Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pho Ha Vietnamese Restaurant...Brea, Ca.

Kiko and I had Vietnamese food today for a late lunch. We were in the Brea Shopping Center (Brea, Ca)  and I saw this Pho restaurant called Pho Ha. I yelped it really quick and it has pretty good reviews from people, so we decided to try it. 


For appetizer, we ordered the Spring Roll with peanut sauce. This place makes them really good and I like how they are quite big. It has coked shrimp, lettuce, noodles and thinly sliced pork wrapped like a rice paper like a mini burrito. It sounds a bit weird, but trust me, they are really good!


For drinks, I had Taro Sluchy with Boba, while Kiko had Mocha Slushy with Boba and whipped cream! My Taro Boba had chunks of Taro in it, OMG!!!


I had a regular bowl of Pho with tripe, tendon and brisket. I love the aroma of Pho. The broth was clean, rich and very flavorful and not oily at all. The noodles were cooked nicely too. There was also a good amount of meat in it, which made me really happy.


Of course, I added a lot of basil leaves, bean sprouts, cilantro and jalapenos. Oh and a little bit of siracha and hoisin sauce too.


Kiko had the Pork BBQ with Broken Rice with a side of veggies and soup. He really liked it. He said the meat was cooked very well, very soft and tender.


Pho Ha
Brea Plaza Shopping Ctr
1619 E Imperial Hwy

BreaCA 92823

(714) 255-9899








what is your favorite Vietnamese food?



Monday, April 16, 2012

La Barca Restaurant...Authentic and Fresh-Made Mexican Food

These photos are quite old. I can't believe I forgot to post these awesome drool worthy food photos from La Barca restaurant (Los Angeles, Ca). Kiko's brother and his family took us to this place, and it was just amazing! Just like Mi Lindo Sinaloa, it's authentic and fresh Mexican food. I was talking about it for weeks.

For starters, we had the Queso Fondue with half roasted mushrooms and pork chorizo. So addicting! These photos doesn't do any justice. This stuff is sooo good!


You eat it with their homemade warn corn tortillas! Yum!!!


Complimentary homemade tortilla chips fresh out of the fryer with warm red salsa. Never had warm salsa before. It was good but I think I prefer a cold salsa.


I had their Meat Mocajete. Sorry, I forgot exactly what it was called. It had carne asada, cactus, other vegetables and cheese drowned in a red sauce, which I don't remember what it was made from....Again, sorry! But it was just...Heavenly! Never had anything like it before and I really enjoyed it. Just be careful and don't burn your tongue because it's very, very hot!


Wanna swim in it?




We went for an early dinner on a week day, so it was quite empty. But the restaurant looks beautiful, huh?








I recommend this restaurant if you are craving a good and authentic Mexican food!








Sunday, April 15, 2012

L.A. Street Food: Carne Asada Quesadillas, Chicken Teriyaki, Chicken Fried Rice

Whenever I go shopping at the San Pedro Wholesale Mart in Downtown L.A. Fashion District, I make sure to eat these delicious street food. Quesadillas from a man made food cart possibly without a license and the best chicken teriyaki and chicken fried rice from a food cart with a license ^_^.  I used to get those yummy dirty hotdogs with guacamole, but these are my new favorites.

Carne Asada Quesadilla with cactus, crema and salsa


The best Chicken Terriyaki and Chicken Fried Rice. I forgot the name of their cart, but they have a small spot on the San Pedro Wholesale Mart food court.



What is your favorite street food?




Baked Salmon with My Special Sauce!




Kiko and I visited his brother last week and I helped his wife cook dinner! We cooked my special salmon with rice, mushrooms and broccoli! That disgusting looking yellow thing is the sauce that makes any meats out of this world. Click HERE to see how I used it with chicken.

I figured out how to cook salmon that makes it super moist and flaky. Sear it on a hot pan skin side down for 4 minutes until the skin gets crisp, add the sauce, then bake it in the oven (375 degrees) for 25 minutes to finish cooking.



What's in it?

yellow mustard, rice wine vinegar, dried parsley flakes, minced garlic, salt and pepper.









By the way, Fresh and Easy is my new favorite grocery store. They have the freshest salmon and produce! And it's very affordable.



Thanks for stopping by!





Baked Chicken and Pork Fried Rice



These photos are from last week. I made Baked Chicken and Pork Fried Rice for dinner. I used up left over spicy Italian pork sausages and steamed white rice to make fried rice. It's one of my favorite ways to use up left overs ^_^. I added eggs, peas and carrots. It was very tasty and flavorful! 


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Authentic Korean Dinner!

My friend Grace hooked me up with home cooked Korean food! She's Korean if you must know and I had no idea she can cook lol. She made made this chicken stew thing with potatoes and vegetables and fried tofu with chilies on top. Sorry, I forgot their names. They were all delicious! The chicken was super moist and tender and I couldn't get enough of the fried tofu! Grace, I love you!

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I'm hungry all over again!




Friday, April 6, 2012

Homemade Parmesan Tortilla Chips

It was a bummer that I didn't win the L'Oreal Next Beauty guru contest on Youtube. I was sad, but I quickly got over it and made homemade Parmesan tortilla chips lol. Cooking always makes me feel better. This is an old Giada De Laurentiis recipe that I used to make back in college to use up left over corn tortillas before they go bad. 



It's pretty easy to make.

You need:
  • Left over corn tortillas
  • Olive oil
  • ground oregano
  • parsley flakes
  • salt and pepper
Directions:
  • Combine Olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano and mix.
  • Brush each tortillas with the Olive oil mixture. 
  • Stack 3 at a time and cut into strips. Line them on a baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle Parmesan cheese. 
  • Bake in the oven (375 degrees) for about 25 minutes until it's golden brown and crispy.







It's a great with your favorite dip or snack by itself.

Vanilla Oreo Cupcakes!



I made vanilla cupcakes with oreo icing the other day. It made our entire apartment smell like vanilla.Yum! As always, I used store bought Betty Crocker cup cake mix. It's my favorite brand! It was my first time trying the Oreo Ultimate Icing and it was okay. It was too sweet so I didn't use too much.












I hope you enjoy the photos :)


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