Hello Dan Modern Chinese @ Manhattan Village!

Hello Dan Modern Chinese @ Manhattan Village!

Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach, California is truly becoming the go-to spot when in the Beach Cities! They’e been adding so many great shops and delicious restaurants in the past year that I’m also so excited to dine and shop. The latest restaurant to open up is Dan Modern Chinese. Dan Modern Chinese has four other locations in Southern California; Pasadena, Playa Vista, Santa Monica and Sawtelle (Go Bruins!). The Manhattan Beach location is their fifth and newest location am I am beyond thrilled to have Dan Modern Chinese in the Beach Cities.

With dumplings, noodles, fried rice and garlic filled veggies; it’s not surprising that I love this place. As a testament to how this place is my new favorite; I’ve already tried their cuisine twice this month.

A must try item on their menu is definitely their dumplings. They’ve got two main types: Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings) and Handmade Dumplings. Both are handmade on site. The Xiao Long Bao is their signature dish. It’s steamed and filled with the most heart warming, soothing broth! Choice of fillings include chicken, pork, shrimp, dungeness crab and veggie. The Handmade Dumplings can be either ordered steamed, pan fried or crispy. The crispy version is definitely a treat as it comes with a thin crispy bottom layer! The crispy is not only a fun food item; it’s quite a delicious one too!

To accompany their dumplings; I either get the fried rice or their dan mein. I love fried rice but do have to say their dan mein is on the top of my favorite sides. I love the long, handmade thick noodles, snow pea leaves, garlic sauce along with my choice of protein; short rib.

Another great item here that I love is their Beef Roll. This item is on their small plates section of their menu but is not small in any means. The rolls are packed with oxtail, cucumbers, green onions and cilantro. It’s definitely filling and quite the treat.

Last but not least; the vegetable dishes should not be missed. Often veggies don’t get enough love but I highly recommend to try one or more of their vegetable dishes here. They pack their veggies with lots of flavor and lots of garlic. If you’re a garlic fan; you definitely don’t want the miss vegetables.

Dan Modern Chinese is a welcome addition to Manhattan Beach! It is true beach cities bliss to dine here!

For more smiles; please see my Yelp Review on Dan Modern Chinese Manhattan Village.

Hello Dim Sum 101!

Hello Dim Sum 101!

Dim Sum 101 may sound like an ultimate foodie lover’s course in college but it’s actually the name of the newest dim sum place in the South Bay! Just this past February 2022; Dim Sum 101 opened up in Lomita, California and it has already won the hearts of many dim sum lovers such as myself.

The restaurant is cute and quaint and similarly their menu is small and basic. Dim Sum 101 however has all the essential dishes for all of us dim sum foodies. They’ve got dumplings, porridge, buns, sticky rice, rice noodles and yes for the ultimate dim fan; they have chicken feet! They definitely had several of my favorites and I was quite one happy foodie eating here.

My food orders here consisted of Sticky Rice, Bean Curd Veggie Roll, Preserved Egg and Pork Porridge, Beef Rice Noodle, Fried Dumpling and Chicken Feet. I definitely wanted to try a variety and that can be seen in my choices that ranged from vegetarian to not so vegetarian (hehe chicken feet!). I have to say that Dim Sum 101 knows their dim sum. Hey; if you’re restaurant sounds like a college course; you better have food that passes the culinary grade. I’m happy to say this course…err restaurant is passing with flying colors. Their dim sum was full of flavor and well worth the value. (Majority of their dishes are $5.68). Among the things I ordered; my top picks were the Bean Curd Veggie Roll along the Preserved Egg and Pork Porridge.

Dim Sum 101 gets a A in my book!

For more smiles; please see my Yelp Review on Dim Sum 101

Hello Taishi Hainan Chicken!

Hello Taishi Hainan Chicken!

Hainan chicken  is hard to come by here in Los Angeles. There’s not many restaurants that offer up the Asian chicken  dish that is traditionally poached in a brine of white pepper, ginger, green onions and pandan leaves.

Thanks however to a restaurant that opened up in Redondo Beach, California, folks now have a place where they can enjoy Hainan Chicken in two different ways.

Taishi Hainan Chicken recently opened up in Redondo Beach and there are only two dishes on the menu (along with some sides!) The two dishes specialize in…drum roll please…you guessed it Hainan chicken!

Both of their Hainan dishes come with a variety of different sauces.

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The first offering here is their Classic Hainan chicken.

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It’s steamed chicken served with white rice and two sauce which are bit of sweet and spicy. This dish is perfect for those looking for a healthy option. The chicken is perfectly lean and tender.

The second offering here is their Crispy Hainan chicken.

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This is for those who want to go outside of the (bento) box. 😉 It’s a different take on the classic steamed chicken and this is fried. It’s served with mayonnaise like sauce and a sweet and sour sauce.  It’s a nice, unique take on Hainan chicken.

Now I did mention that there are only the two Hainan chickens on the menu but they do actually offer more via two side dishes.

One can get egg rolls.

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These vegetarian egg rolls are served hot and crisp and make for a great appetizer.

The other side is their fried dumplings.

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The fried dumplings are another great starter. It is equal in crispness and deliciousness to the egg rolls. (Special hint: you can get these free with a Yelp check-in)

Overall Taishi Hainan Chicken is a good place for a good, quick meal some Hainan chicken that is hard to come by.

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For more smiles please see my Yelp review on Taishi Hainan Chicken!

Hello Tasty Noodle House!

Hello Tasty Noodle House!

There’s a tasty new place that opened up late last year in Lomita, California and it’s no other than Tasty Noodle House. It’s a Shanghainese cuisine eatery that has several California branches. They have restaurants in Hacienda heights, Irvine, Cerritos, Chino Hills and San Diego.

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Tasty Noodle House has quite an extensive menu and during my visit here, my initial thought was their menu was comparable to the size of Cheesecake Factory’s! (Insert Hello Kitty Foodie giggles here :D). Instead of pages and pages of entrees and cheesecake however, this place had pages and pages of delicious Shanhainese selections. 😉

One of the first noticeable items is their amazing line of up of various dumplings. Their dumpling menu ranges from different vegetarian, meat and seafood wontons to different wonton soups.

I first tried their Shangai Sticky Rice Shiu-Mai.

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I’ve always been a fan of sticky rice at dim sum restaurants. I found this shiu-mai to be so interesting because it is a dumpling with sticky rice inside. It has a chewy dumpling skin on the outside and inside is the moist sticky rice. It’s a very unique take on sticky rice.

One of my favorite dumplings here is actually one of their soup offerings. I absolutely love their Shanghai Wonton Soup.

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It’s a very heartwarming broth filled shitake mushrooms, veggies, wonton strips and ten soft luscious dumplings. The dumplings are generously filled with flavorful pork.

Speaking of pork, Tasty Noodle House has a very popular dish in their Shanghai Grilled Pork Bun.

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The Shanghai Grilled Pork Buns is a absolutely wonderful! They’re huge in size and are filled with a nice amount of flavorful pork. I also like the touch of sesame seeds that they have on the buns.

Aside from different dumplings, they have various rice dishes. I tried their Yeung Chow Fried Rice.

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This is a very fulfilling fried rice dish. It is packed with several ingredients such as shrimp, Chinese Sausage and veggies.

Last but definitely not least is their extensive noodle selection. After all this is Tasty Noodle House. 😉

One of the first noodles I tried was their Shanghai Style Chow Mein.

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I liked how this dish had chicken and Chinese broccoli. It’s got your greens and protein. You can check off healthy eats with this one.

The other noodle dish I got to try was there Basil Beef Noodles.

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The basil in this dish is very distinct and one will instantly taste the flavoring at first bite.

Tasty Noodle House definitely lives up to it’s name. It wasn’t just the noodles that was tasty but their dumplings, soup, fried rice and pork buns. Hmm perhaps their name of should’ve been Tasty Everything House. 😉 Overall a very tasty place. 🙂

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Tasty Noodle House.

 

Hello Myung In Dumplings!

Hello Myung In Dumplings!

If Myung In Dumplings sounds familiar it’s because the K-town restaurant was featured by Anthony Bourdain is show “Parts Unknown” 😊. Since it’s feature on the show, numerous foodies have flocked to the restaurant in K-town. It was even part of LA Weekly’s “99 Most Essential Restuarants of 2014.” Because of it’s popularity the restaurant has opened up a branch in Garden Grove, California and just recently in Torrance, California. I recently had a chance to check out the newest branch.

Similar to other Korean restuarants, Myung In provides complimentary banchan with their dishes. On my trip here, I got to check out two sides. The first banchan I got was a nice and spicy side dish with pickled daikon, cucumber and jalapeños.

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The other complimentary side dish I tried was the traditonal Korean favorite kimchi.

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I found both banchan to be very flavorful but the pickled daikon was my personal favorite. It had a spicy kick that was a perfect match with the main entrees I got to try.

The first main item I got to try was the Dumpling beef soup. This soup was packed with flavor and packed with ingredients. It came with eight dumplings and glass noodles. With it’s warm broth and fresh dumplings, this soup was so heartwarming for the cold day.

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I also got to try another soup via the Beef short rib soup or Gal bee tang. Similar to the dumpling soup, this also had glass noodles. There are no dumplings in this soup however. This soup came instead with three pieces of beef short rib. This is also a good soup for chilly times. The broth is same flavorful broth in the dumpling soup and the beef short rib enhances the flavor even more

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Last but definitely not the least was the King steam dumplings that I got to try. True to it’s name, these dumplings are “King.” It’s huge in size and filled with plenty of pork and vegetables. I was actually pleasantly surpised at how much meat was packed in these dumplings. They are like Chinese steamed buns or Filipino siopao but I found the main wrapper to be so much softer.

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Overall, I enjoyed trying out Myung In Dumplings. Everything is made fresh and I found it all to be so fulfilling. I can’t wait to try out other items here and it makes me smile just thinking about future dumpling tastings.

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Myung In Dumplings