Hello Mo-Mo Paradise Takeout!

Hello Mo-Mo Paradise Takeout!

Today is Easter; a day of prayer, renewal and hope. As we continue to pray for an end to this pandemic; we also continue to move forward as a community. One way to help bring hope to the many restaurants impacted in our communities is via ordering takeout or delivery.

In my next series of blog posts; I wanted to share some of my favorite restaurants that are offering great takeout deals.

One of the top restaurants on my go-to for takeout is Mo-Mo Paradise in Torrance. I first discover Mo-Mo Paradise back in 2017. The restaurant specializing in Japanese hot pot became a favorite of mine. I was not alone in loving this restaurant as there was always a crowd and a wait every single day.

With the pandemic; Mo-Mo Paradise like many other restaurants had to find innovative ways to offer food to their many customers. For the first time ever they launched a new delivery and take-out option.

First to debut on their new delivery and take-out menu were their bowls. For $9.95 customers have the choice of the Beef Shabu Curry Bowl, Beef Sukiyaki Bowl, Pork Tonkotsu Bowl, and Kimchi Pork Bowl. .

Their Beef Shabu Curry bowl is one of my favorites because it consists of their very popular savory curry that is normally part of their AYCE side buffet. For the to-go option they pile on rich curry over layers of thin sliced braised beef, caramelized onions and carrots. It is definitely fulfilling and very tasty!

I also like their Beef Sukiyaki bowl. It is a different take of their Beef Sukiyaki hot pot. Instead of a broth they have a rice bowl topped with thinly sliced beef, gobo, onions, carrots, king oyster mushrooms, napa cabbage, kale, mushroom, tofu ginger, green onions and a egg.

If one is craving for something more similar to their traditional Shabu Shabu menu; Mo-Mo Paradise has that too! They recently added to their delivery and takeout menu; Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki sets.

This Easter Sunday I ordered a shabu shabu set and it made for the perfect Easter feast. Right at the comfort of our home; we were able to cook and enjoy the yummy Japanese hot pot.

Each set is $45 and comes with choice of broth (tonkotsu, kimchi, sukiyaki or shabu shabu), choice of two meats (beef chuck eye roll, short plate or kurubota pork shoulder) choice of two sides (rice, udon or ramen), vegetables, sauces and condiments. One can also add a la carte such as pork meatballs.

Right now Mo-Mo Paradise even has a great deal of giving 10% off your order.

Needless to say all of our lives have turned upside down during this crisis. One of the things that remain constant however is love of family and support of community. Through different takeouts such as what Mo-Mo Paradise has to offer; I am still able to enjoy some of my favorites at home with family and at the same time be able support local eateries.

#SupportLocalBusiness #SaveRestaurants

For more smiles, please see my Yelp Review on Mo-Mo Paradise Torrance.

Hello Painter’s Tape!

Hello Painter’s Tape!

Painter’s Tape, the newest neighborhood restaurant in Gardena has very simple instructions for customers walking in. They are as follows: 1) Show up with fun people. 2) Visit the cashier to order a refreshing beverage and couple dishes each to share with the fun people. 3) Eat, drink and be merry. 4) Leave happy, sleep well, repeat steps 1-3.

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Even without the instructions however, I already knew that I would come out of here as one happy Hello Kitty Foodie from Painter’s Tape because of several reasons. The first reason being I was recommended here by my friends from another favorite restaurant of mine; Chubby Rice. Joe and Chef Linda Lau of Chubby Rice are food connoisseurs that I trust and respect and I knew any restaurant they like, would be top-notch. Owner of Painter’s Tape and chef  Atsushi Takatsuki, happens to also be a chef alum of Manhattan Beach Post just like Chef Linda. Chef Atsushi was once chef de cuisine of Chef David LeFevre’s fabulous beach city restaurant.

I also knew I would like Painter’s Tape because I found the inspiration behind the restaurant name so heartwarming and wonderful. Chef Atsushi grew up in Gardena and his father ran a commercial painting business in Gardena for 40 years. The restaurant’s name is a tribute to his father and to his hometown! Being someone who also is very close to the South bay and a true Daddy’s girl; I love the background story behind Painter’s Tape.

With all the above being, said I was already quite happy walking into Painter’s Tape with even no instructions ;). Little did I know that the smile on my face would get even bigger after trying their food. 😉

Painter’s Tape specializes in modern American cuisine. The menu consists of three sections: breads and sandies, eggs and potatoes and vegetables. It’s a tapas style and perfect for enjoying with friends and family.

Our meal here started off with Painter’s Tape’s Potatoes Bravas.

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I’ve always been a fan of potato dishes but this dish has to be one of the most unique potato dishes I’ve ever had. It’s a mix of soft potatoes and potato chips topped with paprika, garlic mayo and a soft egg. Poking the egg yolk and letting it mix in the potatoes was true happiness and yumminess. It has a bit of spice to it and I just loved the mixture of flavors.

Next dish was the Stewed Organic Rice.

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This dish is also not your ordinary (porridge) dish. It is tomato and chicken bone broth topped with egg yolk and crispy things! It is an egg-cellent dish that is very flavorful. The yolk when mixed with the porridge gives the perfect texture for one hearty dish.

After trying something from both the Eggs and Potatoes section and the Vegetables section; it was time to try something from Painter’s Tape’s Bread and Sandies section.

We first tried the Shabu Shabu Steak Bun.

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My family and I are quite fond of the Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water; but never did we anticipate having shabu shabu as a sandwich! Painter’s Tape makes shabu shabu sandwich a reality. The Shabu Shabu Steak bun has the thinly sliced meat, worcestershire sauce, tomato confit and spice shake all in one. The seasoning of this sandwich is simply divine.

The other item that we tried from the Breads and Sandies section was the Japanese curry and cheddar donut.

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This donut came fresh from the kitchen and upon slicing the donut delicious curry and cheddar came oozing out.

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Similar to the Shabu Shabu Steak bun, this was very pleasing to the palate. The curry just had the right tone of hot Asian spices. The cheddar mixed in with the curry made for a very creamy and smooth filling!

Last but not least, we tried their Texas toast.

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The Texas toast was toasted just right and had perfectly crisp edges! I loved the topping of honey and condensed milk. It made for just the sweetest ending to this fabulous meal.

Painter’s Tape had very simple instructions for their customers and after dining here I can say; those instructions are on point! Definitely come with fun people. (A meal with family is always wonderful). Definitely order a couple of dishes (I assure you will love each and every dish you try). Lastly you will definitely leave happy (I left with a smile on my face). Thank you Painter’s Tape! Painter’s Tape, the newest neighborhood restaurant in Gardena; it truly is nice to see you in the neighborhood ;).

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For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Painter’s Tape

Hello Shin-sen-gumi shabu shabu!

Hello Shin-sen-gumi shabu shabu!

Shabu shabu via Shin-sen-gumi! I tried this place for the first time this weekend! On weekend they have an all you can eat special! For $15, you get all you can eat angus beef.

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In the beginning, you start off with a small clean plate and bowl of boiling water! Soon enough that small plate will be filled with the delicious shabu shabu that you cook in that hot water.

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You are also provided the dipping sauces up front. They give you ponzu sauce and sesame paste. The sesame paste was my favorite.

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The lunch special comes with rice, mixed veggies and udon noodle. These all nicely compliment the thin pieces of angus beef.

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You can cook the veggies in the boiling water anytime but I chose to cook the meat first followed by the cabbages and carrots. I wanted to cook first the ones I thought would take longer. I added the mushrooms and udon noodle last. It actually did not take too long and I was soon on my way to eating yummy shabu shabu.

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I have only been to shabu shabu a couple times and this place was a great place to try shabu shabu once again! The all you can eat special is great and they have other great deals here as well.

For more smiles, please see my recent yelp review on Shin-sen-gumi.