When you find a gem by mistake, it is the best reward ever. I came here one day to pick up a togo order for a friend who is not my friend anymore… It was the only place open and I needed to save the day. I really liked their egg rolls, it was the really really crispy kind. I can’t explain it but it’s called a Cha Gio not egg roll.
The broth is especially authentic but not too authentic that it’s greasy and dirty. It’s run by a Korean family so it’s clean unlike an establishment run by Vietnamese people. I’m not being racist, I’m just being a Korean pho connoisseur, Koreans are particular when it comes to pho. 😛
The three dishes of onions that you see is my favorite part about having pho. Think of it as kimchi. I am all about textures when I eat so I need a crunch component to the meal. The onions do that for me, plus I drench it in sriracha and it’s also the spicy element.
I think this is a Korean thing. Growing up, partying in KTOWN, I had my first pho experience here. After a night of drinking Crown Royal at Flamingo, we’d drive over to the now gone pho place in the Cafe Bleu plaza and wake up with swollen faces. I didn’t like cilantro back then, now I can’t have enough. The onions were first introduced to me by… I want to say this girl named Angela, but I could be wrong. Obviously someone that’s not in my life anymore. Well, sort of, through social media. She or whomever started to mix the onions, sriracha and hoison sauce and I fell in love. It was the perfect add to the somewhat bland dish.
Over the years, I used less and less of the hoison sauce, but sometimes, I’ll use it, most of the time not. Depending on who I’m eating with. Some people can’t handle the raw onion + sriracha alone. I call them #pussies.
My son’s favorite flavor is the mint monster. We recently visited this over hyped dessert place and all my son could do was rave about Afters Ice Cream. The funny thing is, I did a vlog and he keeps saying it as I’m recording it. Will be live on 6/12 at 9:30am!
My husband always wants to go to Afters too. Now that he knows there is a location in Cerritos, he is always begging me to go with him. As for me, I don’t want to wait in line so I never go with him. If I do, I wait in the car. But I better have a full charge cause I’ll be waiting for a while playing on my phone!
I finally tried this damn place! Health Nut is a healthy food place in Calabasas that the Kardashian’s go to for their pre-packaged salads. How do I know? I used to watch their show and always thought their salads looked amazing. The thing I liked the most about it was the packaging. I don’t know why salads taste much better when it comes in that plastic reusable bowls. (Kind of like Mendocino.)
I cheated a little bit again. I had eggs and tuna and some dressing. Their salad was delicious. The lettuce was crisp and fresh, the tuna and egg salad was tasty but not too overly dressed with mayo and their dressing, the best part. I loved their house dressing but I loved their Spicy Asian dressing the most! You know me with spicy stuff!
I plan to go back, one day. I’m going to pick up multiple days worth of salads and eat it all.
Being Korean, I need extra slices of raw onions so I can mix the sriracha and the brown sauce (totally forgot the damn name) with it. Add lime and viola! It’s like a Vietnamese kimchi! And yes, both the plates of the onions were cleaned. I enjoy pho because of this component. Without it, I would probably not enjoy pho.