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Ruen Pair - City of Industry

Yes. It looks like the same exact menu. The website for Ruen Pair lists both locations. I didn't order the jerky or salty egg but did notice them at the Industry location.

The broccoli and crispy pork had a little more liquid than I remember but everything else was pretty much the same.

Sep 10, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Ruen Pair - City of Industry

Located next to Noodle House on the NW corner strip mall of Gale and Fullerton. It's the same owners with the same menu as the Ruen Pair in Hollywood.

We ordered some of our old standbys
- papaya salad
- chinese broccoli with crispy pork
- pad see ewe
- fried wontons for the kids

Everything was as good as the original. A real find for people out this way.

Sep 08, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

Thanks for the update. My friend drove by there the other day and thought it was Zamora as well. Definitely on our list to try for lunch soon.

Sep 08, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Marina del Rey recommendations please

You get as many bites of sandwiches with no meat as you do with meat. The pork bahn mi is delicious but very light on pork.

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

The only difference to me is that the Spectrum is bigger and there is less of a wait than DJ.

Sep 02, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Korean food suggestions in Garden Grove/Long Beach area?

The best AYCE Korean BBQ in the area is Cham Sut Gol. It gets crowded on the weekends. Its very good for AYCE.

Ondal 2 is great for spicy crab soup. Make sure you get the fried rice and flour flake dumplings at the end. It is not as good as the one in Koreatown but still worth a trip. Bring a few friends.

Jang Mo Jip for sullangtang and mandu.

Myung In dumplings for the big wang mandu. Best in OC for sure.

Myund Dung for kal gook su. Thats really all they have but the kalbi isn't terrible if you need something else. The kim chee is really good and they refill as much as you want.

B Sweet

We tried the cookies n cream bread pudding after dinner at Sushi Tsujita last weekend. The owners are very nice and generous with samples.

The bread pudding was warm in a chinese takeout container. $1 for a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was Thrifty ice cream they buy in big tubs from
Smart n Final. It was a good dessert but a little on the sweet side. So rich you could really only have a few bites before your blood sugar rises above a safe level.

Aug 30, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Soba Noodles in OC- Tanakaya

Tempura was excellent as was the chicken karage. Both were very delicately and expertly fried. Not greasy at all and piping hot out of the fryer.

I'm not a huge soba fan but the noodles were good.

My only complaint was that the udon contained soba noodles. Maybe this is traditional or maybe I read the menu incorrectly but when I see udon on a menu I was expecting udon noodles. The duck udon was very good apart from the noodle misunderstanding.

Aug 29, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Exotic fruits at any OC FMs?

The Chinese produce stands near Scarborough Farms at the UCI FM always have some interesting items, maybe not exotic but certainly unique. I saw some Chinese yellow seedless watermelons and some melons that you don't find even in a Ranch 99.

Also at the UCI FM I bought a bunch of pink lemonberries. They were pink in color and similar in shape to blueberries but smaller. They were ugly with a lot of dark markings near the top of the berry. Very sweet. I only saw them one week and never again. It was the stand at the corner right across from Baba Bros - the hummus guys.

Aug 29, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Korean Fried Chicken

Very good advice. The best part about the takeout is the precut holes in the takeout containers so the chicken doesn't steam and the chicken maintains the crunch.

Aug 29, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Growlers: does anyone use them in LA?

You have to use duct tape or electrical tape to cover up the name of the different brewery otherwise they cannot fill the growler. It's a silly rule.

Aug 28, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Korean Fried Chicken

The 3 that I have been to were all very consistent. The one we frequent the most is the one in Diamond Bar (technically LA county but just over the line). I only order two types of chicken.

The olive oil fried chicken
Spicy sauceless chicken wings

The Irvine location in Diamond Jamboree frequently forgets to bring out the moo. I go during lunch with non-Asian friends so they don't think we want it but we most certainly do.

Aug 28, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Korean Fried Chicken

+1 to OB Bear, Prince and Kyochon

If you're in the OC try BBQ Chicken.

Aug 28, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

true that

anybody find my daughter's San Diego zoo penny book by any chance?

Aug 27, 2014
js76wisco in San Diego

How do you Spam?

It's gotta be kim chee fried rice with a splash of great pure sesame oil and fried egg.

Aug 27, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Exotic fruits at any OC FMs?

I saw dragon fruit at the UCI FM on Saturday. It was on the end closer to In n Out from the lady who sells avocados.

Aug 26, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Tsujita opens today. How do you think it'll do, w/Kiriko, Mori, Shunji less than 2 miles away?

Went last night and had a great meal. Reservation was for 8:30 and it was much less crowded than I expected on a Saturday night. Sorry I took no pictures. They are currently only offering the $120 omakase option. But they offered a la carte but the entire table would have to order this way.

The cooked items were terrific
- steamed abalone with veggies and broth
- miso glazed sea bass (a much better less sweet version of the Nobu original)
- trio of deep fried asparagus, sockeye salmon and squid noodle with uni
- chicken soup with fragrant

The sushi was great for the most part. There were some pieces flown in from Japan that had great texture but almost no flavor. The best pieces of sushi were pike, amberjack, santa barbara uni and wild alaskan salmon (tasted like toro and the color was closer to red than orange). We requested one hand roll and they gave us toro hand rolls instead of toro - wish they would have chosen a different fish but it was an excellent roll.

The sashimi was good but not some of the pieces had skin left on which was weirdly tough to chew through. The sashimi consisted of 6 pieces - 2 each of mackerel, blue fin tuna and snapper. The snapper was the sashimi which had the tough skin. The cuts on all the fish were very pristene. The sashimi was in big cubes (tuna) and nice cuts for the snapper and mackerel.

Dessert was cantaloup in sweet cold broth and flavored jelly cubes.

Overall a very nice meal. I thought it was a good amount of food for $120 but I could have had more.

Aug 24, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

Thanks. I'm all about quality over quantity.

Aug 20, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

Looks good thanks for the reco. I was just at Carnitas Snack Shack in SD and had some awesome carnitas tacos.

Do you like the salsa and tacos better than El Toro?

Aug 19, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

Without a ton of options in the area the one thing Irvine/Costa Mesa does well is decent fast casual sandwich joints. Each have a few good sandwiches

Wich Which
Jersey Mikes
Capriotti's
Claro's - in Tustin and the deli makes a good sandwich

Aug 19, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

We went today for lunch (Monday). We arrived at 11:50 and there were exactly 12 people ahead of us in line. We ordered at 12:15 and received our first plates around 12:20. Since they have a very small menu it didn't take long for the dishes to come out. It also looked like they have 8 or so people in that kitchen which has to be a fire hazard. We left at 12:40 and the line was 15 people. If anybody finds a San Diego Zoo commemorative penny book please let me know. My 2 year old daughter lost it and we have no idea where it went.

There is much more outdoor seating than you think when you first walk up. We liked the outdoor seating area.

The food was excellent. The carnitas tacos for $7.50 was a steal considering how much meat was in each taco. I felt like this was more pulled pork than taco but splitting hairs. Moist, delicious and porky without being greasy. The guacamole and salsa were a perfect pairing.

My wife loved the beet terrine with goat cheese, radish and frisee. She said it was the best beet salad/appetizer she has ever had. She literally orders a beet dish at almost every restaurant menu we see beets and we've been to a lot of restaurants so take it for what its worth. A nicely composed salad that had a good portion of goat cheese in every bite. Beets alone were delicious.

The burger was a tad over cooked but had great flavors. Not too fussy with a great char on the outside. Still juicy and easy to eat. We enjoyed the cheddar and bacon jam. I didn't notice the aioli for better or worse.

As others have mentioned the fries were just ok. With all the effort they make with their own ketchup and all the other great cooked meat I was kinda expecting some excellent thick cut double cooked fries in duck fat but this is just a shack.

Aug 18, 2014
js76wisco in San Diego
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Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

How are the tacos there? We miss Taqueria 2 guys. Taqueria Zamora has taken its place but not the same type of taco. We like the little street tacos.

Aug 18, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Wheat & Sons at the Anaheim Packing House

Have you had just the rotisserie chicken? I haven't seen the pot pie on the menu when I've went but will certainly order the next time. W&S has the best food in the packing district. The only other consistently good store front is Iron Press. Although it's hard to tell since I only get beer but they have a great rotating selection.

Aug 18, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

XLB in OC?

Do you know how many tables? I assume its pretty large considering the space they're taking over. Did they combine McD and Rain Forest Cafe?

Aug 15, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

XLB in OC?

Thanks. Haven't caught up with Eater today. I'm in SD until Tuesday but will go to DTF for lunch on Wed or Thur and report back on wait times, menu and quality.

Aug 13, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's Deli - Yesterday

Settle in air quotes. The Belcampo cheese burger is as good as advertised. My only complaint is that I had to split it with my wife. it's the best thing I've eaten at GCM.

Aug 12, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Great Porchetta Sandwich at Wheat and Sons (Anaheim Packing District)

The $3 valet is the best thing that happened.

Aug 11, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's Deli - Yesterday

They closed early on Saturday at 4pm. They ran out of food. Had to "settle" for the cheeseburger at Belcampo.

Aug 11, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Should Orange County have their own board?

I concur with OC Steve. I don't think there is quite enough content or commentary for the OC to have their own board yet.

I also don't mind having to search or scroll through all the posts to find OC specific restaurant info. Plus I'd never be able to read through Kevin's posts to get me through the day.

Aug 11, 2014
js76wisco in Site Talk
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Great Porchetta Sandwich at Wheat and Sons (Anaheim Packing District)

The porchetta sandwich at Wheat & Sons was fantastic. It's a different type of porchetta sandwich as the pork is cut much thinner than other versions. Still very moist with good balance of fat and crispy skin. Like mrsjoujou said it had a great porky flavor. It was a well made sandwich with quality ingredients. For $10 it is truly a great sandwich.

My wife who does not like porchetta sandwiches loved this version. She said it was much more well balanced and less fatty. For the record she hates the version at Mozza, Eataly and Porchetta in NYC.

Aug 11, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area