Insatiable Girl

BEVERLY HILLS: Paulette Macarons

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 26, 2011
9466 Charleville Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
310 275 0023

My brother Johnny brought these home for me (thanks 哥哥!), so all my judgments for Paulette’s are based off day-old macarons… which were still damn good. I’m typically not a huge fan of macarons; they were the cupcakes of a few years ago in New York, all hype. Everyone was selling them and everyone was eating them. I had Bouchons and some other places and while they were all good, I never understood why people loved them. They were airy and just nothing special. But it’s been a while now since i last had them, so maybe I appreciate them more now? Shrug.

I loved Paulette’s ganache because it had a consistency that reminded me of mochi. It was so good, I had four macarons in a span of five minutes and for anyone who knows me, that’s a lot considering I rarely eat sweets. I highly recommend you get their sweet wedding almond, earl grey, and pistachio macarons. And I personally would stay away from their violet and passion fruit ones… not because they weren’t good, but because they were really tangy when I wanted/expected something sweet.

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Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on January 25, 2011
18902 Gale Ave
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
626 964 9300

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good
Directions: Get off at Nogales on the 60
Reservations: Not accepted
Must Get: Corn

Okay, okay… I’ll admit this place is good, but seriously– is it worth the hype? The longest I’d be willing to wait for this place is 30 minutes. It’s not real Cajun food, but the flavors are good. The seafood is fresh. The servers are nice. And I guess for the location and community, the restaurant is kind of a novelty. Heck, they serve you food in a plastic bag. I’m shocked my dad ate as much as he did.

I think I prefer their garlic butter flavor over lemon pepper and the whole shebang. I’d stay away from their fried calamari and oysters the next time (at least at this branch), but I might try their catfish. (If you want good fried oysters, buy some oysters– enough to feed you, me, and my fam– and come over to my house. I’ll get my dad to fry them up for you.) The clams and shrimp were good, but the corn was definitely my favorite. Next time, I’ll get the dungeness crab too.

I keep hearing that the Garden Grove location is the best, so I guess I’ll have to swing by that spot next time.

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SANTA MONICA: Wahoo’s Fish Taco

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on January 24, 2011
418 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 393 9125

Price: Cheap
Rating: Eh.
Directions: Get off at 4th/5th on the 10
Reservations: Not needed
Must Get: Nothing

Dammit. Another fast food chain that I used to love has disappointed me again. The fish tacos here were awful. The fish completely lacked flavor. I had to soak the taco in hot sauce before it became edible. The only thing good about it was the fresh cabbage slivers. What the heck happened? I remember I used to love Wahoo’s. Guess this means I’ll have to revisit Taco Nazo and Senor Baja to hopefully have the fast food spots redeem itself with their fish tacos. Sad.

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ROWLAND HEIGHTS: New Capital Seafood Restaurant

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 24, 2011

1330 S Fullerton Rd (Diamond Plaza)
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
626 581 9813

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good/Great
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: Not sure.
Must Get: Chicken feet (if your stomach can handle it!)

Tim and I went after a morning of hot yoga. I was starving as usual and my eyes are always bigger than my stomach so we ended up ordering (and finishing!) 7 plates between the two of us. The food here is definitely better than the dishes offered at Hong Kong Palace. I’ve actually been here a few times before with my family, but my dad still prefers Hong Kong Palace for some ungodly reason.

Everything we had here was good except their steamed spareribs (pictured above) and their tofu skin wrapped meat and bamboo shoots (also pictured above, on the left). The shumai was good as well, but too meaty in my opinion. Their chicken feet though was hands down my favorite dish. I’m going to push for this place the next time my family wants to do dim sum again. Haha.

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Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 23, 2011

1015 S Nogales St
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
626 965 5809

Price: Cheap
Rating: Yummmmmm.
Directions: Get off at Nogales on the 60
Reservations: Not accepted
Must Get: Shaved snow (any flavor)

I’ve been going to this place since it opened a few years back, but I guess in the recent years they added shaved snow (xuehuabing 雪花冰) to their menu. Prior to this trip, I never had shaved snow before, but according to my friend Howard, it was something that was popular in Taiwan 20 years ago. It’s like shaved ice, but BETTER because they use frozen milk as their base, instead of water.

When Ally and I went, they were out of mango, so we just had their red bean shaved snow with rice cake and added chrysanthemum jelly. My stomach is grumbling just thinking about it. It’s the best shaved ice/snow that I’ve ever had, totally worth all the calories! The only downfall was that there weren’t enough toppings. By the time we got through with half the bowl, we were already out of all the red beans, rice cake, and jelly. (Note to self: Get extra rice cake for all future visits. Yum!)

I’m definitely going back again this week for the mango or green tea shaved snow.

(It’s been a while since I had the food here. I remember thinking it was alright, but not particularly noteworthy. I remember I used to get this one dry noodle dish with chicken. If I try the food again, I’ll update this post.)

BREA: Osaka Seafood Buffet

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended, restaurants by sue on January 22, 2011

200 S State College Blvd
Brea, CA 92821
714 672 9698

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Eh…
Directions: Get off at Imperial Hwy on the 57
Reservations: Accepted
Must Get: (if you really have to come here) pepper steak, kalbi, eel, fried chicken wings

First off, I would like to tell you to save your money and not eat here. The food is not that great. Sure, $16 for unlimited food, including sushi, sounds like a great deal, but when the food is not really up to par, why bother? I went with my brother and his friends after playing badminton for a few hours. I was starving and, as usual when I go to a buffet, over-ate. My mind does not that have that off switch! Haha. I ate almost three plates of food (I really should be ginormous by now, I know), but it was difficult to find things I really wanted to eat in order to fill up those plates.

The sushi was not that fresh– I highly suggest you stay away from the yellowtail. The salmon was better, but it was rarely available. The eel was okay since it’s cooked. There was also nothing special about the hot food, but my my brother seemed to really like their Mongolian bbq. If I had to go back, i would stick with eating their pepper steak, kalbi, and fried chicken wings. Their coconut shrimp and salt and pepper crab legs weren’t bad either, but the shrimp was a bit too oily for me and the crab was just too much work.

The only thing that this place has going for them is their servers. They were nice and pretty attentive. Our table rarely had an empty drink.

If you and your friends wanted sushi for cheap and wanted variety, I would suggest you go to Niko Niko and just order a bunch of their rolls. The rolls are cheap, but a good size, and the fish is definitely higher quality than what they served here at Osaka. Only thing about Niko Niko– stay away from their udon.


Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on January 22, 2011
1731 Fullerton Road
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 964-7073

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good/Great
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: Not accepted
Must Get: kimchi soondubu with pork

Hmm maybe it’s because I haven’t had soondubu in a while or because I came in with low expectations (I remember thinking this place was nothing special a few years ago) or because this branch improved, but I actually liked it this past trip. After days (or possibly just a few minutes) of trying to figure out a place for dinner, David and I finally settled upon getting soondubu at BCD. I ordered my usual of kimchi soondubu with pork while David got the kalbi + soondubu combination. We both liked our tofu dishes, but neither of them were spicy enough– I even asked for extra spicy! The kalbi was marinated well, but was rather chewy. The pancha (side dishes) here were good overall, but nothing special. BCD is known for giving a grilled fish per person, but I personally could do without it.

I’d come back again for the tofu since it’s so close to me, but I hear there’s a place across the street near Galleria that makes it even better. Guess I’ll have to try it to find out!

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DIAMOND BAR: Gook Hwa House

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended by sue on January 22, 2011

2825 S Diamond Bar Blvd (Inside H Mart)
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Their red bean and custard cakes are HORRIBLE. They are by far the worst cakes of these kinds I have ever, ever tasted. Even if they paid me to eat it one more time, I would not. Stay the hell away from these things if you like your taste buds.

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SAN GABRIEL: Liang’s Kitchen

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 21, 2011

227 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 281-1898

Price: Cheap
Rating: Great
Directions: Get off at Del Mar Ave on the 10
Reservations: Not accepted
Must Get: Spicy wontons, beef roll, oxtail, beef noodle soup

This is now my new favorite Taiwanese spot in LA. The food here is pretty amazing. I loved the spicy wontons. The beef roll was delicious, but could have done with more cilantro inside. I got their oxtail noodles (pictured above) which I loved because it was garlicky, but I think I would rather get a side of oxtail and their beef noodle soup next time. I didn’t have their beef noodles this trip, but I had a sip of Ally’s broth and liked it. The only disappointing thing we got was their scallion pancake which lacked scallions! There were barely any in the pancake, so the flavor was just not there. Ally, John, and I went late, so there were plenty of empty tables, but I hear the wait is usually long. And the servers were really nice. I’m bringing my momma here next time!

p.s. They have locations in Rowland Heights, Arcadia, and Irvine too.

LOS ANGELES: Robata Jinya

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on January 20, 2011
8050 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323 653 8877

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Good
Directions: Get off at Venice Blvd on the 10
Reservations: I assume you would need them for the weekend.
Must Get: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

Overall, this izakaya is pretty good. It’s a cute place with nice decor and good food. Nothing was mind-blowing, but nothing was disappointing either. Albert and I ordered their shrimp toast, agedashi, enoki mushroom and bacon skewers, black cod, LaBrea roll, and hakata tonkotsu ramen. If I were to go back, I would definitely not order the shrimp toast or agedashi again. The shrimp toast was fine, but nothing special. And the agedashi was good, but it only had two pieces of tofu! The shrimp and eggplant it came with lacked flavor. And while the black cod was good, neither Albert nor I thought it was worth the $12. It was just too small.

However, the hakata tonkotsu ramen beat out Ippudo’s for me, especially with its less than $10 price tag (Ippudo’s is usually about $14). I liked the broth and chashu pork, but I don’t understand why they only serve 20 bowls of this particular ramen a day. I would go back just for their ramen, but if they ran out of the hakata tonkotsu one, I’d try their Kyoto spicy ramen next.

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