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Din Tai Fung Expanding into Portland, Oregon

Din Tai Fung Expanding into Portland, Oregon

To date in the United States, you could only go to a Din Tai Fung in either California or the Greater Seattle region. Now, it looks like the restaurant brand will be expanding into Portland, Oregon: “Often lauded as the maker of the “world’s greatest dumplings,” Taiwanese dim sum restaurant Din Tai Fung seems to be planning its first Oregon location in the Washington Square mall. Over the past months several readers have emailed Eater saying that […] Continue »

CAAMFEST 2018 – May 10-24, San Francisco & Oakland

CAAMFEST 2018 - May 10-24, San Francisco & Oakland

CAAMFEST 36 One of the things that I appreciate about the San Francisco Bay Area after I moved here is the rich cultural activities in the area, and that includes the annual Asian American film festival known as CAAMFEST (known prior to 2013 as the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) – quite a mouthful). The festival is organized by the Center of Asian American Media (CAAM), which is based in San Francisco. This […] Continue »

Din Tai Fung Opens at Westfield Mall in Orange County, CA

Din Tai Fung Opens at Westfield Mall in Orange County, CA

The last time I went to a Din Tai Fung opening, it was also at a Westfield Mall – specifically the Valley Fair Mall in San Jose/Santa Clara, California. Well now, another one has opened in Orange County: “There has been a great deal of anticipation, but Din Tai Fung, the dumpling and noodle chain that is known for its delicious food and four hour waits for a table in Orange County, has finally opened […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Panda Express’ “Breaking the Ice”

Asian American Commercial Watch: Panda Express' "Breaking the Ice"

I just saw this new Panda Express TV commercial, “Introducing Peking Pork – Breaking the Ice“: “New Peking Pork from Panda Express is peking your appetite with crispy pork chop bites, hand- cut peppers and white onion, wok-tossed in a sweet and sour glaze. It’s American Chinese comfort food that’s made to satisfy in any situation.” It surprisingly stars Wong Fu Productions’ Philip Wang. I think this is the first time I’ve seen Wang star in […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Tostitos “Reposting”

Asian American Commercial Watch: Tostitos "Reposting"

Although this commercial was uploaded to Tostitos’ YouTube channel over 7 months ago, I only recently caught this TV commercial, which stars actress Alli Chung. I like how this commercial kind of mocks those who tend to be a bit too active on social media, although to be honest, this could include me.  

Asian American Frozen Foods: Ajinomoto’s Shoyu Chicken Ramen Bowls

Asian American Frozen Foods: Ajinomoto's Shoyu Chicken Ramen Bowls

I was at Costco the other day, and noticed this new frozen meal – Ajinomoto’s Tokyo Style Shoyu Chicken Ramen Bowls. I’m always looking for something I can bring to work, since I had mentioned, the company cafeteria kind of sucks. So the fact that this packing has six dishes for $12.99, that definitely caught my eye. Although, as usual, the dish alone probably wouldn’t be that filling for lunch. I’ll probably have to bring […] Continue »

8Books Review: The Discovery of Ramen

8Books Review: The Discovery of Ramen

Instant ramen noodles have been one of my comfort foods since I was a kid.  I wrote about how I even ate them raw as a kid in a previous 8Asians post, and how I’m still searching for the elusive and probably relegated to history “Sun Lih Men” brand of instant ramen noodles.  When I was asked to review a new kid’s book, The Discovery of Ramen, I jumped on the chance, even though my […] Continue »

Din Tai Fung San Diego Delayed Until 2018

Din Tai Fung San Diego Delayed Until 2018

I first blogged about the first Din Tai Fung opening in San Diego this past February for this fall, but apparently that has been delayed: “While most of its big name new restaurants are lined up to launch in Westfield UTC this fall, it will be a slightly longer wait for dumpling specialists Din Tai Fung. As part of the shopping center’s multi-million expansion and remodel, there will be plenty of fresh food and drink options to celebrate come October […] Continue »

Asian American Frozen Foods: Review: Trader Joe’s Spicy Thai Shrimp Fried Rice

Asian American Frozen Foods: Review: Trader Joe’s Spicy Thai Shrimp Fried Rice

At my local Trader Joe’s in Silicon Valley, this frozen dish goes for $4.99. I’ve had this dish before where I have stir fried it, so this time around, I microwaved the dish – first the shrimp separately, then adding the shrimp to the rice, for a total microwave time of around 4 to 5 minutes: Overall, the dish tasted almost as good as stir fried. Overall, I like the dish – it was pretty […] Continue »

Asian American Frozen Foods: Review: Trader Joe’s Bi Bim Bap Bowl

Asian American Frozen Foods: Review: Trader Joe's Bi Bim Bap Bowl

I’m a big fan Korean food, especially Korean BBQ. But I also like bibimbap: “The word literally means “mixed rice”. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang (a fermented soybean paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating.” At my local […] Continue »

Asian American Frozen Foods: Review: Trader Joe’s Pork Shu Mai

Asian American Frozen Foods: Review: Trader Joe's Pork Shu Mai

I a single guy and not necessarily a great cook. I do enjoy cooking, but cooking for one person can be a challenge at times. Also, I’m acutely aware of wasting food, so oftentimes I wind up buying frozen foods. That isn’t exactly very healthy, but it is convenient. What I’ve noticed the past few years is that places like Trader Joe’s, Costco and even supermarkets like Safeway, will carry a lot of frozen Chinese, […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Jimmy John’s Saves the Day: Stangry

Asian American Commercial Watch: Jimmy John's Saves the Day: Stangry

I was watching an 2017 NBA Playoffs game when I saw this Jimmy John’s TV commercial. To be honest, I had never heard of Jimmy John’s before I saw this commercial – but their sandwiches, from what I could see – reminded me of Jersey Mike’s. Apparently, there are a few Jimmy John’s in San Francisco, but certainly not that pervasive (like Subway) and none in Silicon Valley. Ran Wei is the actress in the commercial […] Continue »