Hello Wowa’s!

Hello Wowa’s!

I love lumpia! Lumpia or Filipino egg rolls is one of my favorite dishes ever. It simply reminds me of home and family gatherings. Just recently I discovered Wowa’s; a wonderful small business that offers a variety of different egg rolls.

Wowa’s offers Filipino Pork and Chicken Shanghai rolls. These are the classic egg rolls that is always present at Filipino parties. I love Wowa’s version because they really are just like the ones I fondly remember from my childhood. The small egg rolls are individually wrapped to achieve the maximum crunchiness when fried. I love how crispy these Shanghai rolls are. They are so addicting and you’ll definitely find yourself wanting to have more each time you bite into one. They are available in pack of 25, 50, or even 100 rolls and so there is definitely plenty of deliciousness to go around and be shared. Yum!

I love the Wowa’s Shanghai Rolls but my favorite offering is their Sontanghon rolls. I love these rolls that are stuffed with glass noodles. These Sontanghon rolls are packed with noodles and packed with flavors. Noodles and lumpia are both traditional Filipino food served at parties. Eating these Sontanghon rolls makes you feel like it’s party time at dinner time. I’ll celebrate anytime with these delightful treats. These are available in packs of 10.

Aside from Shanghai Rolls and Sontanghon rolls; Wowa’s also has Vegetable egg rolls and Lumpanisa! Their Lumpanisa is their latest offering and is a combo of lumpia and longanisa!

If you love lumpia like I do; Wowa’s is definitely one you need to check out. If you’re interested in getting some of these masarap eggrolls; you can find the Wowa’s on instagram via https://www.instagram.com/_wowas_/.

Do tell them Hello Kitty Foodie sent you ;).

Hello Saigon Eatery!

Hello Saigon Eatery!

When Covid-19 first started earlier this year; there were several restaurants that had just started their business. One of these businesses was Saigon Eatery in Torrance, California. Thankfully they were determined and their persistence paid off; now becoming a favorite go-to place for pho for many South Bayers including myself.

I am a big fan of Saigon Eatery! Their pho is some of the best pho in the neighborhood. Pho choices include beef, oxtail, chicken and shrimp. My favorite is the beef pho where one can choose two types of meats from ribeye steak, brisket, boneless short rib and beef ball.

Their pho is excellent. The entire bowl is filled with delightful aromatics. The green onion, white onion and cilantro really enhance the flavor of the beef broth. They’re not stingy on their meat and loved the thin, lean slices of boneless short rib and tender beef balls.

Aside from pho; one should not forget about their side dishes such as the golden bao and the egg rolls

The golden bao is golden indeed with it’s slightly charred gold fried outside. Inside is a ground pork, onions, mushrooms, hard boiled egg and Chinese sausage. It’s like a mini meal in itself. It’s very fulfilling.

Saigon Eatery’s egg rolls are also a wonderful side. Similar to the golden bao; these were fried to perfection and served nice and crisp! I loved that they made it traditional with rice noodles inside.

Last but not least if one wants the ultimate caffeine kick then one must try their Vietnamese iced coffee.

Vietnamese iced coffee is known for being strong and if you want that caffeine kick; Saigon Eatery’s Vietnamese iced coffee will certainly do it for you! I don’t think I’ve had stronger Vietnamese coffee. It sure is the perfect way to wake you up. 🙂

2020 is a year when so many small businesses are struggling and thus I am all for supporting new eateries like Saigon Eatery. I very happy to see them doing well and hope to be back for a good bowl of pho again soon.

For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Saigon Eatery.

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 Fu Sing!

Hello Fu Sing!

They say first love never dies. Whether that is a true statement for folks it can be up for debate but for my foodie heart it is indeed true. I often get asked where my  favorite restaurant is and for many years, it was difficult to answer simply because my favorite of all favorite restaurants, Tin Sing was gone.

Tin Sing was a popular restaurant in Gardena that was established in 1964. It was popular with many folks in the South Bay and one that my family and I would frequent for various family occasions and dinners. I grew up loving their famous entrees such as pork egg rolls, pakkai, and hung  shu wonton.  When they closed in 2004, I, along with many others were devastated. For many years, I simply could not find a place that offered the same quality and delicious Cantonese style food that Tin Sing offered.

Fast forward 2017 and I hear about Fu Sing, a newly opened restaurant specializing in Cantonese cuisine, in Torrance. My curiosity  turned into pure delight when I learned the owners of Fu Sing are the cousins of the owners of Tin Sing. These cousins trained at Tin Sing while it was still open and thus they knew the recipes of my favorite, beloved Tin Sing dishes.

Upon visiting Fu Sing and glancing at their menu, I found it was indeed true! Many of my favorite Tin Sing dishes from back in the day were there. The memories of times spent with my dad at the old Gardena restaurant instantly flooded my mind and my heart and I was off to ordering some of our family favorites.

The very first thing I ordered here was the Pork Egg rolls.

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Tin Sing’s pork egg rolls were simply the best! I never found any egg rolls quite like those until now. Fu Sing does a wonderful job with their pork egg rolls. Just like Tin Sing, the egg roll wrapping was wonderfully crisp and a had a wonderful buttery taste. The filling was packed with flavorful ground pork.

The next dishes I ordered here consisted of two entrees that my family and I would always get; almond duck and hung shu wonton!

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Fu Sing once again did a brilliant job in recreating a classic favorite. Their almond duck consists of tender pieces of duck in the most savory sauce. It is topped with loads of crispy almond. This dish is perfect over white rice. The duck simply melts in your mouth.

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Hung shu wonton was my second favorite Tin Sing dish as a child. (The first was the egg rolls). It looks to once again become a favorite of mine as an adult, thanks to Fu Sing. I really enjoyed their version consisting of bbq pork, snow peas, carrots, bamboo shoots and wontons. The flavor is on point and so are the big, chunky wontons.

Lastly, I order Fu Sing’s Cantonese Style Chow Mein with  shrimp, bbq pork and chicken.

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I was actually looking for another Tin Sing noodle dish that I loved; the Beef Mun Yee Mein. Alas, they do not have that at Fu Sing but this noodle dish comes close. It’s not quite braised in sauced like Tin Sing’s Mun Yee Mein but it is still quite packed with flavor thanks to the mix of meat and veggies in it. The noodles also are long, silky and soft.

It is true that Tin Sing will forever have a special place in my heart. Eating there with family holds so many dear memories for me. Tin Sing will always be my first restaurant love. Though Tin Sing is gone however, I am happy to see Fu Sing now open. The newly opened Fu Sing is now making a place in my foodie heart and I am looking forward to new memories with this new place.

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For more smiles, please see my Yelp Review on Fu Sing.

Hello Lee’s Sandwiches Grand Opening in Torrance

Hello Lee’s Sandwiches Grand Opening in Torrance

The long wait is over! Lee’s Sandwiches is finally open in Torrance and today I attend their grand opening celebration.

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The long line for the famous sandwiches started early and just kept going, going and going!

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Lee’s was nice to offer some yummy free samples for the visitors today. Deli manjoo cake and iced coffee were given out.

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We came here for breakfast and tried out the ham, bacon, egg and cheese croissant. Soft croissant filled with melted cheese and meat, made for a nice morning treat.

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We could not walk away without trying one of their famous bahn mi! From the Asian sandwich menu, we got the grilled pork! It comes in their ten inch baguette that is baked fresh. The sandwich was filled with the sweet pork, daikon and carrot, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, house mayo, salt, pepper and soy sauce. Yum!

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Since it was the grand opening, we had a choice of getting free coffee or a baguette. We chose to get the free iced coffee. It definitely will be sure to bring energy to your day because it is strong in flavor!

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We also got some egg rolls to go to bring to some family. I tried one of these chicken egg rolls and was instantly a fan. It is packed with ingredients and full of flavor!

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Welcome to Torrance Lee’s Sandwiches! Hello Kitty Foodie and the South Bay welcomes you and is oh so happy to see you here! 🙂

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For more smiles, please see my recent yelp review on Lee’s Sandwiches.