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ROWLAND HEIGHTS: Newport Seafood 新港海鮮

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 14, 2011

www.newportseafood.com
18441 Colima Road
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 839-1239

Price: Very Expensive
Rating: Greatttt
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: They don’t take them
Must Get: House special lobster, boiled shrimp, fried tofu

This is probably hands down the best Chinese/Vietnamese seafood restaurant in the area. I’ve been here years ago, but I wasn’t nearly as impressed with it that time as I was this past trip. They remodeled since I was there last there and it was definitely for the best. This place is surprisingly beautiful. The decor is modern; it reminds me of the restaurants found on the top floors of department buildings in Asia. But the best part is, it’s clean! A huge rarity for Chinese restaurants in this area sadly. But anyway, on to the food…

Everything we ordered here was delicious with the exception of their clams. Stay away from them. They were sauteed well, but not cleaned well. They still had sand! And let me tell you, my parents are in the seafood business and that’s just not normal. (Soak clams in water for about 30 minutes before you decide to cook them and scrub the shells.) Their house specialty is their lobster, you’ll see it at practically every table and it’s worth it. It’s a little bit on the sweet side, but overall really tasty. You can’t really go wrong with boiled shrimp as long as it’s fresh and this particular type of shrimp (in Chinese it’s youshuixia 游水蝦). Their fried tofu was good too, crisp on the outside but the sauce needed some jalapenos with a bit more kick. We also got a plate of sauteed green pea sprouts (Don’t hold me to that English name, it’s what I found via Google. It’s called doumiao 豆苗 in Chinese) which were also good, but once again it’s hard to mess that up.

Anyway, this place is great and definitely worth going to, but early warning, if you want seafood here make sure to bring your parents or someone else who is willing to pay the bill. A small lobster here goes for about $60-70 and a pound of shrimp goes for $25-30… I could probably eat a pound or two alone and still be hungry. Ha! They do have meat dishes here that are cheaper like the bo luc lac (French style beef cubes in black pepper sauce), but this place is famous for their seafood, so how can you come here and not try it?

BROOKLYN: Nha Toi

Posted in brooklyn, food, new york, restaurants by sue on November 14, 2010

This tiny hole in the wall spot is a bit intimidating at first. There aren’t that many seats here and they are usually taken so you’re pretty lucky if you get one. The menu is up in front on a clipboard on the wall and you order there as well. The pho is alright; not terrible, but not amazing. The soup wasn’t like what I had expected, but the brisket blew me away with its tenderness. The pulled pork banh mi was flavorful but lacked the carrots, radish, and cilantro I normally associate with Vietnamese sandwiches. The thing you have to get if you decide to try Nha Toi is the shrimp and bacon summer roll– why didn’t anyone think of that before? It’s probably the best summer roll I have ever had. They even give you three sauces for it. Yum.

NEW YORK: Num Pang

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 3, 2010

21 E 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
212 255 3271

Price: Pricey for what you get
Rating: Great!
Directions: NQRW456 to Union Square
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get: Hoisin Veal Meatball Sandwich

Potentially the best Asian sandwich shop I’ve tried. Potentially just because it’s overpriced for the size ($8 for a tiny sandwich that would not fill me up?? Pft!) and the staff could be a bit more welcoming. Their hoisin veal meatball sandwich which was simply mouth watering. The meat was tender, the sauce was tangy, the bread was perfectly crisp, and it had the right amount of veggies, especially cilantro. Although the sandwiches are made to order, it’s definitely no burger king– you can’t have it your way; so, if you are not a fan of mayo, don’t go to Num Pang. At least everything else you can pick out.

Early warning though– do NOT get the corn. It sounded like a great combination of some of my favorte things: corn, spice, and coconut… Unfortunately, it just did not go well together. Lesson learned.

NEW YORK: Pho 32 & Shabu

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on May 12, 2010

2 W 32nd St, New York, NY
212 695 0888

Price: Cheap/Reasonable
Rating: Good
Directions: N,Q,R,W,B,D,F,V to 34th St
Reservations: You don’t need them
Must Get:

Not the best pho ever, but it’s a good quick fix if you don’t feel like dragging yourself to dirty, fish-smelling Chinatown. The meat isn’t as good as what you would find at Pho Hoa or Thai Son (both in Chinatown), but the broth hits the spot.

NEW YORK: Baoguette

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on February 18, 2010

Multiple locations, but the one I went to:
37 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10003
Hours: 11-12am Sun-Thu / 11-2am Fri-Sat
212 380 1487

PRICE: Cheap for Manhattan (approx $8/dish), but double the price of Chinatown & it’s cash only.
RATING: Love it.
DIRECTIONS: 6 to Astor, RW to 8th Street
RESERVATIONS: You don’t need them, but there are only a few seats available
MUST GET: First timers, get the sloppy bao or the classic.

First it was cupcakes, now it’s Vietnamese sandwiches.  These sandwich shops are popping up everywhere in the city.  And while I prefer the ones in Chinatown for authenticity and price, I have to say I love Baoguette.  (It doesn’t hurt that it’s not that far from my apartment as well!)  The sloppy bao and catfish sandwiches are great variations of your average Vietnamese sandwich, but their classic is also delicious.  I also recommend their pho and spring rolls, but their pork chops are something you can pass on.

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