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Favorite foodie ethnic neighborhoods?

What are some of your favorite ethnic neighborhoods/towns/regions for awesome eats?

I'm planning to really explore the different cultures in Los Angeles, and what best way to learn about a culture than through its food? I've been living in L.A. for two+ years and I still don't know much about areas other than downtown and Koreatown because I didn't have a car. Now that I do, I can't wait to explore this great city!

Jul 10, 2011
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Downtown dinner

I recommend The Spice Table. It's a Singaporean eatery in Little Tokyo. Casual, small place with truly flavorful food.

It's new so is a bit crowded but perhaps it won't be so packed after a few months. I recommend making reservations though.

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Little Tokyo Restaurant
150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

The Spice Table
114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Apr 11, 2011
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Ethnic bakeries?

Anyone know of a good and interesting ethnic bakery around Los Angeles, preferably closer to the downtown area?

Aug 28, 2010
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Planning Itinerary for Hong Kong

Wow, perfect! Thank you very much! :-)

May 04, 2010
burp_excuzme in China & Southeast Asia

Planning Itinerary for Hong Kong

I'm going to Hong Kong for 5 days from Singapore, during May 18-22 with a friend of mine. We're both young college-age females who really go to HK for the pleasure of eating, shopping, and hanging out together since we have not seen each other for years (I'm visiting Singapore from USA).

Since neither of us are familiar with Hong Kong and its cuisine (except for the fact that it has good dim sum and seafood), would someone please help us plan a foodie itinerary? I think we'll most likely be staying in TST, Kowloon. We'd love to do a fair amount of walking (to burn all the food we're gonna eat and work up the appetite!), and stick to good and cheap food that is authentic to Hong Kong. Since we're coming from Singapore, we are not interested in other cuisines like Indian or Thai or Korean, though we do have a bit of a weak spot for Japanese cuisine. Fusion food is fine, too, as long as it has some "Hong Kong" touch to it (whatever that means).

Basically, I am looking for good and cheap dim sum, Cantonese cuisine, seafood, noodles, snacks, street food, etc, though I think we can afford at least 1-2 pricier meals. Any suggestions on where to go and what to do would be much appreciated as well!

Oh, and I HATE hot pot, so none of that please..:-)

Thank you! :)

May 02, 2010
burp_excuzme in China & Southeast Asia

L.A Food Truck Phenomenon: Any Recs?

Calbi BBQ: Not worth it. Puny tacos. Didn't see anything really "Korean" about it.
Nom-nom Truck: Pretty good! almost a foot sandwich for $4.
Gastrobus: Lovely! Their fries and pork sandwich is the best. And they change their menu daily according to the farmers' market. Loves their organic stuff. Very friendly people, too. Just a man and his wife, doing business together.

Nov 30, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2009

I've never really had much + $25 meals, so here's my under-$25:

- Umami Burger
- Mendocino Farms
- Mr Pizza Factory
- Langer's
- In-N-Out

Nov 22, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2009

Ack! I'm not sure about the Singapore Banana Leaf...it was worse than mediocre to me. Having lived in Singapore for 11 years, I was thoroughly disappointed!

Nov 22, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Oh my Congee...

Where to get good congee? Especially those with century eggs...anybody know?
I live close to downtown, so preferably someplace in the vicinity...

Nov 21, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

looking for dried figs in LA area

I get mine at the Grand Central Market in downtown.

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Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Nov 14, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Good soup?

Downtown LA sucks...Seriously, why is it so hard to find a simple decent soup?

Nov 14, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Good soup?

Oh yes! Mendocino Farms. I've been eyeing that place for awhile, and was wondering if it was any good. Thanks for your rec!

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Mendocino Farms
300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Nov 01, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Good soup?

So, I used to be so spoiled. I lived walking distance to 3 Paneras back home in VA. Now I'm in downtown LA, and I can't find a Panera that is close enough, and I really miss their amazing soup and bread. I know it's a chain restaurant, but they do pretty good soups, and I can't find a good hearty, crusty baguette anywhere.

Anyone know restaurants around the downtown area that sells affordable and good soups for the colder season? Preferably with good bread, too!

Oct 31, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Help me Choose please?!!

Thanks!! I ended up going to Newsroom in Beverly Blv. I really wanted the artichokes, but they were HELL EXPENSIVE!
I got the chicken tandoori sandwich. Note to those who were fooled by the lovely description of that sandwich: DON'T get it. It sucks. The bread is dry, the chicken is tough and overcooked and tasteless, and the whole thing just had nothing "tandoori" about it. I got so thirsty and had to gulp down water. It's pricey, too, at $11.95. I felt like I was being robbed in daylight.

One of my friends got the blue corn pancake, which was pretty good, but could use a bit more of that gritty corn texture. It wasn't bad, but not worth its price, or the trip to Newsroom. My other friend got the lil' egg steamer, egg white style (not my choice!). Needless to say, that was nothing special as well.

Conclusion: I will not visit. Ever again, unless I'm on a diet, which isn't likely at all.

Oct 31, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Help me Choose please?!!

It's my birthday soon, and my friends and I are debating between Bulan Thai and Newsroom Cafe. One of my friends is a vegetarian, thus there are abundant veggie options in both restaurants. I know they are two totally different restaurants, but have anyone been to either? Which would you choose? Please help!

Oct 27, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Best Chinese downtown?

Wow! I looked up on the menu, and they've got an extensive menu for noodles! Cool! Thank you!

Oct 27, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Pumpkin everything....That time of the year!

I second Zucca. It's amazing stuff.

Oct 25, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Best Chinese downtown?

Anybody know of a great authentic Chinese restaurant around the downtown area? I'm specifically looking for great dumplings, and also a kind of pan-fried noodles that I once had at the famous Joe's Shanghai in Flushing, NY. The noodles were thin and golden and crispy, but when drenched in this dark sauce, becomes soft and pliable.

I'm not interested in American-Chinese food, or boring common items like General Tsao or kung pao chicken. I want authentic Chinese food, the kind that brings back nostalgia to one who was brought up eating Chinese food!

Thanks! :-)

Oct 25, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Best buck for bento around downtown?

Anybody know of a good Japanese restaurant that sells reasonably-priced bento? I'm a USC student so I can't travel far, but is there any around the downtown area?

Oct 03, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Cooking classes in LA?

thanks so much! :D

Sep 30, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Cooking classes in LA?

Hey!
I'm wondering if there are private cooking classes around in LA. I know Patina Restaurant Groups has one in select restaurants, because last Saturday I went for a cooking class with the executive chef of Zucca. If you ever want an unforgettable experience, I highly recommend. I had the most wonderful time, and the chef was open to any dishes you wanted to learn to make.

But anyway. Does anyone know if any other restaurants has such offers?

Sep 29, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Banana Leaf

Hahaaha, OF COURSE I'll get really spicy! As I said, I grew up in Singapore, so most "spicy" dishes just don't cut it for me ;-)

Sep 29, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Italian food in Los Angeles?

What about Zucca Ristorante in downtown LA? I've had a cooking class from the chef and he's from Venice, Italy. I love their Insalata Caprese and their signature pumpkin tortelloni.

Sep 27, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Banana Leaf

Anyone ever been to Banana Leaf at the Grove? I heard such mixed reviews about it that I'm confused. Some say it's authentic, some say it's not, some rave about the service, others say it was crap. Anyone been there recently and can let me know how their experience was? I grew up in Singapore, so I definitely know my Singaporean food. I just want to be prepared before I visit this Saturday with two of my white friends, lol.

Sep 27, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Squash Blossoms - not fried or boring

How exactly do you stuff them? Will the delicate petals hold the filling? how much filling would fit into a single blossom?

Sep 20, 2009
burp_excuzme in Home Cooking

Squash Blossoms - not fried or boring

Wow. Those recipes sound fantastic!

Sep 20, 2009
burp_excuzme in Home Cooking

The best steamed dumplings around downtown LA?

I'm seriously craving some good dumplings. Xiao long baos, or har gows, or any type of dumplings, even pierogis. Anybody know if there's a good dumpling place in the downtown area?

Sep 17, 2009
burp_excuzme in Los Angeles Area

Squash Blossoms - not fried or boring

I keep seeing this pile of beautiful squash blossoms at my local grocery store and am tempted to buy it, but chicken out every time. I have been looking up for recipes and the only recipes I could find were fried or kinda boring like a simple frittata. Any other ideas that doesn't involve frying? What is your favorite way to eat squash blossoms?

Sep 17, 2009
burp_excuzme in Home Cooking

Beer-based recipes?

I once made beer bread with Parmesan cheese and sausages and fresh herbs. Delish!

Sep 17, 2009
burp_excuzme in Home Cooking

what type of mayo to use for spicy tuna handrolls?

Try the Japanese mayo, called Kewpie. You should be able to find it in Asian grocery stores.

Sep 17, 2009
burp_excuzme in Home Cooking