I don’t remember how I found out about New Phnom Penh, but after I did, I keep coming back. So do my friends, whom I gladly introduced them to Philly’s tastiest hủ tiếu. Hủ tiếu at New Phnom Penh is 98 percent similar to the Vietnamese take on the recipe. I left the two percent out because no food is ever identical, isn’t it? Since the restaurant’s name has suggested their originality, I’m assuming that this would be how hủ tiếu is made in Cambodia too.
To all of Philadelphia's soon-to-be brides and grooms, we hope you went last Sunday.
We had a pleasure to attend the annual Wedding Showcases, hosted by Garces Events at Cira Centre (where JG Domestic is located) as a part of @phillyfoodgal’s #TravelWithChefCheryl Foodie Series.
It was a rare chance to taste all of Garces Group’s delicacies in one place: from The Olde Bar to Distrito to Village Whiskey and much more. Other vendors that we greatly enjoyed were Lil Pop Shop, Desserts by Dana, Little Baby Ice Cream, and Sweet T's Bakery.
While we could go on for days and days, we think it's best for the photos to speak for themselves.
Yes, unless Philly decides to fool us again like it always does, the weather is only going to get more beautiful from now on. One relatively new dessert place we all agree that everyone needs to know is Fruit Life. We have been regulars at Fruit Life for a while already, ever since they opened their doors back in last September. Yet we think now is a perfect time to let everyone fall in love with Chinatown’s tastiest mango shaved ice like how we did.
Specialized in mango sweet treats, the store’s menu consists diverse variations of the tropical weather’s fruit babe. Ranging from brain-freeze sweet treats to warm dessert bowls, their offerings surprised us from one to another. Let us walk you through a visual diary first. And then let you crave for days.
Located in the heart of Chinatown (obviously...), Chinatown Square has been having their soft opening for weeks now. And in anticipation of their grand opening this upcoming Saturday, February 16, we visited and tried pretty much every restaurant inside the food hall. From the infamous The Halal Guys to Kurry Korner to Khmer Grill, Chinatown Square offers a wide range of food selection. While the quality exceeds other nearby food courts, Chinatown Square, after all, is still a food hall where quantity goes before quality. I’m sure there are other better places for curry or tacos or buns. However, how easy can one find all at once?
Come check the beautifully renovated building this weekend if you have some free time not busy being a homebody... Just kidding, but if you ARE, then guess what, Halal Guys offers delivery too. Now that's a no excuse.
I’m sorry. To all the cats that I had obliviously commented on how their eyes creeped me out, or how they all looked unfriendly, and how I would always prefer dogs over cats: please accept my sincere apology. Teamed up with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the café also functions as a temporary and safe living environment for the kitties, until they find a new home.
Home to University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and University of The Sciences in Philadelphia, the neighborhood is a cultural melting pot. A diverse demographic of students and faculty from all over the world comes along with needs for different dining experiences. As an alumnus of Drexel University, who is still living here, I can tell you there weren’t many options to choose from roughly three or four years ago, particularly for Asian food.
Five years with many changes, while some closed that left us with nostalgia, others quickly filled in and have made this food scene as promising as ever. From big names to boutique restaurants, hopefully, this food guide is useful when needed.
2016 has been a great year for Hungry Chopsticks. We (finally) introduced our blog, where we have been dedicating much more time and efforts in featuring local Asian food spots. We also established our Hawaii column (btw, it is a permanent establishment since we welcomed Bien to the HC family, in case anyone still confused why Lexie is always in Honolulu...she wishes, though...)
365 days with roughly 730 dining experiences (breakfast or supper for some of us), some impressed us so much while others were, unfortunately, disappointments. Nevertheless, it was hard to choose which ones were our favorites.
However, we made up our minds and appetites. Let's look back at out best dining experience this year. Surprisingly, while Philly and Honolulu are many islands apart, the two restaurants are both relatively new and both have brought excellent quality in food and services for their local patrons.
We hope you like our picks and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! (In Hawaiian, it means Happy New Year)
Sometimes it’s not the food that keeps me going back. Aside from their pho and dumplings, everything else was mediocre. What had me smiling ear to ear was the ambiance, the quirky adaptation of what it would have felt like back in Vietnam: in a random hidden alley, under dim street lights with the person I love, both casually enjoy the food and each other’s company.
Somehow at Streetside, I’ve found bits and pieces of home.
Stock is not a restaurant specializes solely in pho. It is a small and cozy cafe that serves up various Southeast Asian foods originate from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Burma, and more. While the menu is extremely minimal with only a handful of options, every single dish is an effort to preserve and recreate the unique flavors of that country’s cuisine. My first impression was right when we opened the door, the welcoming aroma of toasted anise immediately triggered my appetite.
Here are a couple of things that I like: paradigms and open space. Here is a place in Philly that has everything that I like: The Barnes Foundation. This blog post is a genuine act of appreciation for things that look nice. Things that as soon as I walked in, I was mesmerized, and was completely shut out of the chaotic downtown Philly, into a place of serenity.
Ranging from musubi to Michelin-starred restaurants, Waikiki Yokocho features several dining options that would satisfy any budget and palates. A highlight of Waikiki Yokocho is Ramen Alley featuring 4 ramen shops with different regional flavors.
We decided to check out Ramen Bario, a ramen-ya that prides itself on filling the bowl with an overflow of toppings!
Speaking of Japanese foods, who doesn't love ramen? I mean - the real ramen, not the instant package kind. Yes, ramen is also one of my most favorite Japanese foods to eat, ever. Ramen is appropriate in any occasions, really. Going for a casual dinner? Taking a girl out? Eating by yourself? Yes, yes, and yes. Hungry Chopsticks editor will narrow down some of the best ramen spots in Honolulu for ramen, ranging from Tokyo style to Kyoto style!
OK, ok, ok. So we all know that ya’ll got your Valentine’s Day dinner reservation weeks or even months in advance. Valentine’s Day is such a sexy occasion to take your darlings to candlelit dinners with love-inducing dishes. But, are those love-inducing menu dinners really living up to its name? Hungry Chopsticks will do the dirty work for you beloved readers and analyze Valentine’s Day Specials Menus from 5 popular dining spots on Oahu. From fancy Nobu to the island’s favorite Zippy’s, we are definitely on the quest to find the most aphrodisiac dinner for you honeyboos!
"Did you go to Punahou Carnival last year?" people always asked me whenever I told them I lived near Punahou School. Turns out, Punahou Carnival is one of the most awaited family fun carnivals of the year where all Punahou students and their parents prepare and run the entire event. My boss, being a proud Punahou alumni, had been telling me about this for 2 weeks in advance.
“So, what is it about Punahou Carnival that got everybody so excited?” I asked my boss.
“There are so many good foods and we go there just to pig out!” he happily exclaimed.
Since I lived three foodsteps away from the campus, it is a must for me to come pig out for two days in a row. Unfortunately, all of my pictures from the first day were lost due to a second of stupidity…Anyway, I still managed to eat as much as the first day and took as many pictures on the second day.
Situated conveniently in McCully Shopping Center, Thai Lao is one of the better dining options compared to other places. It’s also on the better side of authentic Thai restaurants that doesn’t just serve overly sweetened and greasy pad thai. My companionship and I was craving for Thai foods and we decided to go with the basic options to test out whether this restaurant was legitimate.
Hop off the plane from probably somewhere cold and snowy, all you want do to is going straight to the beach and surf. Don’t surf? No worries, there is still a ton of stuff to do in Honolulu during this sunny Christmas. Written by and for the young, single, and traveled millennial, we got you covered this Christmas from pub crawls to hiking in Honolulu.
I love eating Vietnamese foods and I cook a fair share at home pretty often, but that doesn’t mean I know how to cook every single Vietnamese dishes. There are just many dishes that can’t be the same when they’re made in a commercial kitchen compared to home-cooked version. Chinatown has an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants and therefore, I’m on a quest to find the best Vietnamese foods here. My quest is strictly concerned with authentic Vietnamese restaurants that serve the local Viet crowd, and possibly feature ambiances that teleport you straight to Vietnam!
If you’re dressing up to kickin’ it tonight in Chinatown First Friday bar crawls, chances are by the end of the night you will be craving for something sweet and cold that is not necessarily a Mai Tai. What to do? Go to Wing Shave Ice & Ice Cream parlor, just minutes away from all the hotspots in Chinatown.
Moving to Hawai’i from Philadelphia (on a whim) five months ago, I didn’t know what to expect of the urban culture here. I was pleasantly surprised with creative projects that reshape the future of Hawai’i, especially in O’ahu. There’s a lot of happenings. There’s plenty of technological and cultural transformation. SALT at Kakaa’ko is one of them. Having previously run a coffee wholesale business, entrepreneurs Tracey and Stephen Seta opened 9Bar HNL at SALT with the aspiration to cultivate the Specialty Coffee culture in Hawaii.
According to their own narrative, Little Nepal, located on the corner of Mission St and Courtland Ave, is “proudly the first Nepali restaurant in San Francisco”. Geographically, Nepal’s regional territories stretches from the Southern part of India toward the Northern part of Tibet. In which, Nepalese cultural and ethnic cuisines are strongly influenced by religious elements inherited from Hinduism and Buddhism. Evidently, there are significant initiation of Himalayan and Nepalese religious, ethnic and cultural pride embedded within this little restaurant’s decoration, service, and atmosphere. Little Nepal should be an interesting and unique experience for those who are curious about these cuisines from an intercultural perspective.
Does “sushi donut” ring a bell to you?
Shaped like a donut but tasted like a salmon roll, Project Poke has just introduced their newest celebrity at the corner of sushi and innovation.
Well, it’s almost that time of year when hints of Valentine and its effects are spreading like zombie viruses. If your life is busy with school, with work, or even with overwhelming free time for thought, you might want to consider starting the search for the little details for your perfect dream date. Don’t let the calendar fool you for It just a matter of a minute and second from now until then. Located on 399 N Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133, Tick Tock Restaurant has everything that suits for your date. Not only that they serve many traditional tastes, they also carry the dishes in many new and creative concepts.
After many cold showers, San Francisco in early spring has fresher air and cleaner streets. While once in a while the city would light up early at day time, reflective lights shaded an overly warm color on anything that leaves shadow. Ghirardelli’s and its history has remained mysteriously delicious through out the age of San Francisco, inviting more admiration and wondrous question to how it was first began and continuing to its existence.