Sunday, June 25, 2006

Seafood Kingdom Chinese Restaurant

A restaurant that we try to go to every week here in Southern California is Seafood Kingdom Chinese Restaurant (we call Sundays "Dim sum Dominggo"). The food on the regular menu is good, but we go there for the Dim sum. The price is reasonable (they have a never-ending 20% discount offer for it), and there are so many seafood choices, which makes me happy. I eat my fill of shrimp dumplings, shrimp-stuffed tofu, scallops, shrimp with snowpeas, and the like. I enjoy eating there so much. Even if we are only three and a half (Aidan enjoys the shrimp dumplings, though), we end up ordering up to 18 kinds of Dim sum per meal.

I did some research on Dim sum, since I've been eating it since I was a child and I don't know exactly what the term means. So... according to Wikipedia (which my professors look at with disdain), Dim sum is a Chinese light meal or brunch served with tea. It is usually eaten from morning-to-early afternoon with family or friends. Dim sum consists of a wide spectrum of choices. It has combinations of meat, vegetables, seafood, and fruit. It is usually served in a small basket or on a small dish.

Dim Sum is a Cantonese term, literally translated as dot heart or order heart, meaning order to one's heart's content. Classical dim sum includes buns, dumplings and rice rolls, which contain a range of ingredients, including beef, chicken, pork, prawns and vegetarian options. Many dim sum restaurants also offer plates of steamed green vegetables, roasted meats, congee porridge and other soups.

The serving sizes are usually small and normally served as three or four pieces in one dish. It is customary to order family style, sharing dishes among all members of the dining party. Because of the small portions, people can try a wide variety of food. Dim sum dishes can be ordered from a menu or sometimes the food is wheeled around on a mobile cart by servers.

Seafood Kingdom Chinese Restaurant
9802 Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 636-0398

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Captain Thai Restaurant

As I think I've mentioned before, one thing that makes me extremely happy to be in Southern California is the abundance of Thai restaurants in the area. A restaurant we often go to, and where we had dinner for my nephew Aidan's birthday, is Captain Thai Restaurant. It's very near my brother Jerick's house, which is why we go there pretty often.

Our favorite dish there is the Garlic Shrimp, though we have to order two servings because eight pieces (per serving) are not enough. We also have to tell them to add extra garlic because they sometimes don't put enough. I also like their Curry shrimp, because the sauce goes very well with rice. We sometimes have the fish cakes as an appetizer.

The noodles are great as well; aside from the Pad Thai, their other selections are worth the carbs too. Their Spicy Noodles, as well as the one with seafood and Chinese broccoli (pictured above; the noodles are hiding under all those vegetables and the sauce), are the ones that I like. These dishes use wider noodles than they use for their Pad Thai, and they're a pleasure to bite into.

Captain Thai Restaurant
8552 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA
Tel: (714) 995-1999

Friday, June 09, 2006

Bismillah Restaurant

I have been wanting to eat some Indian food in California, since there are only a couple of Indian restaurants in Columbia. The one I went to a couple of times, called Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine had such slow service (we waited an hour for our food) that I've sworn off going there. I have good memories of eating at Prince Jaipur at The Fort in Makati, and I've been looking for a restaurant that served Indian food that good.

After winning a game of rock, paper, scissors with Kuya, who wanted to eat Mexican, off we went to Bismillah Restaurant, which served Indian and Pakistani food. I ordered Shrimp Masala, some Papadum (spicy Indian crackers), Garlic Naan (leavened bread also called Roti) and Biryani Rice. (You can tell I'm not on the South Beach Diet.)

The Shrimp Masala was good and just hot enough for me. It wasn't too photogenic though which is why I don't have a picture of it on here. I liked the Papadum though I always end up wanting to eat more of it because it's so thin and insubstantial. I liked the Garlic Naan the best, which I dipped into the sauce of the Shrimp Masala. The rice was also good, and it also went well with the sauce of the shrimp.

I didn't find the dishes that I loved to eat in Prince of Jaipur back home, but I enjoyed my meal at Bismillah anyway.

Bismillah Restaurant
8901 Knott Ave #D (Lincion)
Buena Park , CA 90620
Phone: (714) 827-7201

Friday, June 02, 2006

Thai Sky

I'm spending my summer break (three whole months! I love being a student!) at my brother Jerick's in Buena Park, California. One thing I really love about coming to visit him, his wife Liz, and their son Aidan, is that there are so many kinds of restaurants to try. Columbia, Missouri has its charms, but there's not much variety of cuisine in town.

Thai food is my favorite kind (so far), and there are so many Thai restaurants in the West Coast. A lot of them are affordable too. One of the restaurants we usually go to is called Thai Sky, an unpretentious place that has reasonable prices. In our last visit, we had Spicy Crab Noodles in lieu of the usual Pad Thai, some Ginger Fish, and a dish we always order when we find it, Fried Shrimp Rolls.

I want to learn how to cook Thai food, it's just that its ingredients are not easily available, especially in the midwest. (Also, I might be a little too lazy to shop for all those ingredients!) So, I'll just enjoy eating in different Thai restaurants while I'm here in California.

Thai Sky Restaurant
(562) 426-4192
2415 Pacific Ave
Long Beach, CA 90806

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Koi Chinese and Sushi

On a recent trip to Chicago, I ate in Koi Chinese & Sushi, which is actually located in Evanston, a nearby suburb. The server recommended their specials, which they change every month or so. Since she was very enthusiastic about her recommendations, I chose two dishes from the list of specials. One dish was shrimp with mango, peas, and carrots. It was the kind of dish you can order in some Chinese restaurants where the sauce is mayonnaise-based and is a little sweet (other versions of this dish have walnuts). I have asked my Chinese friends about this dish, but they say they do not usually use mayonnaise in their dishes. At any rate, I usually like this dish, whether it's truly Chinese or not.

The other dish I ordered which I was very happy with was the Red Dragon Sushi. As evident in the picture, the sushi is shaped like a dragon. It had cucumber, tuna, cream cheese, and shrimp tempura in it. The tempura gave it a very good texture when I bit into it. It was so good! I would like to go back to Koi, but only if they still have this sushi in their list of specials.

Koi Chinese & Sushi
(847) 866-6969
624 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201