy, but the hard yellow corn shell was good. Yet, our favorite has to be the soft white flour tortilla. Taco de Pescado (back left) – white fish grilled “a la plancha” and topped with shredded cabbage and cilantro cream. The grilled fish is tender and has a good kind of unique taste. $2 Tuesday Taco (back center) – choose ground beef or shredded chicken. In this case, we tried the ground beef. It’s a traditional taco of Wall St. Plaza Cantina on a hard yellow corn shell with shredded iceberg lettuce as well as topped with Monterrey and cheddar cheese. It is simplistic, yet delicious. Pollo Frito (back right) – fried chicken strips tossed in a house honey chipotle sauce before being topped with shredded cabbage and cilantro crema. This was my favorite taco of the night. Sweet with a slight hot kick to the end. The chicken has a crispy coating from being fried; yet, it does not heat up the cabbage and cilantro crema, which makes me very happy for it not to do because the cabbage and cilantro crema adds a fresh touch to the taco. Tico Taco (front center) – house braised, shredded pork with onions, cilantro on a white corn tortilla and a signature tico sauce. The shredded pork is slightly dry,  but the flavors are nice. The onions add a nice crunchy texture to this dish. Terremoto was present with their jalapeño lime infused tequila as well as their churro infused tequila. You can have them in a margarita form or shot form. Both are tasty depending on your mood! For more information, please visit Taco Tuesday.

Jon Smith Subs opens in Oviedo

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

I was born and raised in Palm Beach County so have many memories of Jon Smith Subs growing up. They were the mom and pop corner sub shop where I lived. I was excited to hear that they have finally made their way up to Orlando (though all the way out in Oviedo) and dropped by during the opening recently. The first Jon Smith shop opened in 1988 in Palm Beach County, FL serving up their signature marinated grilled sirloin steak and real chicken breast subs. I ordered the Steak Bomb –  Sirloin steak, Grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes & provolone. My sub was quite delicious – the bread was fresh as was the steak. I think next time I’ll try their traditional steak with cheese and forgo the other ingredients – ok maybe I’ll keep the bacon. The manager/owner was in, a Oviedo native, greeting and welcoming each family and patron entering the shop – it was quite the welcome sight. Jon Smith Subs – Oviedo 3607 Aloma Ave, Oviedo, FL 32765 https://jonsmithsubs.com/locations/oviedo-fl/ Mon-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm Sun Closed

FUH - Vietnamese Fast Casual

FUH - Vietnamese Fast Casual


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FuhChicago Vietnamese fast casual joint with a focus on pho

Restaurant review: Brass Spoon in Central – tasty Vietnamese dishes

Restaurant review: Brass Spoon in Central – tasty Vietnamese dishes


South China Morning Post

With good flavours, cool decor and cheap prices, this little spot in Central closes early, so head there for a tasty lunch or early dinner

Vegetarian

by Lams @ Lam's Restaurant

Vietnamese vegetarian food use plenty of tofu, herbs, and spices to combine creativity and flavor into dishes. Many of our vegetarian dishes are made with various vegetables like taro, jicama, onions, among others, then incorporated into other dish such as stir-fries, salad bowls, sandwich fillings, or rice dishes. The condiment that accompanies certain meals are […]

Bonus Lobster Not Worth It at 54th Ave Cafe

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It’s a known fact that my mom’s got a weakness for lobster. And when she saw the ad for 54th Ave Cafe on Ming Pao, she wanted to give their special dinner set a try. The set includes any 2 dishes from the dinner menu and a whole lobster for $58.95 before tax. The place is pretty close to Richmond, only minutes away once I get off Knight Bridge.  It is a small restaurant in a strip mall near Champlain Community Centre. Besides offering Hong Kong Style cafe fare, they have a full Chinese kitchen for Cantonese dish. For the dinner set, there’s a big bowl of soup of the day brewed from pork bones and vegetables. It was a little bland. We chose the Whole Lobster to be stir-fried with onion and ginger. The lobster was small and slightly overcooked. The 2 dishes we picked on their regular dinner menu were around $15 – $18 if ordered separately. The Chicken and Scallops Stir Fry on Gai Lan was in a huge portion. The flavour was okay but it was a little greasy. The Big Prawns and Yam Noodle Knots in Clay Pot was recommended by the waitress, but I was a little [...]

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Where to Eat Vietnamese in Metro Detroit: 8 Tasty Spots

Where to Eat Vietnamese in Metro Detroit: 8 Tasty Spots


Eater Detroit

A guide to pho, banh mi, and more.

Recap: Judging Best Margarita Challenge by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

This year’s Best Margarita Challenge has 5 contestants all over Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Check out my YouTube video here! The Pawn Shop YVR Web: http://thepawnshopyvr.com Blueberry Elderflower Margarita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 1, 2017 at 5:40pm PDT Price: $9.95 Description: made with Casamigos Blanco, St. Germaine Elderflower, Triple Sec, lime juice, blueberry syrup, Salt Rim and Lime Wheel Float. Created by: Casey Brady   Stormcrow Tavern Web: http://www.stormcrowtavern.com/ Scarif Tropical Blast Margarita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 4, 2017 at 10:56am PDT Price: $10 Created by: Cole Hayton Description: Lower your shields with the Scarif Tropical Blast Margarita! Made with Plantain infused Tequila Blanco, Sieta Misterios Doba-Yej Mezcal for that smoky just-shot blaster flavour, Storm Trooper collected coconut milk, AT-ACT grilled pineapple, lime, brown sugar and salted rim. It’ll make you forget about the Imperial Troopers shooting at you and let you become one with the Force.   Ban Chok Dee Web: http://www.banchokdee.com CoCo-MangoRita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 10, 2017 at 12:31pm PDT Price: $10 Created by:  Parinya Loptson Description: A Taste of Thai mix – Tamarind and palm sugar with Mexican Coconut Tequila, Mezcal and mix Citrus really [...]

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2018 Orlando Food Predictions You Want to Know

by C Major @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Happy 2018, Food Friends! Can we all agree that glitter and unicorn desserts are so 2017? Well maybe not, but a girl can dream. I caught up with some of Orlando’s coolest chefs to find out what they see coming to a table near you in 2018, and here’s what they had to say. The Verdict: Crazy desserts are out; smaller, savory sweets are in Asian eats are here to stay RIP to unnecessary gluten-free dishes Say hello to veg cuisine, it’s here and it’s not playing HAWKERS Asian Street Fare – Kaleb Harrell  “Ethnic desserts – We are revamping our entire dessert line because we feel customers are ready. Desserts that have a savory edge, are fruit-based, or just have ingredients outside of mainstream will gain popularity as the size of desserts decreases. Today’s customer would rather have a few bites of something amazing to end their meal than a bowl of corn syrup. Savory cocktails – This one has been on the fringe for a while, but I think 2018 is the year for savory cocktails to take hold.  Think meat stocks, dry rub ingredients, and vegetable instead of fruit juices.  Fast and fresh – This is the mecca for market share in lunch business.  A few companies are doing well and expanding quickly, but it’s a race to see who keeps consistency. Virtually every diner is looking for a fast, and ultra fresh lunch option. How many days can you eat a Chick-fil-A salad for lunch? Vinegars and sours – Fermented flavors are gaining more popularity and will continue in the next year. Look for pickling, fermenting, gourmet mustards, and generally bold flavors in small quantities to continue.  Cheese and charcuterie are amazing, but the accoutrements are starting to take center stage.” Black Rooster Taqueria – John Calloway “I think we will see a lot of cauliflower. Gluten-free has reached its peak, so we will see more artisan and/or rustic breads and people milling their own flours. Mexican will still be everywhere, but I believe Indian food is the next big cuisine. Food as medicine will also be a big focus. From all of the juice bars to doctors and nutritionists prescribing specific foods and diets, we’ll be getting back to our roots with the earth healing our bodies.” K Restaurant – Michelle Hulbert “I think there will continue to be interest smaller desserts – that are portion-control friendly. Over-the-top, gigantic desserts will be a thing of the past. The healthier sides of sweets will include more seasonal fruits.  I think in general we will see a larger focus on vegetables as the star and less starch-heavy dishes.” K Restaurant –  Ryan McLaughlin “I think in 2018 we will see a continued movement toward more vegetable-forward dishes, a dedicated focus on limiting food waste, and an even stronger movement within the chef community to support small, sustainable farms that are focused on the ethical treatment of animals.” Tapa Toro – Wendy Lopez  “I see familiar foods becoming more prominent on menus at restaurants. Think pork rinds and hot dogs. They will be reimagined with new ingredients and presentations. I think we’ll start to see lesser-known cuts of meat appear on menus around town – like Vegas strip and Oyster steak. We’ll start to see more family-style dining options at restaurants. At Tapa Toro, we see groups of people passing plates around the table. Why commit to one entree when you could try a little bit of everything?” Pizza Bruno – Bruno Zacchini “I’ll start with pizza! For me, I see Neapolitan pizza still going strong but new styles and types will become the next thing from Detroit squares to Roman thin crusts and artisan slice pies with farm-to-table ingredients. Pizza has so many styles most people have never seen so it’s really wide open. Overall fast casual is going to keep happening and moving forward with counter service places and places focusing on singular dishes done extremely well.  Flavors for me are Middle Eastern, more regional Asian (think Bangrak), and Italian, of course! I also think that in 2018 we’ll continue to see veg-centric cuisine making its way onto more menus.” Valhalla Bakery + Valkyrie Doughnuts – Celine Duvoisin  “I see a bubble bursting of the stuff on stuff on stuff on stuff. (Not that I’m not going to do excessive shit until it dies.) I think that more Asian popularity will happen, I foresee a rise in proper ramen coming to town and possibly Asian desserts. We’ve hit this wall of sugar hell, with no one hitting the less sweet almost savory desserts. Hopefully an end to the gluten-free obsession. My fingers are crossed for more Mediterranean-type places that focus on macro-based foods as fuel instead of insanely over designed places that don’t have the food to seal the deal.” Is this roundup missing something, or are you seeing a trend worth sharing? Comment below and cheers to new year! Snack on, Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major! +++

Holiday Specials at BRIO Tuscan Grille

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

(Seasonal!) White Chocolate Berry Bread Pudding: vanilla bean gelato, housemade berry sauce, anglaise ($6.95) On this chilly day, I cannot stop thinking about this warm and beautiful seasonal dessert.  It was so rich and decadent, with all the right flavors. My mom and I had to wait a little bit for it because the kitchen wanted to make it hot and fresh right out of the oven for us, hence why the vanilla bean gelato was instantly trickling down from it, but it was worth the wait. ‘Tis the season at BRIO Tuscan Grille! The restaurant is offering many ways to celebrate this season, from new menu items, seasonal dishes and cocktails and special events including: Sat. Dec. 16 – Breakfast with Santa Sun. Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve party with complimentary prosecco, party favors, balloon drop and live music. Call BRIO Tuscan Grille – Winter Park Village at (407) 622-5611 and ask for the manager, Kiki, for more information! Nationwide: – Facebook & Instagram Contest: BRIO’s “12 Days to Win!” Facebook and Instagram contest gives fans a chance to win various prizes from Monday, Dec. 4–Friday, Dec. 15. BRIO will post a different question regarding the holidays each day. Those with winning answers will receive incredible BRIO prizes such as: gift cards, brunch for six, a chef’s dinner, a Happy Hour party for 12, and BRIO for a year (a $1,200 value)! – Bonus Gift Card Offer:  From Monday, Nov. 13–Saturday, Dec. 30, BRIO guests will receive a $25 bonus card with every $100 in gift cards purchased. The bonus card is valid Monday, Jan. 1 – Thursday, March 15, 2018. BRIO gift cards can be purchased at a local BRIO restaurant or online at www.BrioItalian.com/giftcards. (NEW! ) Buffalo Chicken Nachos – Cheddar cheese sauce, creamy horseradish, Gorgonzola, green onions, celery, house-made potato chips ($5) (NEW!) Crispy Shrimp Brio – Spicy Remoulade, green onions ($6) (NEW!) Warm Margherita Dip – Four cheese blend, tomato compote, Reggiano, basil, grilled ciabatta ($5) (Seasonal!) Spicy shrimp bruschetta – Fontina, charred tomato, lobster butter ($12.50) Bulleit Nog-Chata: Bulleit Rye whiskey, RumChata, simple syrup, crème anglaise, cinnamon, nutmeg, cinnamon sugar rim ($9) Salted Caramel Martini: RumChata, Kahlua, Absolut Vanilla, caramel swirl, salted rim ($9) Two-Course Combos: your choice of soup or salad, with choice of entrée: Soups – Soup of the day, Lobster Bisque (add $1) Salads – Brio Chopped Salad, Caesar, or Wedge Surf & Turf: 14-oz. strip steak, black pepper shrimp, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus (the two-course meal is priced at $34.95 with this entrée) Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Glazed Peppers (light entrée): farro, quinoa, grape tomatoes, asparagus, capers, Marcona almonds, feta, pesto vinaigrette (the two-course meal is priced at $19.95 with this entrée) Grilled Branzino: roasted red & gold beets, farro, Marcona almonds, marinated kale, lemon vinaigrette, feta (the two-course meal is priced at $26.95 with this entrée) Caramel Mascarpone Cheesecake – Anglaise sauce, vanilla whipped cream ($4.25) Thank you Mom for being my plus 1 to a few of my foodie events!  Be sure to check out BRIO Tuscan Grille – Winter Park Village soon for the holidays! (Source credit: BRIO Tuscan Grille) BRIO Tuscan Grille 480 N Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 622-5611 http://brioitalian.com

Peking Duck for Two at Neptune Seafood Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

My mom wanted to make a use of her VIP card from Neptune Seafood Restaurant that she recently acquired. The benefit of using the card is 10% off, but not on seafood dishes. This just sounds silly because it is a SEAFOOD restaurant. I came here for dim sum quite a few times over the years, and also had tried their special lobster lunch menu, but never came here for dinner. Maybe it’s because of its Chinese name 龍皇鮑翅, which suggests that they specialize in abalone and shark fin, which doesn’t sound exactly eco-friendly. The main dining area was roomy and bright, although the interior design is somewhat generic and similar to other restaurants in the same category. They also have several VIP rooms for private parties. One of the rooms was in use that evening, and apparently, there was Karaoke inside the room. It felt strange to hear some super bad singing for a few seconds now and then when someone had to exit or enter the room. Neptune Seafood Restaurant So we finally decided on getting a whole Peking Duck ($48), as it always comes in 2 courses and it should be plenty of food for 2 of us. [...]

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NCAPS Global Business & Entrepreneurship

by marisa.wiruhayarn@gmail.com @ Tasty Thai – Kansas City

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Quick and Comforting Cantonese Dinner at Congee Noodle House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We can find great wonton noodle soup in Richmond, at restaurants like McKim, Tsim Chai Kee, and Double Double, representing the authentic flavours from Hong Kong or Guangzhou. But if you ask me where to go to find a good bowl of wonton noodle soup in the City of Vancouver, one on the list has to be Congee Noodle House on Broadway and Main. However, I wouldn’t call the place a favourite because I had received some terrible services there over the years. For someone who finds the taste of food more important than the service of the restaurant, this means something. However, when my mom was requesting a noodle house for dinner after we were driving around downtown, I thought I should take her to Congee Noodle House for a change, instead of our usual spot, Kwang Chow Congee Noodle house in the same neighbourhood. I don’t’ believe in banning a place with good food just because the service is bad. After all, I do find the taste of food more important than the service of the restaurant. Congee Noodle House We had a few of the most common Cantonese dishes and the flavours made us feel like back home in Guangzhou. The Beef Chow Fun [...]

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Chinese New Year Dinner 2018: Specialty Chicken and Wonton House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I have become quite attached to Specialty Chicken and Wonton House in Richmond over the years.  I absolutely love the variety of specialty chicken preparations here. If you are a Cantonese, you must include a chicken dish for dinner at any special occasion, especially for Chinese New Year.  The restaurant is owned by Wingtat Chicken Farm, known for eir free-range Loong Kong chicken. This special type of chicken has to be raised with a specific method, and grown to have tighter meat due to free running, but also enough amount of fat so that the meat is not too dry, which is great for all the Cantonese chicken dishes.  The farm even exports the birds back to China and Hong Kong. My favourite chicken dishes here are the Soy Sauce Chicken and Qing Ping Chicken. But I think for the general public, Soy Sauce Chicken is much more acceptable for it’s slightly sweeter taste on the exterior.  However, I wouldn’t recommend the Hainan Chicken here. I would rather go to Mui Garden in the neighbourhood for it. Here are the chicken dishes at the restaurant, and they are the most common chicken dishes on Cantonese dinner table. Empress Chicken – Poached [...]

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Indochine’s Own Sauce Are Making Their Way Online!

by Yume Tran @ Indochine Cuisine

Most of you know that we came up with 14 sauces that we use in our restaurant to cook with and also bottle them for our retail center since 2007!  When we started creating, testing and bottling the sauces, Yume and Jeff’s young daughter, Clara, said the name of the sauce company should be Asian Meals In Minutes!  For a Continue Reading

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Join with me to Feed Northland Kids

by marisa.wiruhayarn@gmail.com @ Tasty Thai – Kansas City

How do you feel when you’re hungry? If you’re like most people, you get distracted and irritable. Most likely, your focus zeroes in on how to get food in your tummy as soon as possible to make the discomfort go away. My work for the past fifteen years has involved putting delicious food in the […]

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Chef Leung’s Classic Dishes at Hoitong Chinese Seafood Restaurant 海棠海鮮酒家

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

When arriving at Hoitong, a 40-seat Chinese restaurant tucked in a tiny strip mall on Westminster Hwy,  although is clean and cozy, most people will find it far from their expectation,  a winner of several local Chinese restaurant awards and an honourable mention for the Best Upscale Chinese Restaurant in 2016. In the Hoitong’s kitchen, there is the 70-year-old chef and owner Leung Yiu Tong who specializes in classic Cantonese dishes from the Shunde region. And that’s what you come here for. Shunde is a satellite town of Guangzhou (Canton), the capital of Guangdong Province. In China, there’s a saying – all the best Cantonese restaurants are in Guangzhou (Canton) but all the best Cantonese chefs are from Shunde. After his establishment in Hong Kong, Chef Leung brought the master craft to Vancouver and opened Hoitong. The restaurant is popular so we had to call in to reserve a table. There are also dishes that they only serve if ordered 24 hours in advance, such as the Lotus Leaf Rice Wrap and the Steamed Rockfish. We ordered one Deep Fried Squab, which is in this category. I had heard this place was pricey and it showed on their menu, with hardly any dishes [...]

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Saigon Flavors – Oviedo, FL

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Vietnamese – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Saigon Flavors opened not almost a year ago and has already won Best Vietnamese in the Critic’s choice in this year’s Orlando Sentinel Foodies Awards. That is quite the accomplishment for the “new kid on the block”, and indeed quite the achievement being located so far from the Mills-50 district area where the majority of Vietnamese restaurants are clustered. Goi cuon / summer rolls with shrimp and pork Saigon Flavors is located in Oviedo, Florida right off of Aloma Avenue and SR-417 just east of Tuscawilla Road. Although the restaurant is new, the owner Charlie Tang has a long history in the Vietnamese restaurant business, having previously owned Viet Garden on Colonial Drive near Mills Avenue in the “Viet Town” area. He is very much active in Saigon Flavors, manning the front desk and checking up on guests quite regularly during meals. I enjoyed Saigon Flavors on quite a few occasions and though the flavors are a bit toned down from what I am accustomed to, I do understand as the clientele is a bit more “American” and have differing tastes. I’ll take what I can get out here I suppose. Bun thit nuong cha gio / Rice Vermicelli Noodle bowl with spring rolls and grilled pork My favorite item on the menu are their goi cuon / summer roll appetizers ($3.50) filled with shrimp, pork, vermicelli rice noodles, and herbs wrapped in rice paper and served with a hoisin/peanut butter dipping sauce. The bun thit nuong cha gio (rice vermicelli noodles with grilled pork and egg roll) are also fantastic. I did notice however that the cha gio / fried egg roll had much more vegetable filling than I am accustomed to in a Vietnamese egg roll which I did not like. It was tasty though even without alot of meat. The quintessential Vietnamese dish “Pho”, beef noodle soup, is decent here as well, although it did seem to need a tad bit more flavor. Maybe the soup needed to simmer for a little longer. Pho noodle soup! The service here is decent, much more accommodating than the usual brusque attention that you would get downtown. The decor here is a bit of a fusion of modern and traditional Vietnamese, with tall wooded pillars, colorful walls, and some murals of temples and Vietnamese markets. chicken fried rice~ Overall, Saigon Flavors definitely was not a disappointment and is a welcome addition to the growing offerings in the Oviedo area. I hope it will achieve continued success, but also hope that it can continue to stick to the traditional Vietnamese cuisine and keep bringing the “saigon flavors”. Note: Saigon Flavors is closed Mondays. .

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