Category Archives: Food & Drink

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Tostitos “Reposting”

https://youtu.be/QmXWZDSLuAc 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 – … Continue reading

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Din Tai Fung Opens 4th Branch in Greater Seattle – Westfield Southcenter

Back in March of this year, I had blogged about Seattle’s 3rd Din Tai Fung restaurant opening in downtown Seattle. Well, the 4th one is now open at Westfield Southcenter, as described here: “The long-awaited arrival of Din Tai Fung’s … Continue reading

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Asian Americans are driving up Jerky’s Popularity

Of the many areas where Asian Americans affect American life, the last place I expected to see an influence is with jerky.  Jerky has never been a favorite of mine (it’s okay), so I was surprised to read that Asian … Continue reading

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