Singapore Noodles

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.

http://noodleworld.com/nw/
It’s only two (!!!) blocks from my new apartment!

Sooo Cali Hot Dog 

On my way to the FYF Festival I stopped off at Dog Haus, a restaurant apparently specializing in hot dogs. 


On this beef hot dog were fried onions, tomato slices, avocados and a spicy basil aioli.

The toasted bun was decent bread. 

It was good, albeit messy. 


I went to the FYF Fest to see MGMT and they put on a good show. I bought a ticket from a scalper for $200. Ouch!

Oyster Po Boy

Oysters are one of my favorite animals to eat. Raw is best, but fried can be very good, too. I was showing a former student around downtown and I suggested Grand Central Market for lunch.


It was delicious and very greasy! I loved it. I love the salty marine flavor of the oysters contrasting with the crunchy batter. The house fried potatoes were served with a red pepper rouille. I couldn’t finish it. 


The seafood stall is now called Prawn. The time I went before it was called Bomb. I’m not sure if the stall was rebranded or was replaced. In any case, the Oyster Po Boy was excellent.

Pork Milanese

I haven’t updated this blog in ages. I have been writing, at least.


In late May I had a job interview which went well as I got that job. After the interview I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which was nearby. 

The cafeteria has good food! This pork cutlet, served with polenta, fried rice (double order of carbs, I know. I was the first customer and I was too hungry to wait for their vegetables to be cooked. There were peas and carrots in the rice) and a lemon butter sauce was the best cafeteria meal I’ve had in many many moons. 

I barely touched the rice, but I devoured the crispy cutlet and the creamy polenta.


The LACMA has a surprisingly good collection. I’d never heard much about it prior, but having visited the place I would highly recommend it. 


What compelled me to go, other than my love of museums was this piece from ancient Bactria, in what is now Afghanistan.


It is 3,500 to 4,000 years old.

There’s a small but interesting collection of antiquities. The impressionist collection is impressive. 

Fried Oyster and Shrimp Po’ Boy 

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.

Papusa con Puerco

This might have been the second time since I’ve had a papusa. A papusa is a flat spongy bread filled with vegetables or meat.

Originally from El Salvador, I’ve been noticing papuserias here and there.


I ordered the papusa with pork and cheese. It was served with salsa and guacamole.

I liked it.

The cucumber mint lemonade was very good.


I went to Manchester, a city near Long Beach for a job interview. 

I saw this odd building across the street from the park where the farmers’ market was located.

Spicy Dry Noodles (干辣面)

I lived for a total of seven years in Asia: one and a half years in Taiwan and five and a half in Singapore. 

Thus, I sometimes crave real Chinese food. Real I mean as Chinese food prepared traditionally by Chinese people for Chinese people. 


The serving was much bigger I would have received in Singapore. I liked the deboned pork ribs, the Sichuan pepper and the pickled vegetables. Except for the huge portion it tasted authentic, like a dish I could get at a stall in the People’s Park Complex in Singapore’s Chinatown. 


I went with my brother. Afterwards we walked over the Pershing Square and I ordered some petits fours at a chocolatier.


The petits fours were very rich and I managed to eat two, a bitter chocolate and a rose lemon flavor.