We received a wonderful cookbook (Quintessential: Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine) from Helga earlier this year, but we hadn’t gotten around to actually cooking from it until now. Wicca used the Pork Ribs Braised in Fish Sauce (Sườn Ram) recipe as a base, then tweaked it to suit her palate. We didn’t really intend to post this as a full recipe at the time, so I don’t have photos of the ingredients, prep, etc, but I hope this will inspire you anyways! Just check out the Instagram posts that I did that night. It was delicious!
Wicca’s tweaked recipe is below. Enjoy!
Continue reading Tweaking a Recipe: Pork Ribs Braised in Fish Sauce (Sườn Ram)
Instagram has been great for me once again. Seems like the more you put in, the more you get out. Last week, I had posted a photo of some sad-looking nachos from Browns Social House where I voiced my displeasure:
Continue reading Pho Nachos: Where Pho meets Nachos
Vietnamese options in Downtown/West End are few and far between. But Denman St. has become a little hotbed (maybe not hotbed exactly…perhaps warmbed) for Vietnamese restaurants with three that I now know of: Cafe Phin (reviewed here), Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro, and today’s pick Chè-licious.
Side note: Baoguette is mildy famous for their salad rolls that contain a full-sized spring roll inside. Check out Maggie’s or Sean’s post. I’ve never tried it myself, but maybe next time I’m on Denman?
Continue reading Lunch Quickie: Vietnamese Eats at Chè-licious on Denman
Cafe Regalade made it’s transition into Linh Cafe last fall, turning it into a French/Vietnamese restaurant. I think we’ve had a pastry or two at Cafe Regalade, but nothing that memorable. I’ve been following Linh Cafe on Instagram, and have been enjoying the photos of their process. We finally had the chance to check them out for lunch last week and were quite pleased with their Northern Vietnamese flavours.
Continue reading Northern Vietnamese Food on the Westside: Linh Cafe on Broadway
A new bánh mì (Vietnamese sub) place opened up on Victoria Drive and 38th Ave called Bánh Mì Saigon (Instagram). They bake their own bread! Now it’s not only Tung Hing and Ba Le that bake their own bread. Tung Hing used to be a favourite but they’ve skimped on fillings over the past decade and I was ready for a new bánh mì go-to place. BMS are even closer to my place than TH, and also conveniently on my bus route home, so fingers crossed!
NOTE: these guys have been selling out before they close at 7pm, so be aware!
Continue reading Trời ơi ngon quá!! OMG so good! — Bánh Mì Saigon on Victoria Drive
After the big Vietnamese blowout during Day 9, we headed to Koreatown for one last evening of decadent beer food.
- Beer Belly (Koreatown)
- Banh Cuon Hai Nam Saigon (San Gabriel)
Continue reading LA Day 9/10 – A Last Hurrah at Possibly the Most Decadent Beer Place in LA, Plus a Final Taste of LA Vietnamese Food
The majority of this day was spent doing Vietnamese stuff in Little Saigon (Westminster/Santa Ana).
- Brodard Chateau (Little Saigon)
- Thach Che Hien Khanh (Little Saigon)
- Asian Garden Mall (Little Saigon)
Continue reading LA Day 9 – All Viet, All the Time
It was a day for family-type stuff and hanging back. We got some much-needed rest in our hotel room in the evening but still had some pretty good eats.
- Ocean Star Restaurant (Monterey Park)
- Qingming Festival at some cemetery
- Saigon Flavor (San Gabriel)
- Boba Ave 8090 (San Gabriel)
- George’s Liquor (San Gabriel)
Continue reading LA Day 7 – Paying Respects and Chilling Out
After learning how to navigate the city with a combination of Google Maps, transit, and Uber/Lyft, we decided to head to Chinatown and take a train towards the southeast.
- Philippe The Original (Chinatown)
- Buu Dien Banh Mi (Chinatown)
- The Bruery (Placentia)
- Garden Cafe (Alhambra)
Continue reading LA Day 6 – A Legendary Sandwich, A Vietnamese Sandwich, Beer Geek Heaven, and Hong Kong-Style Chinese
After shaking off the emotional crap from the previous night, we headed out and did an epic day:
- Quan Ngon Nha Trang (San Gabriel)
- Fugetsu-do Sweet Shop (Little Tokyo)
- Far Bar (Little Tokyo)
- Angel City Brewery (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
- Wurstkuche (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
- Pie Hole (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
- Pizzanista (Arts District)
So in this one day, we were able to pack in Vietnamese noodles, Japanese sweets, German sausages with Belgian fries, American pie, and New York(ish) pizza. We could’ve easily added in Mexican food (of which there are a ton of regional styles available in LA) but surprisingly we didn’t have a drop of during our entire trip because we just couldn’t fit it in.
Continue reading LA Day 4 – A Cross-Cultural Mash-Up of Epic Proportions