For the three people who read this blog…huzzah!
Rejoice for I have moved to Hollywood and there are many interesting and inexpensive restaurants around.
It’s close to kway teow, with plenty of bak kwah pork tossed with shrimp and scallions and mung bean sprouts. The shrimp was cooked perfectly. It was one of the best Asian dishes I’ve had in California.
It was very good.
I added all of that chili oil which wasn’t that fiery.
Now I know that los palillos means chopsticks (筷子).
I started off with a huge seaweed salad.
I recommend Noodle World.
It’s only two (!!!) blocks from my new apartment!
Last month I worked at a summer school program and I didn’t take lunch because I had these expectations that this college in Los Angeles would have many ethnic restaurants around.
There was a pizzeria, a sushi restaurant and………..Taco Bell.
It was Taco Bell fused with KFC, so customers could order fried chicken and liquid cheese (no by itself, but as an integral component of many Taco Bell dishes).
Okay, i was in Long Beach and the lunch situation was grim. I didn’t have much time so I went into the Taco Bell-KFC hybrid.
Taco Bell was something I dreamt about during my sojourn in Singapore.
The fantasy version of Taco Bell is much better than the sad truth.
The chalupa sounded promising.
In lieu of a taco shell a fluffy pita-like bread substance was used. The pale iceberg lettuce and tomato chunks made this a healthy lunch.
The meat was the traditional Grade D beef used by Taco Bell chefs for ages.
The jalapeños were the soft olive colored pickled ones that cost $2 for two quarts.
Sadly the cheese wasn’t liquid.
The Doritos taco was pretty good. I devoured it before I even thought about blogging this elegant repast.
Adding to the ambience were dirty tables and filthy floors.
Last week I met up with a former student of mine from China who is studying in Singapore.
I took him to the Grand Central Market, which is, to the best of my knowledge, the best food court in Los Angeles.
The bread was crunchy and the pickled cabbage and the aioli provided a sweet and sour contrast to the crunchy, salty oysters and meaty shrimp.
The house fries with rouille were very good.
Prawn is the name of the seafood stall. I think it changed its name or it replaced another seafood stall called The Bomb, or something like that.
The sandwich was delicious, but so rich and greasy I could not finish it.
At one time in my life I thought In N Out was the Alpha and Omega of fast food burgers. At one time I guess it has. But the burger Renaissance which began about a decade ago, has left In N Out behind. Don’t get me wrong- it’s much better than Wendy’s or McDonald’s or Burger King.
But Five Guys is better.
The bun is light, similar to challah or a brioche. It was not greasy at all and I could have easily eaten two of them. Vegetables are an afterthought and the thin leaf of lettuce was sad.
The fries were too dry.
It’s over between me and In N Out. I’ve moved on to better cheeseburgers.
A few weeks ago I found myself in Carpintería, California.
Since The Spot appeared to be a local institution, lunch there would mr the most blogworthy, I reckoned.
It was a decently cooked cheeseburger served with romaine lettuce, a slice of tomato, ketchup and mustard. I believe there were pickles in the sandwich, of the sour variety. The patty had a nice char on it. The bun was toasted perfectly.
They had a minimalist condiment bar and I availed myself of sport peppers, the provenance of the name both eluded me then and now.
The people at Pie Hole know their pies! I’m not exaggerating how good these pies are. I love desserts made with eggs and I really liked this one.
A strong maple syrup flavor permeated the smooth custard. It was executed perfectly. Pie Hole is located on Hollywood near Vine.
Del Taco is a fast food chain of Mexican restaurants. It’s definitely better than Taco Bell. However, they don’t serve carnitas en salsa grande, so Del Taco will never make into the upper echelon of favorite Mexican restaurants.
That was just too much food for one person. I don’t know if they made the refríed beans with lard, but they were smooth. The shredded cabbage was fresh and crisp and complemented the fried fish. The tortillas were fresh and the hot sauce is genuinely spicy.