Hello -8C Ice Cream!

Hello -8C Ice Cream!

How are you going to roll this Valentine’s Day? Do you want to get “Lost in Thailand” and have a little “Chocolate Love” with your “Minions Lover” or are you simply going to be “Peanut Butter Jealous.”

No matter how you roll, -8C Ice Cream in Gardena has got you covered. 😉 

Newly opened in Gardena is -8C Ice Cream! This  new ice cream shop specializes in rolled ice cream! It’s a cool new Asian dessert trend that Hello Kitty Foodies with a sweet tooth are sure to love. Popular in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines, rolled ice cream just recently made it to the US.

At -8C they have a very cute menu filled with names that are perfect for this love month. 😉  Flavors include Minions Lover (banana/nutella), Strawberry Shawty (strawberry/graham cracker), Oreo Land (oreo), Peanut Butter Jealous, Chocolate Love (chocolate syrup/graham cracker), Lost in Thailand (Thai Tea), Capn Crunch, Red Match (red bean/match), Rose (rose syrup) and Key Lime Pie and (lime/graham cracker). Hmm I think I have an ice cream crush on all of those haha!

One is sure to fall in love with how rolled ice cream works. It’s a quick and fun process. You choose your ice cream flavor and then the guys working at -8C will pour a cup of liquid  ice cream base in the flavor of your choice onto a giant chilled metal pan. Upon pouring the liquid ice cream it instantly starts to freeze.

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As the liquid ice cream is freezing, the guys at -8C will then add the toppings to the top of your ice cream. The toppings and the liquid ice cream are mashed and mixed all together.

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The entire mixture then is flattened out and spread thin. The final step is slowly scraping the yummy mixture from the chilled metal pan. They are scraped in strips and then the strips are rolled. The rolls then go into your cup and tada you have ice cream rolls! At -8C you also get unlimited toppings for free. Toppings include fresh fruit, cookies and graham crackers!

How did this Hello Kitty Foodie roll at -8C? I was “Peanut Butter Jealous” with toppings of mango (my forever fruit crush), graham crackers (my crunchy infatuation) and two oreos (one for Hello Kitty and one for Dear Daniel- where are you Dear Daniel? 😉 )

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Don’t be “jealous” of my rolled ice cream! Roll on by and fall in love with this new ice cream shop in Gardena! -8C is located in Pacific Square at the same plaza as O Young’s Rock Pot and Sanrio Surprises.

Happy Valentine’s Day Hello Kitty Foodies!

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on -8C Ice Cream.

Hello O Young’s Rock Pot Gardena!

Hello O Young’s Rock Pot Gardena!

It’s officially Winter and when winter rolls around, it’s time to bring out the jackets and mittens, turn on the heaters and…..eat some hot pot!  The simmering Asian stew is one that brings warmth and comfort to many during the chilly days. It’s always been one of my favorite Winter dishes and thus I was thrilled to find out a new hot pot place opening up in Gardena via O Young’s Rock Pot.

O Young’s Rock Pot is located in the Pacific Square Plaza in Gardena. It is the same place that houses Sea Empress, Toyko Central and Sanrio Surprises ;). O Young’s Rock Pot just opened up this December 2016.

The menu of O Young’s Rock Pot includes appetizers and side dishes such as Homemade Fried Sweet Pumpkin Cake and Pan Fried Pork Dumplings

I really liked the Homemade Fried Sweet Potato Cakes as well as the Fried Sweet Pumpkin Cakes. They come out piping hot. I liked crisp edges and the soft centers. There also is a little dash of sweetness with the addition of powdered sugar on the top.

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Their menu also has lunch specials that comes with steamed rice, soup and vegetables.

The soup is a delicious hot egg drop soup with black mushrooms.

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They have various lunch specials. For those who like a bit of spice then the kung pao chicken is a nice choice.

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Beef lovers will appreciate the hearty beef dish of fried beef with green onion.

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The lunch specials are great but the main speciality of the restaurant consists of their rock pots!

For their rock pots, there are fifteen different types.  They have a rock pot for every palate. For seafood lovers, they have a Fish Rock Pot, Crab Rock Pot, Squid Rock Pot, Baby Cuttlefish and Catfish Rock Pot. For veggie fans, there is the Nutritious Mixed Mushroom Rock Pot and Veggie Rock Pot. Meat lovers can enjoy Beef Rock Pot and Beef Short Ribs Rock Pot. There’s also something for the more adventurous in the Bullfrog Rock Pot. Each rock pot comes in your choice of their signature sauce, spicy sauce or curry sauce.

The first rock pot I tried here was their Chicken Rock Pot.

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The chicken rock pot comes with choice of boneless chicken or chicken with bone. Along with the chicken is napa, fish cake and wood ear mushroom. The chicken with bone really brings out the flavor of the chicken. This flavor is further enhanced with the various veggies. I really liked the wood ear mushrooms that were mixed in.

The other rock pot that was super pleasing to my palate, was no other than one of their most popular, the Beef Rock Pot.

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The beef rock pot is packed with savoriness. The beef comes with beef, napa, beef tendon balls, lobster fish balls and enoki mushrooms. I got this rock pot with the spicy sauce and it gave it a subtle fiery kick.

After the rock pot, the perfect thing to indulge in is O Young’s signature drinks. They have fifteen signature drinks that range from milk drinks to coffee drinks to soda type specialities.

Two of the most popular drinks are their Refreshing Lemon Fizz and the Sparkling Strawberry Milk Drink.

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The Refreshing Lemon Fizz is one that I have heard many guys enjoy. This one is very similar to lemonade. It is has a tart flavor to it.

The Sparkling Strawberry Milk Drink is one that the girls like. It is actually my favorite. It is a sweet and very pleasing after a bowl of rock pot!

O Young’s Rock Pot in Gardena is a really nice spot to enjoy some comforting hot pots as well as some delicious drinks. I look forward to coming here to try more of their dishes.

For more smiles, please read my Yelp Review on O Young’s Rock Pot.