west lake beef soup has become one of my chinese ordering mainstays. this version, from new capital seafood in rowland heights is more like the traditional thick gung style while the one at oak tree inn in south pas is lighter and with more spinach. i like both.
and i like eating my soup out of ridiculously small bowls.
my parents were here for the holidays and my mom couldn’t stop buying avocados since they’re so much better and cheaper than on the east coast. i have to say that i make a mean guacamole. but i’ve afraid of fat, even supposed “good fat.”
mi quang and lime soda from ngu binh in westminster, oc. i had to pick up my parents from SNA on a wednesday night so i made lemonade by visiting little saigon.
this was the first time i had mi quang and i am so into it. from gastronomyblog: “turmeric noodles, banana flower, lettuce, beansprouts, shrimp, pork, rice crackers, and herbs, all in a shallow pool of sweet pork broth.” i might never have pho ever again.
my first cooked meal in my new apartment: curry sauteed carrot, cabbage, and spicy italian sausage over rice. i realized that this may be the first time in years when u haven’t had fish sauce to finish a stirfry. i’m useless without my condiments.
moving day weekday lunch at hui tou xiang: an order of pork hui tou and the seaweed salad. with complimentary kimchi. the hui tou were not as good as i had built up in my mind but the seaweed salad was kind of amazing. had enough for leftovers that night.
when i first moved into my new apartment, i had no internet or way of cooking. so on a sunday i went to the south pasadena library for their free wifi and then had a lamb biryani and mango lassi at radhika, a kind of “modern indian” restaurant nearby.
all i have to say is, unless there’s a massive regional difference that i don’t know about, this is not biryani. more like mushy rice with curry sauce stirred in. and the naan was underdone, probably not made in a real tandoor. the mango lassi was good, at least.