Hello The Embotidos!

Hello The Embotidos!

One of my favorite Filipino foods is embotido. Embotido is a Filipino meatloaf often served during holidays.

I have fond memories of eating embotido at family parties. Now however there is no need to wait for holidays or family parties to have embotido; because The Embotidos ; a Filipino small business is making embotidos for everyone to enjoy at home any time! The Embotidos makes getting embotidos so easy! They travel to different Southern California cities. When it’s in a city near you; you simply place and order online and then you will go to the designated pick up spot!

They’ve got several different types of embotidos to choose from: Classic Porky, Four Cheese Porky, Spicy Nori Porky, Classic Chicken, Four Cheese Chicken, Spicy Nori Chicken and Spicy Nori Chicken. This Lent; they also have a limited special via their Crimp Nori Roll.

The Classic versions are just like the ones I remember at family parties. No extras, simply classic Filipino style meatloaf. This really does remind me of the homemade embotidos my auntie makes. I am a fan.

If you want a little bit of unique; then the Four Cheese or the Spicy Nori is for you. The Four Cheese has a cheesy surprise inside the Classic roll! In the middle is four gourmet cheeses. It’s oh so cheesy and so tasty. It’s my personal favorite.

The Nori Roll is another special embotido that many folks like. It’s the classic wrapped in Nori (seaweed). For those who want a little bit of spice; this one gives you that fiery flavor.

Last but definitely not least for this Lenten Season is the limited edition Crimp Nori Roll. It is the first ever seafood roll in the history of embotido-rolling. It is completely meatless and thus perfect for this upcoming Holy week.

I am such a fan of Embotidos and can’t wait till they roll on over again to my city so I can get more of their rolls. 🙂

If you’re interested in getting some of these masarap embotidos; you can find the Embotidos on instagram via https://www.instagram.com/theembotidos/ Do tell them Hello Kitty Foodie sent you ;).

Hello Caps and Corks: LA Street Foods!

Hello Caps and Corks: LA Street Foods!

Just this February 2020; I wrote about Caps and Corks a newly opened liquor store in Torrance, California that was offering some amazing food via breakfast burritos and submarine sandwiches. Their food quickly gained a lot of popularity in the South Bay community and beyond. Now there’s another reason for foodies to rejoice as Caps and Corks recently just debuted a new LA Street Foods menu!

It was just Cinco de Mayo this week and the timing could not have been more perfect to try the new tacos that are part of their LA Street Foods Menu. It was a double celebration as it was not only Cinco de Mayo but also Taco Tuesday!

They offer three types of street tacos; carne asada, pollo or al pastor. All the street tacos are on corn tortillas with the customer’s chosen meat along with toppings of cilantro, onion and spicy or mild salsa.

Happy Cinco de Mayo indeed as these tacos were quite tasty! I tried all the meats and thought each one had it’s own unique flavor. I would have to say though my favorite was the Al Pastor as I thought the seasoning really stuck out. The pork was also perfectly tender. I will definitely be back for these tacos regardless of whether it is (taco) Tuesday or not.

Another reason for me to come back to Caps and Corks is to try the rest of their new LA Street Foods menu. In addition to tacos they have burritos; quesadillas and hot diggity dogs! Yes! You read it right they’re offering a variety of different hot dogs offered the same way as what you’d find at your local LA street vendor back in the day (pre-quarantine!) and yes this includes bacon wrapped hot dogs!

The new additions to Caps and Corks menu are definitely a fiesta for the tummy and can’t wait to try the other offerings.

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.