Jet Tila Kills It With 101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die

We have definitely been to our share of cookbook releases and have to say, as far as creative, fun, talented chefs and teachers go, Jet Tila shines brightly at the top of our favorites list. His straight forward, easy going, down to earth generosity is not only engaging, it’s infectious. Jet makes us want to be not only better cooks, but better people. Needless to say, the time flew by as he demoed some dishes from his newly released, first book, 101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die.

Jet is a passionate artisan lit up by studying and cooking the authentic classics that have profoundly defined Asian cuisine. 101 Asian Dishes simplifies the culmination of his deep exploration into the origins of these gems and the spark that makes each cuisine so deliciously seductive to people all over the planet.

Vibrant photography and one page recipes are all Tila needs to explain Kung Pao Shrimp, Szechuan-style green beans or Mongolian beef. And that is the spot on amount of instruction we need to feel “in control” of a new recipe.

He also goes off on some creative tangents in surprises such as Cinnamon and Five-Spice Easy Donuts, where he again simplifies while crafting a mouthwatering dessert. Yet another win win for our hunger to learn and grow in the kitchen.

Already a fan of Jet Tila?  Interested in exploring the best of Asian cuisine from an innovative master? 101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die is the consummate guide for your culinary arsenal.

Koreatown French Bakery

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Deep in the heart of Koreatown is the seductive Paris Baguette, an elegant bakery displaying luscious traditional French pastries, as well as Asian fusion surprises. Originating in Korea, the franchise came to Los Angeles in 2005 and has been expanding ever since.

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The attractive space is well organized with crisp, clean, exceptionally packaging, making the goodies even more enticing.

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Creme filled buns and chocolate covered doughnuts glisten in glass cases.

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A wide selection of French macarons pack some serious punch. We fell hard for the passionfruit version which is a spot on, sweet and tart reflection of the tropical fruit.

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Attention to detail, design and decoration is the focus here, with sweets that are as visually ravishing as they are orally pleasurable.

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An assortment of ready to heat and eat appetizers can also be found on the shelves.

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Adorable mini croissants temp with flakey, puffed, buttery layers.

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Charming packaging makes every corner a joy to explore.

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Sandwiches, unique sausage stuffed pies and cheese tarts are savory options. Individual pastries start at under a dollar and rise to just a few greenbacks which makes us feel a whole lot better about giving in to such attractive and indulgent baked goods.

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For divine splurges that will impress at any party, Paris Baguette is one of our favorite spots to shop.

Paris Baguette, 3470 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Phone – 213-384-0404          web site – parisbaguetteusa.com

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Paris Baguette, 125 North Western Avenue, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone – 323-467-0404

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Paris Baguette, 621 South Western Avenue, Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone – 213-368-0404

Vietnamese Market Opens In The San Gabriel Valley

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Hoa Binh Vietnamese Supermarket, located in Garden Grove, opened a new branch in Rosemead late 2014, bringing a new voice to the Asian markets in the San Gabriel Valley.

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Hard to find items such as sugarcane, fresh rambutan and mangosteen are conveniently available in season.

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Soy bean products, from fresh soy milk to tofu, are on display near the back of the vegetable aisles.

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We were extremely impressed with the fresh and live seafood department which currently carries live tilapia at $4.99 a pound and live catfish at $4.70 a pound.

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Free deep fry service is available and includes cleaning, removal of head and tail, cutting into steaks, if desired, and frying, either regular or extra crispy.

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Fresh seafood on ice shines with bright eyes and shimmery scales.

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The seafood staff spends most of their time preparing fish for customers.

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A pristine meat department is well organized and offers cuts at exceptionally reasonable prices.

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Everything needed for Vietnamese cooking is on hand, from rice paper wrappers to utensils especially designed to make Asian cooking a snap.

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We found lobster and crab crackers and picks, an item that is surprisingly missing from most markets.

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A sale area at the far end of the store offers Vietnamese and other Asian imports at a significant discount, making Hoa Binh one of our new favorite markets.

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Hoa Binh Super Market, 2750 North San Gabriel Boulevard, Rosemead, CA 91770

Chinese Emporium Adventure

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We love the variety of department stores and every country has there own interpretation. In Monterey Park we happened upon T S Emporium and found an amazing world of Asian and Chinese goods.

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Aisles of household products designed especially for the Asian kitchen were priced exceptionally well and beautifully displayed. We purchased the tea tin below for under $7.00 and couldn’t be more pleased with the way it looks on our countertop.

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Joss paper and other ceremonial accessories line one colorful wall.

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Fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables have a small section at competitive prices.

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We found our favorite chili oil loaded with peanuts and sesame seeds on the shelves and paid just a few dollars a bottle.

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Other imported and locally produced sauces, oils, vinegars and condiments are all inexpensive at this well stocked shop.

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Asian cooking pots and dishes of all types demanded our attention and inspection.

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Rice cookers, casseroles, double boilers, you name it and T S Emporium has it.

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Asian good luck and feng shui sculptures to protect the home abound.

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As do a profusion of plates, bowls, soup spoons and chopsticks.

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Shoppers lacking stamina are sometimes seen sleeping in carts.

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A second space on the premises is dedicated to Chinese herbs, where drawer upon drawer conceal ingredients destined for prescribed tea and tincture mixes to cure what ails customers.

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We saw some mighty pricy ginseng root which is revered for its regenerative powers.

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While less expensive medicinal and health oriented packages are offered in the main emporium.

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T S Emporium is a fantastic spot to explore Chinese culture, cuisine and healing practices and partake if the mood strikes. We definitely enjoyed the adventure and have added to the beauty, health and deliciousness going on in our home.

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T S Emporium: Tak Shing Hong, 122 West Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Phone – 626-288-8788           web site – etsemporium.com

Imports, Selection And Live Seafood Abound In Asian Markets

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Asian Markets are a joy to shop. We find so many exciting items that pique our curiosity and encourage us to dive right in. Shun Fat Market in Monterey Park is a prime example of what we love best about foreign supermarkets.

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First and foremost the seafood section has a fantastic selection of live, fresh and frozen fish.

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Clean tanks display live fish and shellfish, including oysters and clams.

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Prices are very reasonable on a wide variety of seafood.

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We love the expansion of unusual offerings, including frozen durian, the king of fruit.

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A butchers counter offers meat at minuscule prices.

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While coffee and tea lovers have long aisles full of options, sometimes with coffee, milk and tea all in the same package.

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And what is a great coffee or tea break without an extensive selection of exotic cookies to serve alongside.

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We can always find our birds nest drink, a health supplement according to ancient Chinese medicine.

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And tons of noodles,

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to complete any cuisine or recipe.

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The produce section offers choices we simply cannot find in traditional markets, including cases of sweet young coconut at $9.99 for a case of 9.

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Rice bagged for serious consumption is the standard.

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Small shops offering jewelry, sweets, snacks, clothes, sunglasses and household goods make a final attempt to fulfill customers needs as they make their way to the parking lot.

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We appreciate Asian markets for carrying everything we need and want. They also extend what is accessible to us to include imported Asian goods that expand our palate, kitchen ware and view of our small planet in exciting and interactive ways.

Shun Fat Supermarket, 421 North Atlantic Boulevard, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Phone – 626-308-3998          web site – shunfatsupermarket.com

 

Impressive Asian Cuisine In West LA

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We returned to Asian Fusion to delve deeper into their Asian cuisine mix.  The Vietnamese owners have a way with not only Vietnamese food but also Chinese, Korean and Thai, no small feat.

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The dining room is pleasant with steaming soup bowls carved into the seat backs.

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The menu expresses the diversity available and we were beyond pleasantly surprised by the proficiency they have with all of it.

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We began with the Japanese favorite edamame, these lightly salted soy beans were tender and warm, getting us off to a great start.

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We couldn’t resist the hybrid cheese wonton appetizer of fried wonton wrappers stuffed with a dollop of herb infused cream cheese. Crispy skins erupt with creamy flavor that can be dipped in the sweet and sour sauce served alongside.

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The flakey egg rolls come 2 or 4 to an order depending on what is requested.

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Tender poultry mixed with greens fill the chicken dumplings that come with a ginger packed sweet chili sauce enhancing the mild crescents.

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We love their banh mi and again had to heed the call of soft French baguettes cradling grilled meats with pickled and fresh herbs and vegetables.

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The caramelized marinade is singed onto the edges of super tender chicken for a flavor pop that along with tangy radish and carrots, fresh cilantro and hit of jalapeño, meld in perfect unison inside freshly baked bread.

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The pork version is also warm, moist, juicy savory goodness against the cool vegetable toppings.

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The extensive menu covers 125 Asian dishes in all, plus sides and drinks.

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Pan fried noodles are crisped brown under a riot of sautéed vegetables and protein of customers choosing.

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While beef udon are extra thick, well cooked al dente soft noodles that can be served with succulent slices of beef and a flavor-filled array of onion and peppers.

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Large portions and lunch specials make Asian Fusion an affordable and honestly one of the best Asian/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurants we have on the westside of Los Angeles.  We will be visiting his hidden treasure often for a delightful taste of some of the most well loved Asian cuisines available in Los Angeles.

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Asian Fusion, 1710 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone – 424-298-8247          web site – asianfusionla.com

Our Dream Fish Market

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We love fish and are always looking for the freshest fish markets.  We think we have found a winner in Seafood Paradise.

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We were thrilled with the colorful Sea Worldesk tanks which are pristinely clean and loaded with lively fish and shellfish.

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Beautiful shelled creatures lounge under fountains of crystal clear cascading waters.

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The infinity pool concept abounds along the western wall, constantly circulating and purifying the watery enclosures.

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What looked to us like very happy shrimp and oysters do what they do best in their spotless homes.

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We also love the prices and saw such as Maine lobster for $9.99 a pound and Dungeness crab at $12.99 a pound.

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If exotic is your thing, sea snails are abundant.

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As are live frogs at $4.99 a piece.

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Besides the numerous tanks with live sea creatures they also feature fresh seafood on ice.

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All looking bright eyed and ready to go these beauties were also well priced.

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Eel and squid glisten, packed on ice and ready to become part of our favorite Asian recipes.

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A tiny produce section carries some essentials to enhance the fish dishes. All in all we found Seafood Paradise to be immaculately clean, with beautiful live and fresh on ice seafood. They are happy to take care of the challenging task of dispatching our super fresh dinner which we greatly appreciate, and they do it all with prices that make the drive out to Rosemead a no brainer.

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Seafood Paradise Fish Market, 8955 East Garvey Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770
Phone – 626-288-2088

Chinese Korean Magic

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Korea town is a huge expanse of business’ and restaurants reflecting Korean culture, traditional and melded cuisines.

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Zzamong is one spot that combines Korean soup and noodles dishes with Chinese food.

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Upon arriving hot tea and a smattering of banchan were presented.

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Sweet, pickled daikon radish are addicting and crunchy.

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Spicy radish cubes offer a hot contrast to the other dishes.

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A small saucer of black bean sauce is a salty dip for the freshly chopped onion served alongside.

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There specialities include a black bean jjaljanqnyun and spicy seafood jjampong.  The spicy seafood jjampong is a complex, spicy soup bowl loaded with muscles, shrimp, calamari, clams and vegetables that we immediately fell in love with. If spicy speaks to you, a warm, comforting bowl of this soup will make your day.

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Appetizers and lunch  specials make the reasonably priced offerings even more enticing.

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We ordered a combination which pulls together four of their most famous dishes and serves them up for a price of just under $24.

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The freshly fried beef dumplings are crisp and juicy.

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While the black beans and onion laden noodle dish caries a savory homestyle feel.

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The long noodles are tossed and cut to make eating them an easier endeavor.

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We informed them we love spicy and a container of seriously hot chili powder arrived that we doused over our noodles liberally.  The addition of vinegar from the table also kicked these comforting noodles into another realm of satisfaction.

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Our combination came with a thick, crispy battered sweet and sour pork, providing enough food for four people.

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And we must mention that we were regaled with magic all through dinner, that’s a chicken he pulled together in just seconds from a dish rag.

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Between the spicy seafood soup that we fell in love with, the abundance of freshly made food, great prices and the magic show that went on at intervals throughout dinner we were amazed, amused and well fed, all things we love about exploring Korea Town.

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Zzamong, 4255 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone – 213-739-2747      web site – zzamongrestaurant.com

 

 

 

 

 

Savoring Fresh, Organic, Slow Food At Slow Fish

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We recently had the pleasure of savoring slow food during our dining experience at Slow Fish.  We throughly enjoyed their commitment to uber-fresh, organic, blended Japanese, Korean and Italian cuisine.

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The playfully elegant dining room is a relaxing setting to snuggle into for a tranquil and healthy meal.

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Check out the board near the sushi bar for a list of daily special in addition to the extensive menu.

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We began our Slow Fish repast with a sweet blue crab salad pairing the snap and fresh ocean taste of seaweed salad with not only blue crab, but also firm tofu squares drizzled in goma dressing.

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The Slow Fish well rounded sushi menu, offers sushi and rolls that can be made with the super food, black rice or forbidden rice. This nutty flavored delicacy is lower in sugar and higher in fiber, antioxidants and mineral content than both white and brown rice, adding beauty and health benefits to our meal.

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We dove into their meaty seared ahi tuna carpaccio. The fish is enhanced by a blanket of sour onion and sweet pickled lotus root and radish, adding a crunch to the tender, succulent red slices marinating in a lemon juice spiked dressing.

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The Korean halibut carpaccio starts with a sharp, radish sprout bite, then pickled capers add tang to the slight spicy dance on the tongue before being calmed by parmesan shavings.

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We can’t say enough good things about the salmon with sweet, cool, juicy mango and creamy avocado.  It’s finished with a sprinkling of sea salt kicking the fruit and bright pink sashimi into the highest levels of pleasure and enjoyment.

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Thick slices of albacore are first seared before being doused in a citrus and mustard ponzu and then topped with radish sprouts and sliced green onion, creating a sweet tart experience with the melt in your mouth fish slabs.

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The gangster wrap is tuna and cucumber stuffed into a soy paper wrapper with no rice, so nothing takes away from the freshness delivered. A dip in the small side dish of spicy sauce and a squeeze of lemon juice, serves to enhance and highlight the roll even further.  This is one tasty gangster wrap.

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The menu is loaded with small plates of salad, vegetable and fish dishes to share.

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Besides being a beautiful architectural structure, the fat avo is also mouthwatering seasoned albacore tuna in a woven avocado embrace, atop a sweet, sticky puddle of unagi sauce and a goma character of smooth sesame richness.

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The tuna tostada starts with crispy fried wonton skins and tops them with a refreshing salad of aji tuna and juicy tomato chunks tossed in a spicy dressing. We could eat this tuna salad all day long in a myriad of ways and be exceptionally happy campers.

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Slow Fish has an eclectic lunch menu to entice the foodie in all of us at prices that satisfy our wallets as much as our palates.

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We couldn’t leave without a solid helping of black rice under miso cream sauce concealing mushrooms and a delicate filet of halibut. The saltiness of the miso is balanced by the rich creamy Japanese/Italian melding that all soaks into the forbidden rice and is impossible to stop eating. Small bundles of pickled jalapeño and onion cut through the richness and add a jolt of tartness and heat to the mix.  An explosion of flavors, textures and temperatures all add up to one remarkable entree.

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For an immersion into fresh, organic, healthy Asian fusion, Slow Fish brings a variety of tastes that are unique and exciting in their presentation and flavor profile, which makes us wonder why we would ever eat anything but slow food.

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Slow Fish, 5406 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone – 323-930-0170          web site – slowfishusa.com

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Slow Fish, 16051 Bolsa Chica Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Phone – 714-846-6951

Asian Secrets Down Every Aisle

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While in Arcadia we stumbled upon Arcadia Supermarket. The brightly lit broad space is a treasure trove of Taiwanese products, produce, frozen items, fresh meats, fish, chicken and everything we could imagine an Asian market offering.

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Upon entering, an array of kitchenware and colorful household goods entice.

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The produce section carries hard to find fruit and vegetables at great prices.  We picked up a case of nine young coconuts for $9.99 and found the water inside insanely sweet and the meat we scraped out now has a date with our new dehydrator.

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Bananas are .39 cents a pound and Asian greens galore inspire us to include these healthy vegetables on our dinner plate.

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Great prices abound on sake, where giant bottles hover between $6 and $10.

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Looking for salted duck eggs? They’ve got it.

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Or maybe fresh duck eggs are more your style, look no further than next to the chicken eggs.

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Fresh Taiwanese noodles call us to create soups and noodle dishes with the freshest of ingredients.

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Main lobster, Dungeness crab, you name it, they have super fresh as well as live seafood, all but guaranteeing a perfect meal.

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We were impressed with the prices and color of the meat.

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And we know where we’re going next time we need a slab of pork ribs.

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The sale corner caught our eye, we can’t resist a bargain.

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For an adventure down every aisle while exploring Asian secrets for the kitchen, home and dinning room, a trip to Arcadia Supermarket fits the bill.

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Arcadia Supermarket, 645 West Duarte Road, Arcadia, CA 91007
Phone – 626-447-6282