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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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)Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Over the past summer, Philly welcomed several new ice cream shop openings that serve the popular artisan rolled ice cream. Since sweaters weather is almost over, there is an apparent decline on our social media feeds about those photogenic rolls. But that should not stop anyone from visiting Teassert Bar because guess what, they have rolled out a new menu for Falls that includes yumlicious snacks and bubble tea.Read More
Despite its lack of advertisement, the restaurant still gets busy times to times, most of the customers are regulars, or semi-regulars, like myself. How can I be so certain? The casual way incoming diners and waiters talk to each other, occasionally in Indonesian, shows it all. While everything may change: new address, additional seating, unintentionally intimate ambiance from the scarce light fixtures, the food remains the same.Read More
Established with an ideal of a casual spot for quick and fulfilling meals, a place where you can eat in or take out, Miles Table has been the Graduate Hospital neighborhood’s gem. I have been here a couple times for brunch, but never actually sat down and enjoyed their dinner. Thanks to Chef Cherryl from @phillyfoodgal and Jennifer from Breslow Partners (the PR mastermind behind some of Philly’s most innovative fast casual spots) that we had a chance to tasted their new and exciting offerings for the Fall season.Read More
Halloween is less than a couple days away. So I hope my attempt to stay timely and consistent with my blog content isn’t that obvious.Read More