Sep 2018

Mr. Champion – Arcadia

Mr. Champion - Arcadia

I have eaten a lot of cheung fun in my day, usually at dim sum and almost always resting in a puddle of sweet soy sauce. A Cantonese breakfast staple, these delicate steamed rice rolls come filled with proteins like shrimp and beef, and even fried crullers if you’re lucky.

I thought I knew all there was to know about cheung fun, until the ones made at Mr. Champion popped in my ‘gram feed and stopped me in my tracks. These were not ordinary cheung fun…

Mr. Champion - Arcadia

Here at Mr. Champion, the rice rolls are twisted just so, with proteins either embedded within or resting on top of the noodle-y sheets. It’s hard to say which is more exceptional: the cheung fun‘s braided texture or the bounce of each bite.

Mr. Champion - Arcadia

The Astronomer, June, and I sampled two varieties over lunch and regretted not ordering more. Punctuated by pieces of sweet pork, the “BBQ Pork Rice Noodle Roll” ($3.75) with egg ($1) was so very good.

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Sep 2018

{swoon} Chef Roxana Jullapat’s Desserts at Friends & Family

Friends & Family - Los Angeles (East Hollywood)

The Astronomer and I made our way to Friends & Family in East Hollywood as soon as dinner service commenced earlier this summer. Following a feast of Spretzels,  stone fruit salad, chicken liver mousse with pickled apricots, clams, and grilled lamb merguez sausages, we selected a dessert each to finish.  When Chef Roxana Jullapat is behind the oven, it’s futile to compromise on a single dessert—better to order whatever one’s heart desires.

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Aug 2018

Sari Sari Store – Los Angeles (Downtown)

Sari Sari Store - Grand Central Market - Los Angeles

The #filipinofoodmovement is heating up in Los Angeles, and Chef Margarita Manzke‘s Sari Sari Store is a standout among the panoply of newly opened Pinoy places. (Previously, we dined at LASA for The Astronomer’s 34th birthday.)

Sari Sari Store - Grand Central Market - Los Angeles

Sari Sari Store’s cooking was so very good that my cousin Jessica and I didn’t mind sweating through our lunch this afternoon. The 1917-era building that houses Grand Central Market heats up like you wouldn’t believe, especially during the peak of summer, but man it was so worth it. Yow!

Sari Sari Store - Grand Central Market - Los Angeles

We ordered two mains, two desserts, and a Melon Slush ($6.30) to share between the two of us. The “Sisig Fried Rice” bowl ($13), an intriguingly rich mash up of crispy head cheese, garlic rice, onions, chilis, and ginger, came topped with a fried egg complete with lacy whites and a runny yolk. Filipino fish sauce and vinegar were on hand to balance the dish as we pleased.

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