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
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
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
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
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