Hello Shiok: Asian Street Food!

Shiok: Asian Slang to express awesome, delicious, very tasty, cool, wow! It conveys a feeling of pleasure, happiness and pure satisfaction.

Shiok also happens to be the name of the new restaurant at Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance, California. The new eatery is appropriately named as they bring to the South Bay some delightful and tasty eats!

Their menu is inspired by Asia’s legendary markets and among their offerings one can find bao, bahn mi and bowls.

I recently got a special sneak peak and was amazed with their bold and bright flavors.

Their baos are my new favorite!

I love the Cripsy Golden Bao.

The outside is a crisp golden brown bun and inside is steamed pork with egg. This is one tasty triple treat.

The Hot Fried Chicken Bao is another fabulous bao that I really enjoyed.

The Hot Fried Chicken Bao is a steamed bun filled with a gigantic piece of fried chicken smothered in sriracha. The fried chicken is topped with Asian slaw, cilantro and jalapeรฑo. I loved the crisp chicken with a fiery kick. This was very fulfilling.

The Nightmarket Bao is another winner.

This savory bao has a large Kakuni-style braised pork belly topped with Taiwanese relish and roasted peanuts! I love how it has crisp roasted peanuts. It gives a nice, crunchy touch to the bao.

Aside from the baos; Shiok has other delights that are part of their “Cravables” menu.

The Veggie Crunch is a great starter that is perfect for vegetarians!

I have always been a fan of taro and this cravable has taro, yam, tofu, mushrooms in fried rice paper. It’s crunch and love at first bite.

Another good starter is their Shrimp Crisps.

Growing up in an Asian household; shrimp crisps were a favorite snack of mine to bring to school. Shiok’s Shrimp Crisps remind me of me of the delightful chips that were once part of my lunch bag. Shiok makes their own house fried shrimp chips and they are amazing!

All of Shiok’s cravables are great but make sure to save room for some of the entrees.

Shiok’s Signature Bahn Mi is a must try!

I tried the bahn mi with grilled lemongrass steak. The lemongrass steak combined with Bourbon pate, sriracha aioli, Asian slaw, cucumbers, pickled daikon, carrot, papaya and cilantro made for a tasty sandwich. This was paired with some Shrimp Crisps.

I also got to try some of their bowls. First up was the Asian Street Bowl.

For the Asian Street Bowl one can choose their protein. Among the choices are lemongrass steak, spicy satay chicken or soy ginger chicken. The protein then comes with peanut sauce, shallot ginger rice, baby lettuce, street side corn, Asian slaw, cucumbers, pickled daikon, carrot, papaya, cilantro and fried shallots. It’s an explosion of flavors in one healthy bowl.

The second bowl I tried here was the Zen Bowl.

The Zen bowl is a vegetarian delight consisting of bbq pulled jackfruit, coconut ginger chickpeas, shallot ginger rice, streetside corn, Asian slaw, pickled daikon-carrot-papaya, cucumbers, fresh shallots and cilantro. I love how the jackfruit is tender just like shredded chicken. The bowl is wonderfully healthy and truly does bring some zen ;).

Equal in deliciousness to the bowls is their drinks. They’ve got freshly made teas with fruits and boba. For the special private event; they had the Blue Lagoon and Boba Milk Tea.

I loved how colorful the Blue Lagoon was. It made me feel like I was in an Asian tropical island. The colorful blue and green floral tea was pure paradise. It has a refreshing and exquisite flavor.

The boba milk tea was a classic drink with soft honey boba pearls.

Shiok! I truly was saying Shiok by the end of my meal here.

Shiok: Asian Street Food will have it’s soft opening starting September 7, 2018 and they will have their grand opening on September 28, 2018.

For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Shiok: Asian Street Food!

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Hello Pastor Chef Asian & American Grill!

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Located in a small strip mall across from El Camino College in Torrance, California is a hidden gem named Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill. The menu for Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill is a smorgasbord of amazing eats of Italian, French, Continental, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Southern, Peruvian and Filipino food. That’s right, you read it right, Filipino food. It’s so hard to come by a place serving great Filipino food and I was quite excited to see this place serving up Filipino fare at it’s finest. The owner of this place is Chef Ron Melchor, a Filipino and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

Since it’s been awhile since I’ve found a new place serving Filipino cuisine, I chose to get Filipino food during my visit here.

I tried the Pancit Bihon Guisado. It’s rice noodles with sautรฉed vegetables, pork and chicken. This dish was delicious and I was quite a fan of the big chicken and pork pieces. The meats were marinated to perfection and seasoned so well that the flavor was simply oozing out. The noodles were silky, soft and long and melted in the mouth.

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The second dish that I got to try here is a favorite of mine. I tried their sisig which they call the “D’Original Sisig.” It is grilled pork belly, jowls and ears with onions, vinegar and citrus juice. It might not be a dish for everyone based off the description but this dish served sizzling is a must try for anyone up for Filipino food. The vinegar and citrus juice along with the crispy pork come together to make a tasty pork dish that is great with white rice. Here at Pastor Chef Asian & American Grill they know how to make a good traditional sisig. They also know how to do a fusion version via another sisig dish with “Sisig” tacos.

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Although, I was super excited about the Filipino food here. I cannot wait to come back and try their other cuisine as well. They have some delicious non-Filipino food that I come quite curious to try, The chicken marsala, the lomo saltaldo, the honey fried chicken are all dishes that I wish to try out in future visits. They also have some tasty desserts (red velvet cake, maize con hielo, halo halo) and delicious drinks (mango smoothie, cookies and cream ice blended) that have me knowing I will be back.

Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill’s tagline is “Creating Heavenly Eats” and I must say their dishes are heavenly and made me smile.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill.