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LA FOODIE PANDA

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Welcome to Eating Out with LA Foodie Panda, another food blog here for you to explore. Just a lover of food who enjoys sharing his experiences. I am not an expert. I just share my point of view of my overall experience as a consumer. Read on, and enjoy.

 

Hunan Restaurant 湖南少官 in Rowland Heights, CA

Hunan Restaurant 湖南少官 in Rowland Heights, CA One of two locations (the other being in Monterey Park) serving up reasonably priced Hunan dishes.  Dishes that were made with a combination of dried red chiles and fresh green chiles offered a nice spicy kick to them.  The only dish we didn’t enjoy was the steamed tilapia.  Tilapia is a bottom dweller in the ocean.  Because of its diet, it is one of the reasons tilapia can have a muddy flavor to the meat. Service was decent, and t

Yunnan & Sichuan Dishes at Yunnan Restaurant 雲南過橋園 in Monterey Park, CA

Yunnan & Sichuan Dishes at Yunnan Restaurant 雲南過橋園 in Monterey Park, CA When eating Chinese food in the San Gabriel Valley of Greater Los Angeles, there are only a few Chinese restaurants that specialize Yunnan cuisine.  It’s probably not easy to offer considering it’s province of China that features over dozens and dozens of minority ethnic groups, such as the Miao, Dai and Bai peoples, and many of the dishes are made with regional ingredients we most likely don’t have in th

Dim Sum Dinner at Lunasia Chinese Cuisine 金凱旋宮 in Alhambra, CA

Dim Sum Dinner at Lunasia Chinese Cuisine 金凱旋宮 in Alhambra These days, if you can’t make it for a dim sum brunch early weekend hours, then having dim sum for dinner is becoming a more and more of an option here in the Greater Los Angeles area. Lunasia’s current dim sum menu offers the traditional items as well as some fancier dim sum dishes such as the Scallop Dumplings with Squid Ink Wrap, Baked Abalone Tarts, and the Pan Fried Pork Bun with added Crab Meat.  While we loved

Kosher Tunisian Wine Dinner at Harissa with Wine Pairing by Covenant Wines

Kosher Tunisian Wine Dinner at Harissa with Wine Pairing by Covenant Wines Chef Alain Cohen first opened Got Kosher? in 2009, which offered a menu of kosher North African dishes.  It has been a hit since.  This year, he changed the name of the restaurant to Harissa, and with it came a new menu, with popular Tunisian dishes prepared kosher using French techniques, as well as a nod from French cuisine, to elevate those dishes in both presentation and taste. What you end up with

Tasting at Chef Dave Beran’s Dialogue Restaurant

Tasting at Chef Dave Beran’s Dialogue Restaurant Dined here on September 13, 2017, but was just a tad to “out of it” to be in the mood to post about this 20+ course tasting.  Having started a new job in Santa Monica, it was easy for me to head over to Dialogue for tasting or Uovo for a pasta dinner, but with schools back in session, it was difficult to adjust to the 100 minute average drive to and from work (100 minutes, each way, that is). Nevertheless, I was excited to try

My Last Call at Michael Voltaggio’s ink

My Last Call at Michael Voltaggio’s ink There was so much anticipation back in 2011 when it was announced that the new winner of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef,” Michael Voltaggio was opening his first restaurant on Melrose Avenue.  When it finally opened in September 2011, I dined there at least 3 times in the month of October, with 3 different groups of friends, and we all admired and enjoyed his style of cuisine, utilizing molecular gastronomy and new techniques (he was a fan of uti

Knife Cut Noodling at Shanxi Noodle House in City of Industry

Knife Cut Noodling at Shanxi Noodle House in City of Industry In the East San Gabriel Valley, more and more Asian restaurants are popping up all over from La Puente to Walnut, and from Northern Chinese cuisine to Burmese.  Shanxi Noodle House isn’t a newcomer.  They’ve been in business for over about 2 years now, only having been discovered by me, when a friend and I needed to find a place to grab a bite while on our way home from checking out the superblooms along the 15 Fre

Korean Royal Cuisine Progression Dinner at Yong Su San

Korean Royal Cuisine Progression Dinner at Yong Su San I’ve heard from some that these progression dinners, aka Royal Cuisine, are more common in North Korea these days than in the South.  Not sure how true that is.  Multi-course meal served family style, in a formal setting, but not as grand and spectacular as one would see at a Chinese banquet dinner.  Nevertheless, it is an interesting experience to partake in at least once. The dinners are not cheap (about $40 and up per

SHUTTERED: Modern Mexican Cuisine by Chef Diego Hernandez at Verlaine

SHUTTERED:  Modern Mexican Cuisine by Chef Diego Hernandez at Verlaine Dinner with friends back on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  Modern Mexican cuisine is finally making a footprint in the LA dining scene.  Chef Diego Hernandez has a critically acclaimed restaurant south of the border in Ensenada, Baja California, before opening up a restaurant in San Diego.  Now, he brings his culinary expertise to LA, and what we got to share was an array of refined, beautifully plated dishes

SHUTTERED: Bites at Superbite in Portland (PDX)

SHUTTERED: Bites at Superbite in Portland (PDX) This was where I had my first meal in Portland, when I arrived on May 4, 2017, for a week long getaway visiting the Pacific Northwest.  I chose Superbite after reading some good press on them, not realizing that chefs and owners, Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, were nominated for a James Beard award and finally won (after having lost in 2015 and 2016) the award for best Pacific Northwest Chef. After studying the menu,

Dinner at Commerson in Miracle Mile

Dinner at Commerson in Miracle Mile Having read that Sascha Lyon, formerly of “Baltazar” and “Dauphine,” was manning the kitchen here at Commerson, I decided that a visit is in order here.  Located at the northeast corner of La Brea Avenue and 8th Street in the Miracle Mile area, I had no expectations here. However, with their tremendously attentive and accommodating service, we were able to drop our guard and enjoy what was being offered by Commerson. And what they offered w

Celebrating My 50th at 3 Michelin Starred “Quince”

Celebrating My 50th at 3 Michelin Starred “Quince” I discovered Quince a few years back when I was doing research, planning for a wine trip with a few friends.  Quince never made it to the final itinerary, so I bookmarked them for a future trip. Cut to October 2016, when the new Michelin ratings were published.  Quince gained their third Michelin star.  Quite a huge accomplishment, which placed them in a list with other SF Bay Area 3 Michelin starred restaurants which include

Dim Sum at SF’s Dragon Beaux

Dim Sum at SF’s Dragon Beaux Owners of the very popular dim sum palace, Koi Palace, opened up Dragon Beaux in the Richmond District 2 years ago, and it’s still running strong. What sets many of the popular dim sum palaces in San Franciso apart from those in Los Angeles is the fact that they (SF) serve an array of dim sum items that are unique to them and Koi Palace. One example would be the Five Guys Xiao Long Bao (which was really a serving of 5 xiao long bao (aka Soup Dumpl

Soft-Opening: Chef’s Tasting Menu at Chengdu Impression

I read about Chengdu Impression’s soft-opening on EaterLA.com.  Chengdu Impression (not to be confused with Chicago’s Chengdu Impression, which is unrelated) is a restaurant chain in China, that, like Meizhou Dongpo and Hai Di Lao, has opened its first location in the United States.  CI is known for being a more upscale Sichuan restaurant, providing an elegant and tastefully designed and decorated space for diners to enjoy elevated versions of Sichuan favorites such as Kung P

Cantonese Style Banquet Dinner at King Hua Restaurant Celebrating My 50th

I organized 12-course Cantonese style banquet dinner to celebrate my big 5-0 with friends earlier this month, and I chose King Hua Restaurant in Alhambra because I enjoyed the food and the service in my previous visits to the restaurant both for similar dinners, as well as during dim sum. While the service was very attentive, and the servers were extremely helpful in serving the 3 different cakes at the of the banquet, I found the preparations of many of the courses could hav

Modern Indonesian Fusion and Bone Broth Noodle Soups at Bone Kettle

Modern Indonesian Fusion and Bone Broth Noodle Soups at Bone Kettle Nicely plated dishes that tasted lovely, but nothing special.  The bone broth soup with noodles was good, but it was just too much of a production for a bowl of bone broth that was poured over a batch of ramen egg noodles. Complimentary Roasted Peanuts and Pickled Shredded Palm Root Gado Gado – Indonesian fried rice cake salad tossed with creamy tamarind-peanut sauce Short Rib Rendang – Indonesian curry, frie

Jordan Kahn’s Destroyer in Culver City

The chef at the former and highly touted Red Medicine in Beverly Hills.  Red Medicine’s menu featured Vietnamese-fusion dishes.  However, Chef Kahn’s tasting menu at the Red Medicine was a totally different dining experience.  Featuring ingredients he foraged from the LA coastline and from the Santa Monica Mountains, he created very imaginative and delicious dishes that seemed to have been inspired by Noma’s Rene Redzepi. At Destroyer, he seemed to be able to continue his app

 

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