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New Website URL June 17, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — PK @ 2:02 pm

Hi guys…so I decide to get my own domain name and move all my post to a webhost now. My new URL is

http://FollowPK.com

 

Quality Seafood June 15, 2009

Filed under: Misc — PK @ 11:30 pm
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It’s been over 8 years since I last visit Redondo Beach, things has changed but not too much. I was invited to join a few bloggers for fresh live sea urchin (uni), yes you heard me right, LIVE!! At first I thought it was $6 each piece, but when I got there, I found out it’s $6.99/lb.
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I was surprised to find a seafood market in Redondo Beach, I didn’t even know such place exist! I always been eating around the restaurant at the pier and never venture down here. You can find all sort of fresh seafood down here, starting from clams, shrimps, crawfishs, oysters, crabs…and fish. But what’s so interesting is that you can also find sea urchin here as well. Which was the reason we came here for.
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So what you do is first ask them to pick a sea urchin for you, tell them you want a small one or big one..etc. I ask the guy to pick a big one for me, and he sure did pick a REALLY big one for me. My was the biggest among all the other sea urchin that he pick for my friends.

weighting the sea urchin

Weighting the sea urchin

My was heavy...

My was heavy...

Cleaning out all the craps inside

Cleaning all the craps inside

Washing it..

Washing it..

Ready to serve

Ready to serve

It bleed....omg...

It bleed....omg...


It’s still moving after they clean the internal….


My uni is very strong.. still moving after I ate half of it

I would suggest bring a bottle of water to wash the sea urchin a little bit since it was roughly clean and wash with tap water. Those fresh sea urchin actually were very light in taste, not flavorful like those serve in the restaurant. But it was still a very interesting experience eating sea urchin live by the pier. If you never been there before, it’s your chance to come try it out. They also have many other seafood here that they can steam and peel for you. But if you want it to be steam, you might need to wait for 20-30 mins.

 

Scores
* Taste: 4 out of 5
* Decor: 2 out of 5
* Service: 4 out of 5
* Price: $$

 

Quality Seafood
130 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 372-6408

 

The Donut Man June 14, 2009

Filed under: Bakery — PK @ 10:40 pm
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Finally, after reading and hearing so much raving reviews about the infamous The Donut Man, today I get to go and pick up some strawberry donuts for a birthday party.

Donut Man Store Front

Donut Man Store Front

I was pretty excited that I finally had a reason to drive to Glendora for some strawberry donuts. Strawberry donuts are $2.75 each and they are pretty huge..and they taste just right amount the sweetness. But you probably need to eat a couple strawberry first before you can take a bite of the donut.

Mmmmmm...yum

Mmmmmm...yum

Box

Box

Look at how much strawberries in one single donut

Look at how much strawberries in one single donut

Fresh fresh strawberries

Fresh fresh strawberries

Is it worth it for the long drive? My answer is “Yes”, especially seeing the look on my friends and the kids…it’s totally worth it. =)

 

Scores
* Taste: 4 out of 5
* Decor: 2 out of 5
* Service: 4 out of 5
* Price: $
* Warning: Cash Only

 

The Donut Man
915 E Route 66
Glendora, CA 91740
(626) 335-9111

 

Luc Dỉnh Ký Restaurant

Filed under: Vietnamese — PK @ 10:08 pm
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After 3 hours of spa, we decide to eat something “healthy”, and came here for their Salmon with Grilled Rice (Com Nuong Ca Salmon – $8.25). The recent new finding of grilled rice became my new favorite lately. This Vietnamese restaurant actually specializing in com tay cam (hot pot), but we never order them before. As usual, the restaurant has a wait, but we were lucky since there’s only one party in front of us. But as soon as we get seated, the line got longer and longer.

Luc Dinh Ky Store Front

Luc Dinh Ky Store Front

They have this refreshing drink (chrysanthemum tea) that is free with every order. It’s actually bottled and available at local Asian supermarket. I think the taste is a little bit light, probably water down but it’s free, so I can’t be really that picky.

Free drink

Free drink

Luc Dinh Ky Menu

Luc Dinh Ky Menu

Last time we ordered House special Chow Fun and French style beef steak with grilled rice..both weren’t good at all, and we noticed most of the table order Salmon with grilled rice and some soup bowl. Because of previous experiences, we both decide to order the grilled rice with salmon and I ordered another wonton soup to share b/c I feel like some hot soup to warm up my tummy. The salmon was very good, just the way I remembered from last time, soup base for the wonton was very plain but the wonton was pretty good.

Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup

Salmon wiht grilled rice

Salmon wiht grilled rice

grilled rice - it was a littl burned but still good

grilled rice - it was a littl burned but still good

salmon...yummmmm

salmon...yummmmm

Service here is not very great, well…don’t expect good service at most of the Asian own restaurant. It took us awhile to get someone’s attention to refill our water and drinks. But I really felt sad for the table next to us. There were 3 white guys sitting there but they didn’t know it was cash only restaurant so two of the guy left to look for ATM while the other guy was there as collateral. The waiter clean the table off and put a reserved sign on the table…I know they really want to kick him out but technically they can’t b/c they haven’t paid yet. =P On the way back home, I also saw another Lục Đỉnh Ký like 1 or 2 blocks away!! I guess if it get packed next time, I’ll try another location.

 

Scores
* Taste: 3 out of 5
* Decor: 2 out of 5
* Service: 2 out of 5
* Price: $
* Warning: Cash Only

 

Luc Dỉnh Ký Restaurant
9812 Bolsa Ave Ste 100
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 839-6813

 

IncheonWon BBQ House June 12, 2009

Filed under: Korean — PK @ 10:59 pm
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My gf left me a message on my FB few days ago and ask if I want to hang out..her hang out usually means “eating”. Since I been so good trying to go to my yoga after day after my work, I thought I should reward myself with my favorite KBBQ..not just regular KBBQ, but AYCE (All You Can Eat). So I commented on her message and mention that I’ll only hang out w/ her if we go for KBBQ, since I’ve been craving for it.

IncheonWon Store Front

IncheonWon Store Front

The store is located on Brookhurst St. about three blocks north from Trask Ave. in a little strip mall on the right side. The restaurant seem to be fairly new and pretty clean. Service was very good each time we go. They have two choices for AYCE, $16.99 and 19.99. The only difference is $19.99 serve big chunk of Kalbi instead of the cubed Kalbi.

IncheonWon Menu

IncheonWon Menu

Inside of the Restaurant

Inside of the Restaurant

AYCE usually includes chadol, kalbi, tongue, bulgogi, chicken, tripe, pork belly, intestines, soybean paste stew, steamed egg, salad and 6 banchans. Most of them are marinated except the chadol (beef brisket), tongue, pork belly and intestines. I was told by one of the owner that they usually serve 10 banchans but because people usually focus on eating meats when getting the AYCE, it often goes to the waste. So they changed it to 6 banchans for AYCE and 10 banchans for a la cart orders.

Banchans

Banchans

One of my favorite banchan

One of my favorite banchan

The protein plate..meat..meat and more meat..

The protein plate..meat..meat and more meat..

Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket

During our meals, the waitress and waiter probably came over and change our grills at least 4 times. It’s very easy to burn the grill when you have marinated meat or something greasy like the intestines. We actually set our grill on fire last time when we went. The restaurant was fill with smokes and others were staring at us. That was embarrassing. =P Overall, I really like the meat here, it’s very fresh. My favorite would be the chadol, (I like my meat un-marinated) beef tongue, kalbi and intestine. We usually like the intestines very crispy…ummm…

Dessert - Pumpkin drink

Dessert - Pumpkin drink

Adorable candy - NOT INCLUDED WITH MEAL

Adorable candy - NOT INCLUDED WITH MEAL

One improvement that I would suggest is the dessert. It came with a pumpkin drink that I really don’t care for. But my friend KS was generous enough to share those candies that she got from Japan which totally makes up for the minor disappointment.

 

Scores
* Taste: 4.5 out of 5
* Decor: 4 out of 5
* Service: 5 out of 5
* Price: $$

 

Incheonwon BBQ House
13321 Brookhurst St
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 638-9292

 

Marché Moderne June 10, 2009

A nice place for a lazy Saturday dinning. I came here without much expectation since I got some warning earlier regarding to their slow service. But I had a great meal with two good friends, although service did slow down a bit in the end, that actually allow us to have some more conversation.

The restaurant is located @ third floor outside of Nostrum in South Coast Plaza on the right corner of the building, with patio, indoor and terrace seating. With a nice day like today, I pick the terrace dining, and I felt the indoor seating was a little bit tight to my liking. After look at the menu, we decided to try the Spontanee since it’s a good way to sample the foods here.

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They serve warm bread w/ butter.. love them. =) I ate so much in the beginning and thought I couldn’t finish the meal later. Appetizer we had Parmesan Scones/ roasted pepper/tapenade.. it was simple but delicious,

4  a

for entree.. I got the skate wing..I like the taste of fish but not the chickpeas and the soup,

b  3

the flat iron steak was excellent, the center is pink and very juicy..

2  c

but dessert was a little bit of a disappointment.. it was palmier twist and vanilla panna cotta.

d

Everything else was well done except the dessert seems like a toss in bonus, if they put more thought into the dessert, it would be a solid 5 stars. It’s a great deal for what you get in the lunch menu, highly recommended. =)

ps. I forgot to mention the American Kobe Carpaccio Dungeness Crab Meat… it’s to die for!!!!!

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Scores
* Taste: 4 out of 5
* Decor: 4 out of 5
* Service: 3 out of 5
* Price: $$$

 

Marché Moderne
3333 Bristol St
Ste 3001
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 434-7900

 

Pastéis de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tart) June 9, 2009

Filed under: Recipes — PK @ 11:03 am
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These tarts are best when baked in 1/3-cup muffin cups. However, since many manufacturers have increased the size of their standard tins, we also tested the tarts in 1/2-cup muffin cups. In those cups, the pastry dough doesn’t reach the tops, resulting in rather squat tarts.
tart

Active time: 40 min

Start to finish: 1 1/2 hr

Servings: Makes 24 small individual tarts.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Ingredients 

Pastry

Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets – 1 box

Custard

Heavy Whipping Cream – 2 Cups

Evaportaed Milke – ½ Cup

Egg Yorks – 6

Granulated Sugar – 7 Table Spons

Vanilla Extract – 1 Teaspoon


Take a sheet of puff pastry and roll it into a loaf and chill it in the freezer until it becomes firm, but not frozen (about 20 minutes),  then cut each roll into 12 disc  from each log.  Gently flatten the disc with a rolling pin to increase its diameter. Press the disc into its cup, starting in the middle of the base and, working outwards, up the sides. The pastry will be thin. Cover the pans with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Tips: Trial and error has shown me, I will get 20 to 24 Pasteis out of these ingredients.  So my method is, I’ll cut the dough roll in half – 2 rolls (each for 6 Pasteis). Cut each half in halves again – 4 rolls (each for 3 Pasteis)  Now you have to cut each piece in three equally thick slices. I find it much easier this way.


In a small saucepan bring 2 cups of the heavy whipping cream  to a boil.  Add  7 tablespoons of sugar, stir until the sugar dissolved. Let stand while preparing the next step.  In small bowl, blend yolks with fork until smooth, pour in ½ cup of evaporated milk Add to cream mixture, stirring gently to combine.


Ladle the egg mixture into the partially baked pastry cups, filling to 2/3 capacity.


Bake in upper third of oven at 425°F until the edges of the custard are puffed and middle is still jiggly, about 9 to 12 minutes.


Move the tray to upper shelf and turn the over to boil, cook for another  3-5 min until the top of custard turn partially brown.


Cool completely in the tin. Best when eaten the same day.

 

 
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