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Hong Kong - Thai and Chiu Chow food

perfect its very local, so being able to speak and read makes things a world easier

definitely try it though, its a very good restaurant. their lo sui goose is the best ive ever had

Jul 02, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia

Date spot - west LA?

ended up going to Hinoki, i enjoyed it and i liked the actual venue alot. Great rec thanks guys!

Jul 01, 2015
Lau in Los Angeles Area
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Tempura Matsui

whoa!

Jul 01, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Singapore - Modern-Nyonya cuisine at Candlenut, Dorsett Residences (Outram Park)

i think the price thing is a problem as is the grandfathered rent some of the older hawkers have. why would you want to be a hawker if you're a young guy if u have to charge these really low prices? plus some older hawker has a lower cost structure than u bc of some grandfathered rent

kills the hawker scene long term

Jul 01, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia
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Singapore - Modern-Nyonya cuisine at Candlenut, Dorsett Residences (Outram Park)

hahaha

they also like to complain online about the price when a dish is $1 more than other places

Jul 01, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia
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Hong Kong - Thai and Chiu Chow food

i really like tak kee for chiu chow, i'd highly recommend coming here. The one thing is that i'm not sure they have an english menu (someone told me they do though), what you can do is a) look at my post and b) look at the openrice.com/english pics and copy and paste the characters you like into an email and just show it to them
http://www.lauhound.com/tak-kee-chiu-...

Hung's has moved, but here's my review of their original location
http://www.lauhound.com/hungs-delicac...

Jun 30, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia
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Date spot - west LA?

that looks cool :)

Jun 29, 2015
Lau in Los Angeles Area

Date spot - west LA?

thx!

Jun 26, 2015
Lau in Los Angeles Area

Date spot - west LA?

thanks

Jun 26, 2015
Lau in Los Angeles Area

[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Imperial Hue lunch at Quán Ruốc

none of those things bother me at all. also with street food, its 99% of the time water. food is food no matter where you go and if you don't cook it properly you may get sick. water however is a different story as it tends to be much much dangerous in less developed countries.

last time i was in india for a month i didn't get sick solely bc i was hyper careful with the water. my friend who's from india was shocked (he got sick immediately but thats bc he was way less careful with the water) and we ate on the street for every meal the last week to test my theory haha

also, singapore taught me to deal with heat / humidity. my dorm room at NTU cost $40 USD per month (my dad was so happy bc it was so much cheaper than my NYU housing), but it had no AC so i lived with no AC when i lived in singapore!! haha

Jun 26, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia
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[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Saigon Breakfast 1: Cơm tấm (broken rice with meats)

this is their only restaurant now, but in the past they had been in the vietnamese restaurant business

its interesting how much chinese influence you see in some vietnamese food, i started noticing it many years ago when i was really trying to try every place in little saigon. i can never get enough vietnamese food, such a great cuisine

Jun 26, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia

Date spot - west LA?

ok great, i wish i actually had more time in LA to eat, but this is mainly for work this time even though im going to be in LA for a while

Jun 25, 2015
Lau in Los Angeles Area

[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Imperial Hue lunch at Quán Ruốc

vietnam is high on my list of places to go to next time im in asia, the food is the type of stuff i can eat everyday which is kind of how i judge how much i really like a cuisine

Jun 25, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia

Date spot - west LA?

thx!

Jun 25, 2015
Lau in Los Angeles Area

Date spot - west LA?

yah i have a car, i dont mind driving a bit, so throw some stuff out there and i can always decide if its too far

Thx!

Jun 25, 2015
Lau in Los Angeles Area

Date spot - west LA?

will be a weekday monday-thurs

Jun 25, 2015
Lau in Los Angeles Area

[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Saigon Breakfast 1: Cơm tấm (broken rice with meats)

Dat Thanh is actually an interesting story, the owner is a 1st generation vietnamese guy and is the son of a guy who owned vietnamese restaurants in little saigon (and i believe in vietnam as well) and he cooked at some higher end restaurants in orange county, but decided he wanted to go back to his roots so him and his dad started the restaurant. very nice talkative guy if you're ever in OC. It's one of my favorite restaurants in CA, he really takes pride in his food (i like it much better than brodard!)

Jun 25, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia
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Wei Lu 圍爐酸菜白肉火鍋 – Amazing Hot Pot in Taipei

this is getting off topic but "As far as i know, Chinese dialects such as Hokkien, Teochew, etc were never a medium of instruction in any government school." well yes this is true bc lee kuan yew founded singapore so therefore his policies have effectively been the only policies since the 60s basically

Jun 25, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia

Date spot - west LA?

Hey guys - I'm coming in from NY for a bit, I'm staying close to century city for work. What's a decent date spot? nothing crazy fancy, something cool and cozy.

Thanks!

Jun 25, 2015
Lau in Los Angeles Area

[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Saigon Breakfast 1: Cơm tấm (broken rice with meats)

the texture of good com tam is out of this world, i love it

this is my go to spot in CA, its really really good: http://www.lauhound.com/dat-thanh-rev...

Jun 25, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia
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Best fried rice

i think it's easy to have that reputation bc technically anyone can make fried rice. however, like ipsedixit said its deceptive bc the reality is that no one in their home has a wok fire hot enough to properly make it and on top of that it takes some chef skills to properly smoke the rice so it gets that wok hei flavor. if you've ever had a really good fried rice, it will completely change your opinion on fried rice bc its so much better

Jun 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Imperial Hue lunch at Quán Ruốc

omg this looks amazing!!

vietnamese food is my 2nd favorite food in the world for sure

Jun 24, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia
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Best fried rice

fried rice is actually kind of hard to get right, it takes a bit of skill to get the right wok hei. Really good fried rice is light, airy and has that amazing wok hei smoky flavor. its kind of amazing

Jun 24, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Wei Lu 圍爐酸菜白肉火鍋 – Amazing Hot Pot in Taipei

ah thanks for the info. def give this place a try K K, I really really liked it

also, you're right about pork in taipei, i had some really good quality pork dishes were you could really taste the flavor of the pork

Jun 24, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia

Wei Lu 圍爐酸菜白肉火鍋 – Amazing Hot Pot in Taipei

"That wiki article also state that, for decades, the medium of instruction in Singapore schools is bilingual, ie English and ‘mother tongue’"

thats not right really, so there were several different types of chinese in singapore (mainly hokkien and teochew and to a lesser extent cantonese, hakka, hainanese etc). originally, they all spoke different dialects most of which are not mutually intelligible.

lee kuan yew realized this was a problem and he made mandarin the lingua franca for chinese. there are four official languages in singpaore: english, mandarin, malay and tamil. so in schools everyone is taught english and mandarin chinese. he actually changed it so that people did not officially learn their dialect (although clearly pepole spoke it at home).

alot of younger singaporeans do not speak or do not speak their original dialect well. you hear mandarin spoken amongst most younger singaporean chinese and english as well. amongst older generations (alot of hawkers for example) you will still hear the dialects (mainly hokkien and teochew)

Jun 24, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia

Hot Kitchen East Village's incredible xiang la (fragrant and hot) crawfish

thanks ill give it a whirl again

Jun 24, 2015
Lau in Manhattan
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Hot Kitchen East Village's incredible xiang la (fragrant and hot) crawfish

wow very interesting, what else did u like?

ive been pretty underwhelmed by that place, which is why didnt write about it

Jun 23, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] "Bánh mì Op La" from Hòa Mã

looks amazing

Jun 22, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia
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[Singapore] Teochew Kueh Selection from Tiong Bahru

the singapore one looks interesting, do they pan fry them as well?

i haven't had nian gao in a while, I'll make it a point to pan fry some up at new years next year. Those other gao aren't really nian gao per se, they're just typical dim sum items

Jun 19, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia

[Singapore] Teochew Kueh Selection from Tiong Bahru

ure talking about the sweet brown nian gao that u pan fry right?

Jun 18, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia