Kung Fu Soy - Shaolin Signature #1,

Kung Fu Soy: Where’s the Soy in This New LA Taiwanese Dessert Spot?

Kung Fu Soy is a relatively new venue in Montery Park, just a few minutes east of LA, that tries to differentiate itself in the over saturated Boba/Taiwanese dessert market by offering Tofu Pudding. Frankly, I love tofu pudding and this place makes a decent one; although it’s not amazingly silky smooth, the tofu pudding tastes fine.

However, for a store named Kung Fu SOY, I’m incredibly disappointed by how small a role the tofu pudding played in their dishes. First of all, the tofu desserts occupy only about 1/3 of the menu. The other main elements of this dessert shop is Aiyu and Herbal Jelly; 3 main signature ingredients in total.

Kung Fu Soy Menu - The menu offers 3 types of desserts on the left panel using their 3 signature ingredients: tofu pudding, aiyu, and herbal jelly. The customer also has an option of customizing their dessert dish on the right side of the menu.

Kung Fu Soy Menu – The menu offers 3 types of desserts on the left panel using their 3 signature ingredients: tofu pudding, aiyu, and herbal jelly. The customer also has an option of customizing their dessert dish on the right side of the menu.

I ordered the Shaolin Signature #1, which seemed like their signature tofu dessert dish. It contained tofu pudding, taro balls, sweet potato balls, red beans, boba, and red dates over a bit of shaved ice. For $7, it wasn’t that much tofu; rather, the tofu pudding was a topping for the shaved ice rather than the dessert. I would have loved it if they reversed the proportions and made the pudding into the base rather than the topping. In addition, they also try to flash the limelight on Herbal Jelly and Aiyu, which are delicious toppings found in Taiwan desserts. However, again, they are just additional topping options.

Kung Fu Soy - Shaolin Signature #1,

Shaolin Signature #1 -tofu pudding, taro balls, sweet potato balls, red beans, boba, and red dates over a bit of shaved ice

This place is cute, but I’m not too optimistic of how well they will do in the long run. Their menu is also pretty chaotic and could be a lot more user-friendly. Continue reading

United Lounge @ LAX

Review: United Lounge @ LAX (Los Angeles, CA)

The United Lounge at LAX has been saying that they are currently doing renovations. This is re-assuring because I went there for some pre-flight lounge time recently and the lounge has  a style that looks like it was the hippest thing back in the 90’s. As soon as I walked in, I noticed that the feel of the lounge was off; it felt like I just walked into a corporate cafeteria and recreation room from the early 2000’s (If I knew what one looked like back then). The lounge can be separated into 3 sections. There’s a large lounge seating area in the center. To the one side of that lounge seating area are what seemed like conference tables, and on the other side is the cafeteria-looking bar.

United Lounge @ LAX

Relatively spacious lounge seating area

United Lounge @ LAX

One side of the room was filled with what looked like collaboration conference work tables

United Lounge @ LAX

United Lounge bar area that seems like it’s from a converted corporate cafeteria

At the very least, it seems like the food selection update has made it to LAX. Continue reading

Chaû Gioø, Eggroll – crispy rice paper rolls filled with pork, wood ear mushroom, clear vermicelli & vegetables served
with Asian greens & lime chili fish sauce

Review: Broadard Restaurant in Orange County

The Broadard Restaurant on Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, Orange County is a hidden gem that is worth visiting if you’re around Los Angeles. The Vietnamese restaurant is behind the Mall of Fortune plaza and is easily one of the better Vietnamese restaurants in the area. Not only is the place spacious and clean, the food it serves are reasonably priced (~$5-8 for most dishes) and incredibly delicious; taking in the flavors of authentic Vietnamese family cooking.

(Left) Chaïo Toâm Cuoán, Shrimp Spring Roll – grilled shrimp paste wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, carrots, daikon, mint, cilantro, chives & cucumber served with house special sauce (Right) Nem Nöôùng Cuoán, Pork Spring Roll – grilled pork sausage wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, chives, daikon & mint served with house special sauce

(Left) Chaïo Toâm Cuoán, Shrimp Spring Roll – grilled shrimp paste wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, carrots, daikon, mint, cilantro, chives & cucumber served with house special sauce.
(Right) Nem Nöôùng Cuoán, Pork Spring Roll – grilled pork sausage wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, chives, daikon & mint served with house special sauce.

The Spring Rolls are done incredible well with a generous amount of flavors and ingredients, The ingredients are balanced,work well together, and explodes with flavor even as you want to dunk it in either the savory house special sauce or sweet and sour fish sauce. Definitely one of the best shrimp and bbq pork spring rolls I’ve had.

Chaû Gioø, Eggroll – crispy rice paper rolls filled with pork, wood ear mushroom, clear vermicelli & vegetables served with Asian greens & lime chili fish sauce

Chaû Gioø, Eggroll – crispy rice paper rolls filled with pork, wood ear mushroom, clear vermicelli & vegetables served with Asian greens & lime chili fish sauce

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