Ox Tail Soup

ox tail soup

One of my favorite soups to make for my big family gatherings is Ox Tail soup.  Originally a Chinese soup, I’ve modified this soup a little to make it my own (aka more flavor and all of the ingredients you can find in an American super market).  This soup is packed with flavor in a clean broth style soup.  It has a lot of vegetables and the Ox Tail itself is fall off the bone soft. For this soup you will need the following ingredients.

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Capital Noodle Bar (Irvine, CA)

Hainan Chicken Noodle Soup

Irvine finally got an authentic Cantonese noodle bar!  Capital Noodle Bar recently opened in Irvine, CA in the Target shopping center off Barranca Pkwy and Culver Dr.  My buddy Tony is the head Chef and his food is amazing.  Tony has spent most of his professional career in the fine dining industry, but now he is serving the same high quality food at budget friendly prices.  For those of you that know Cantonese food, you will immediately recognize the classic Hainan Chicken Rice “Hoi Lam Gai Fan” dish.  Tony services Hainan Chicken Rice as well as an amazing Hainan Chicken Noodle Soup (shown above). Continue reading “Capital Noodle Bar (Irvine, CA)” »

Din Tai Fung (Costa Mesa, CA)

Xiao Long Bao

Perhaps the most anticipated Chinese restaurant to open in Orange county for 2014, Din Tai Fung opened a new restaurant in South Coast Plaza earlier this year.  I’ve been wanting to try it out for some time now but every time I tried to go the wait was over 2 hours.  Luckily, I figured out away to enjoy their food without having to wait for 2-3 hours for a table.  The trick is to  Continue reading “Din Tai Fung (Costa Mesa, CA)” »

Honey Jack Peppercorn Pork Chop

honey jack peppercorn pork chop and steamed artichoke

Most of the time when I go grocery shopping I already have a good idea of what I feel like making for the week.  However, every once in a while I will see an ingredient that catches my eye and inspires me to come up with a new dish.  This weekend it happened when I was at Trader Joes.  I saw some beautiful frenched pork chops and I just had to come up with a new way to prepare them.  For last nights dinner I made honey jack peppercorn pork chops served with simply steamed artichoke served with butter. Continue reading “Honey Jack Peppercorn Pork Chop” »

How to breakdown Yellowtail Tuna Hamachi

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Most of us home cooks will probably never breakdown a 3 foot yellowtail tuna in our own home, but since my uncle happen to catch one spear fishing, I figured I would share how to get the job done.

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Chinese Watercress Soup

chinese watercress soup

Recently a new Hong Kong style cafe opened up in Irvine called Tasty Garden which my wife and I have been going to a lot lately.  Although Irvine does have a few decent Chinese restaurants, the selection is very limited so when we found Tasty Garden we were thrilled because they serve the same type of dishes we ate growing up in the San Gabriel Valley area.  One dish in particular brought back some childhood memories, when I ordered their chinese watercress soup I felt like Anton Ego in Ratatouille when he flashed back to his mom making him his favorite dish.  Although Chinese watercress soup wasn’t my favorite dish, the memory of this soup instantly took me back to my childhood days.  After drinking this soup I literally walked over to the 99 Ranch and immediately picked up the ingredients needed to make this soup at home. Continue reading “Chinese Watercress Soup” »

The Attic (Long Beach, CA)

Mac 'N Cheetos

Yes, that is hot Cheetos covering a bowl of delicious Mac ‘N Cheese!  To all of my fellow foodies that love southern style comfort food, you have to try The Attic in Long Beach, CA.  At first then I heard of Mac ‘N Cheetos I initially thought the hot Cheetos would over power the Mac ‘N Cheese, but it doesn’t.  The Cheddar, Mozzarella and Jack cheese along with bacon create a bold flavor that holds up well against the spicy kick of crumbled hot Cheetos. Continue reading “The Attic (Long Beach, CA)” »

Thanh My Restaurant (Westminster, CA)

thanh my restaurant best egg rolls

When I think of Thanh My Restaurant in Westminster, CA I immediately go back to my college days when my lil sis Jennilee and I would do a midnight run to Westminster just to eat the best egg rolls EVER!  Now let me get one thing straight, I am not a big fan of Pho.  Unfortunately, my wife has Pho broth flowing through her veins so I am forced to eat at Pho restaurants on a regular basis.  With that being said, I love the egg rolls at Thanh My Restaurant so much I am willing to eat Pho just so I can have the egg rolls.  On second thought, I will just order two orders of the egg rolls. Continue reading “Thanh My Restaurant (Westminster, CA)” »

Delmonico’s (Las Vegas, NV)

filet mignon

One of my favorite restaurants in Las Vegas has to be Emeril’s Delmonico Steak House at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.  One of these days I plan to visit the original Delmonico’s which is in New Orleans, but for now Las Vegas will have to do.  Although there are other great steak houses in Las Vegas, Delmonico’s is always a good choice to me because not only are their steaks really good, they also have non-steak dishes like duck and their desserts are legendary.  I went for the traditional filet mignon which is always good, but if you like the tenderness of a filet but want more flavor, ask for the filet medallions.  It is off the menu, but they usually have it and I really like the way they prepare it.  Instead of one steak you end up with three little medallions which are seasoned a lot more than the traditional filet mignon. Continue reading “Delmonico’s (Las Vegas, NV)” »

The Playground (Santa Ana, CA)

Cauliflower Nachos

For months now I’ve been hearing great things about The Playground in Santa Ana, CA.  My wife and I finally had a chance to check it out on our date night and I have to say it lived up to the hype.  When you sit down the first thing you will notice is that the menu is printed on a sheet of white paper with the date at the bottom.  This is because their menu changes daily based on what ingredients are fresh.  For those of you that don’t know what it is like to cook professionally, the fact that they change their menu daily acts like a double edged sword.  Implemented correctly and they will be known for the best dishes year round, but on the other hand if they execute this system poorly then they will end up hurting themselves by serving inconsistent quality dishes. Continue reading “The Playground (Santa Ana, CA)” »

Steamed Artichoke

artichoke

When I think of artichoke I always think about a conversation I had with my wife.  One time we were eating artichoke and I made each of us one artichoke so we wouldn’t have to share.  She ate her artichoke so fast by the time she was done I was still only half way through eating mine.  She then gave me the saddest puppy dog eyes ever and asked if she could have some of my artichoke… I lovingly smiled at her and said “babe, I would kill for you or even die for you… but if you touch my artichoke I swear will divorce you so fast you will be single by the time you finished eating it!”   Continue reading “Steamed Artichoke” »

How to select and cut a pineapple

Pineapple

During my honeymoon I was eating fresh pineapple every day in Maui, which was heaven to me because I love pineapple.  However, for many people the only experience they have with pineapple is out of a can, which is heart breaking for true pineapple lovers.  Two weeks ago at work I had an employee ask me how to cut a pineapple.  I explained it in person but I figured it would be best to use pictures to show the process.  I also told her I would explain how to properly pick a pineapple because that was her next question. Continue reading “How to select and cut a pineapple” »

Spaghetti

spaghetti with hot dogs and cauliflower

I can’t believe after years of food blogging I never made my all time favorite childhood dish, spaghetti.  The funny thing about cooking spaghetti is, there are hundreds of ways to make different spaghetti sauces, but there is only one way to make the perfect pasta and that is the most important part of the dish. Continue reading “Spaghetti” »

How to cut a Cantaloupe

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Today less and less people are buying melons whole mainly because of the modern continence in buying pre-cut melons.  If you are looking to eat a melon right now then it makes sense to buy a pre-cut melon, but if you plan to eat your melon over the course of a few days then you really should buy it whole and cut it yourself.  Cut fruit spoils faster than whole fruit and it also costs more. Continue reading “How to cut a Cantaloupe” »

Marché Moderne (South Coast Plaza)

seared scallops

For my 30th birthday my friend and her boyfriend treated my wife and I to Marché Moderne in South Cost Plaza.  I’ve seen this restaurant on Yelp before, but I never ran across it in person until I ate there.  Located on the 3rd floor of South Coast Plaze in the Nordstrom wing, very few people will ever come across this restaurant on accident.   Continue reading “Marché Moderne (South Coast Plaza)” »

Olallieberry Pie

olallieberry pie

My first time eating an Olallieberry Pie, it took me several tries just to pronounce it correctly.  I went to lunch with my boss and his daughter, who was interning for my department at the time and she told me I had to try this pie.  To be honest, I thought she was messing with me when she was telling me the name because I have never heard of an Olallieberry before that day.  Yet, being a food lover herself she guaranteed me that I would love this pie, so I tried it and I have to say it was love at first bite!   Continue reading “Olallieberry Pie” »

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